Please contact Rev. Cari at the Crossroads office if you would like some support for your prayer life. She would be glad to assist you first by engaging you in conversation about your current practice of prayer, and then by making a few gentle suggestions about different approaches you might try next. Prayer is a relationship with God which can undergo ups and downs like any other relationship. Please reach out if you are feeling lost or disconnected from God.
During the seasons of Advent (preparing for Christmas) and Lent (preparing for Easter) we post daily Scripture texts for the use for the use of spiritual seekers. (Please see below for the Lenten texts and how to use them.) For suggestions of texts at other times of the year, please be in touch with Rev. Cari.
Using the Daily Texts through Advent
First, get comfortable in your body, seated in a chair with both feet touching the floor. Calm your mind by focussing on your breathing, and acknowledge yourself to be in the presence of God. Then, ask for the grace you need. (A good one to start with is, “Please give me the grace to receive what you want to give me.”) Then slowly read the text for the day. Don’t read it for “information” but for “formation” — notice what phrases stand out for you, ask what God wants to say to you in this text. Ponder with the text for a good little while (15 minutes or more) and go where it leads without judgment. If you feel you have “wandered too far” bring yourself back with either the text or by focussing your breathing again. Then address a brief prayer to God based on your experience with the text, and if journalling is part of your practice, write a review of your time with God and this particular text.
An Introduction to Centering Prayer
Thanks to our friends at Contemplative Outreach, we have permission to share this video introducing the method and purpose of Centering Prayer, with its originator, Fr. Thomas Keating. For more information about Centering Prayer, please visit the Contemplative Outreach website.