Christian Meditation

The all important aim in Christian Meditation is to allow God’s mysterious presence within us to become more and more not only a reality, but the reality which gives meaning, shape and purpose to everything we do, to everything we are…

John Main, OSB

Meditation is not something new to the Christian experience, but is deeply rooted in Christian tradition. However, many Christians have lost touch with this ancient tradition of prayer. Meditation involves coming to a stillness of spirit and a stillness of body. The extraordinary thing is that, in spite of all the distraction of the modern world, this silence is perfectly possible for all of us. To attain this silence and stillness, we have to devote time, energy and love.

The way to set out on this pilgrimage is to recite a short phrase, a word that today is commonly called a mantra. The mantra is simply a means of turning our attention beyond ourselves, a method of drawing us away from our own thoughts and concerns. The real work of meditation is to attain harmony of body, mind, and spirit. This is the aim given us by the psalmist: “Be still and know that I am God.”

St. Paul wrote (Rom. 8:26) that “we do not know how to pray, but the spirit prays within us.” What this means in the language of our own day is that before we can pray, we first have to learn to become still, to become attentive. Only then can we enter into loving awareness of the Spirit of Jesus deep within our heart.

Meditation, known also as contemplative prayer, is the prayer of silence, the place where direct contact with Christ can occur, once the never ceasing activity of the mind has been stilled. In meditation we go beyond words, thoughts, and images into the presence of God within.

St. John of the Cross says, “God is the centre of my soul”. Julian Norwich says, “God is the still point at my centre.” Meditation is this daily pilgrimage to one’s own centre.

Meditation, therefore, is an inner journey of silence, stillness and simplicity, and is the missing contemplative dimension of much Christian life today.

Regular Activities:
Christian Meditation Group meets every Tueday at 8pm
The Chapel, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament
122 Barbadoes St, Christchurch

For more information:
Email Max, or Alice
Phone: Max 980 6794 or Alice 960 1006

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