Tuesday, May 25, 2010

An Invitation to Prayer

Blessed William Joseph Chaminade recommernds that his Brothers meditate for one hour every day. He understood meditation as vital, both for the spiritual life and for our apostolic work.

According to Blessed Chaminade, this time was "meditation on the presence of God." He defined this prayer as "a calm attention to the presence of God." In order to do this during our time of prayer, Blessed Chaminade recommends great simplicity. He calls us to "this simple attention of the mind, accompanied by a gentle ardor of the heart, together with this aspiration or thrust of the heart."

Such prayer overflows into our entire day and makes our day a continuation of our meditation and of our prayer.