O slideshow foi denunciado.
Utilizamos seu perfil e dados de atividades no LinkedIn para personalizar e exibir anúncios mais relevantes. Altere suas preferências de anúncios quando desejar.

Prayer - Pathway to God and Holiness

638 visualizações

Publicada em

Adult Faith Formation Presentation at McKenzie's Ale House Tuesday September 16

Publicada em: Espiritual
  • I can advise you this service - ⇒ www.HelpWriting.net ⇐ Bought essay here. No problem.
       Responder 
    Tem certeza que deseja  Sim  Não
    Insira sua mensagem aqui
  • I like this service ⇒ www.HelpWriting.net ⇐ from Academic Writers. I don't have enough time write it by myself.
       Responder 
    Tem certeza que deseja  Sim  Não
    Insira sua mensagem aqui

Prayer - Pathway to God and Holiness

  1. 1. Opening to God, A Guide To Prayer by Fr. Thomas Green, S.J.
  2. 2. What is prayer?  Prayer is the opening of the mind and heart to God. (Thomas Keating)  The desire to pray is itself a clear sign of the Lord’s presence.  Ninety-five percent of the work is His.
  3. 3. How Prayer “Happens”  The Lord makes the first move:  He knocks.  If we open to Him, He invites Himself “under our roof.”  ...but he never breaks the door down.
  4. 4. Discernment: (How Do You Know It’s God?)  Three sources of the voices:  God  Self  Devil  Discernment: discovering in prayer how the Lord wishes me personally to act:  Three guidelines for the beginner in prayer and discernment: 1. Fidelity to the Scriptures 2. Peace of heart 3. A ‘spiritual director’
  5. 5. Essentials & Components • A good pray-er is above all, a good listener.  Hearing or listening is a good metaphor for prayer.
  6. 6. Essentials & Components  QUIET and SOLITUDE  “God speaks in silences  Only those who are quiet of heart can hear what He says.”
  7. 7. Essentials & Components  Knowing Oneself:  We cannot love what we do not know. (p.93)  With a deep knowledge of God come profound realization of who we really are.  Painful  Facing honestly who and what we really are (An obvious results of sin in our lives)
  8. 8. Essentials & Components  Purification  Disposes ourselves to encounter God  Includes penance & examination of conscience.
  9. 9. Lectio Divina  Reading (lectio),  Reflecting on (meditatio)  Responding on (oratio)  Resting in (contemplatio)  ...the Word of God
  10. 10. Meditation vs. Contemplation  Meditation - thinking & praying about something you have read, seen or experienced.  Biblical passage  Writing of a saint  Icon  An answer to prayer
  11. 11. Meditation vs. Contemplation  Contemplation –  Clearing one's mind  Letting God communicate with your heart and soul.  “Centering Prayer” Thomas Keating
  12. 12. Meditation vs. Contemplation  Meditation on the scripture - essential first step  Preparation:  Remote -  Read over passage you’re going to pray about.  Consult commentaries to clarify context and basic message  Immediate -  What we do when ready to begin to pray.
  13. 13. Other Prayer Forms  Liturgy of the Hours  Charismatic  Mass  Adoration  Litanies  Devotions
  14. 14. Techniques vs. Mechanics  John 3:8: The Spirit breathes where he will, and you hear his voice, but you do not know from where he comes and where he goes;  Thus no “techniques” for making him speak.  “Can’t turn God on and off like a water faucet or an electric light.”  However ...
  15. 15. Prayer “Pathways”  One size does NOT fit all.  9 spiritual “temperaments”  Traits  Strengths  Pitfalls.
  16. 16. Prayer “Pathways”  Prayer – Loving God ...  Naturalists ... Out of Doors  Sensates ... Through the Senses  Traditionalists ... Through Ritual & Symbol  Ascetics ... In Solitude & Simplicity  Activists ... Through Confrontation  Caregivers ... By Loving Others  Enthusiasts ... With Mystery & Celebration  Contemplatives ... Through Adoration  Intellectuals ... With the Mind
  17. 17. Classics
  18. 18. Classics  Way of the Pilgrim ................  Revelations of Divine Love ....  Dark Night of the Soul ...........  Interior Castle ........................  Invitation to Love ..................  New Seeds of Contemplation  Unknown  Julian of Norwich  John of the Cross  Teresa of Avila  Thomas Merton  Thomas Keating
  19. 19. Contemporary  Sacred Romance  John Eldredge (1977, Thomas Nelson)  Daily Prayers for Busy People  Fr. William O’Malley, S.J. (2003, Ligouri)  Opening to God: A Guide to Prayer  Thomas Green (2006, Ave Maria Press)  Prayer  Pope Benedict XVI (2013, Our Sunday Visitor)

×