Heaven in Daily Statements - Episode 4

The Compendium of the Catechism number 568 tells us that there are three kinds of prayer, “vocal prayer, meditation and contemplative prayer. The feature common to all of them is the recollection of the heart.” How important is meditation? St Teresa of Avila says, “He who neglects mental prayer needs no devil to carry him to hell. He brings himself there with his own hands.” So, what does mental prayer mean? It means placing ourselves in the presence of the Blessed Trinity, being alone with none but God. Just as Jesus says, “Go into your room” (Matthew 6:6), that’s the secret space within you in which your thoughts are enclosed and when your sensations converge. This means that even if I cannot go to a church to pray, I can still meditate wherever I find myself. What matters is to shut out the noise and be keenly aware that I am in God’s presence. The opening words of a hymn of St Columba, “Alone with none but you, my God” are the perfect words we can apply at the time of meditation.

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