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There is vocal prayer and meditation, but what exactly is contemplative prayer? Ask a Carmelite Sister.here. Sr. Laus Gloriae, O.C. D.  explains what contemplation is and even gives the three signs of transition into contemplative prayer that St. John of Cross writes about in his work The Dark Night.

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O Lord Jesus Christ Who,

Before ascending into heaven

Promised to send the Holy Spirit

To finish Your work

In the souls of Your Apostles and Disciples.

Grant that same Holy Spirit to me,

That He may perfect in my soul

The work of Your grace and Your love

Grant me:

The Spirit of Wisdom

That I may despise

The perishable things of this world

And aspire only after

The things that are eternal.

The Spirit of Understanding

To enlighten my mind

With the light of Your divine truth,

The Spirit of Counsel

That I may ever choose

The surest way of pleasing God

And gaining heaven,

The Spirit of Fortitude

That I may bear my cross with You

And that I may overcome with courage

All the obstacles

That oppose my salvation,

The Spirit of Knowledge

That I may know God

And know myself and

Grow perfect in the science of the Saints,

The Spirit of Piety

That I may find

The service of God sweet and amiable,

The Spirit of Fear

That I may be filled

With a loving reverence towards God

And may dread in any way to displease Him.

Mark me, dear Lord,

With the sign of Your true disciples and

Animate me in all things with Your Spirit.

Amen.

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Praying the rosary can be considered a daily “pause for prayer”. Yet, praying it is not always easy, and our praying the rosary is in constant need of renewal in order to keep it from becoming dry and performed out of routine and losing its spiritual fruitfulness.

Perhaps a look at Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter on the Rosary can help us to renew our efforts to pray this beautiful prayer better. Rosarium Virginis Marie was written in October 2002. In it the Holy Father added the new Luminous Mysteries to the rosary and presented a catechesis on this devotion.

Read more here at Suscipio.



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