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CHRISTIAN CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER 

CHRISTIAN MEDITATION

Mystical experience is given to some but contemplation is for all Christians'.  Arthur Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury 1961-1974


'Love is His meaning'  Julian of Norwich

The meaning is in the waiting'   R S Thomas


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From the Archives

  • 19 Jul 2020 1:27 PM | Ann Moran (Administrator)

    This is not a book about Christian contemplative prayer, though you will meet some Christian contemplatives in its pages.  Rather, it is a wide-ranging exploration of silence in all sorts of contexts.  In writing it the author travelled widely and interviewed a wide variety of people who value silence.

    Each chapter is devoted to one theme e.g. The silence of the mountains, silence in drama, in classical music, in psycho-therapy, transcendental meditation, Zen Buddhism, a Quaker Meeting in Oxford.

    The chapter Letting go describes interviews with Fr Richard Rohr and Fr Thomas Keating.  No Words Please tells of the author's stay at Gethsemani, the Trappist monastery which was the home of Thomas Merton for many years, and there is a visit to the present day Desert Fathers in their monastery in the Egyptian desert: ..."the next three days were among the most enriching of my life‟.

    There are two moving chapters about people with blood on their hands.  The first, Better than bullets, is the story of an inter-faith group in Lebanon, some of whose members were on opposite sides during the civil war.  The group meets for an hour and a half of shared silence, followed by sharing what has come to them in the silence and ending with improvised prayers.  "A Muslim may begin, then a Christian will continue." The second is about a man doing life for murder in a Scottish jail who is helped by the Prison Phoenix Trust in his journey into meditation and a changed life.

    The final chapter describes the author's own first experience of meeting God in silence many years ago.

    Gail Ballinger

    Bloomsbury Press ISBN 9781441182234 (hardback) 2012 £16.99 ISBN 9781472909190 (paperback)2014 £8.99 e-book (£16.99) from www.bloomsbury.com/uk


  • 19 Jul 2020 12:57 PM | Ann Moran (Administrator)

    Only what is emptied can then be refilled.  When of my own will and choice I am emptied, by handing back my own will, my gifts, my thinking to God, it gives him space which he can re-fill.

    It's hard, really hard, to become convinced of this because our general experience of loss is pain.  And we are taught at all costs to avoid pain.

    On the cross Jesus deliberately gave back, emptied himself of everything he had.  He lost his control over his own actions, his few possessions, his body, his reputation, his friends, his God, his life.  And that space was refilled by God with the redemption of the whole world.

    Just for a few moments each day I take on that degree of powerlessness of which I am capable.  Journeying to that still pool where it is okay to be still; it's okay to be me;  okay to give over control;  okay to contact the child and the clown in me.  It is important to clear the channel for God to flow in the way only he knows.  That means clearing away for a few minutes the very things we prize.  Even our gifts, the very things we have worked at, can be at times rocks in the path of the smooth flow of the living water.

    Wanda Nash

    An extract from ‘Turning the Downside Up - Growing in Unexpected Places‟ HarperCollins Publishing 1995

    Wanda was a much valued contributor to and supporter of The Julian Meetings.  Sadly she died a few years ago and is greatly missed.


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