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Contemplative Notes

Contemplative Notes
Posted October 14, 2017


Silent Prayer as an Exercise of Contemplative Prayer:
Practical Points with Biblical References



* Have a place of silence and solitude for your exercise of silent prayer.. 

* Put aside a prolonged period of time for the prayer: —some timing device could be used—  20 minutes, 10 minutes, half an hour: Whatever you can gather together.

* Chose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.  The name of our Lord, Jesus, or similar Name of God and of the Holy Trinty.


And in the morning, a great while before day, Jesus rose and went out to a lonely place and there he prayed. Mark 1:35


And when the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. Revelation 8:1


God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow ….Philippians 2:9-10



Sit in a comfortable but attentive posture; eyes closed; hands resting still; feet  on the floor.  Place your body and mind at rest, as a still offering of sacrifice to God which is your silent attentiveness on God, as your sacrificial offering of love, your adoration.


I appeal to you, therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. Romans 12:1-2.



Have no other mental activity other than to consent in love to God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, dwelling within you,  by mentally pronouncing and echoing one Sacred Word, as for example, the Name of Jesus or by observing the gentle, steady, movement of your breath—that represents your surrender of love and consent to God.


When thoughts, or memories, or commentary, or images, or ideas of projects, or even religious phrases arise, go gently back to the Sacred Word as the simple renewal of your intention.  Take no refuge in any mental construct other than in the silence, the Presence of God within in the mystery of God’s dwelling within as in a temple.


Take refuge in the Sacred Word only when you become engaged with thoughts.


But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for such the Father seeks to worship him.  God is spirit, and those who worship him, must worship in spirit and truth.  John 4: 23-24.


VI. At the end of the time put aside for this exercise, slowly recite the Our Father,

When the committed time is finished, remain in silence for few moments.  , or verses from John 17.

--William Fredrickson, Obl.OSB, D.Min.


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