We know how hard is to Pray on times of lockdown. Missing your loved ones or feeling traped with people that doesn´t accept you as a LGBT+ leads to stress and an increased sense of isolation that makes difficult to focus and concentrate for Prayer. So, we would like to give you some tips – prepared by the GNRC Committee on Contemplative Spiritual Formation – to improve that important moment of the day and help you to join your LGBT+ sisters and brothers in common union: “Because we are all One in Christ” (Gal 3:28).
Online Prayer and the Rosary
We are made in the image of our Creator, perfect and pleasing in God’s sight. Because our Creator has made us this way, we pray the rosary, proudly and devoutly, to Our Lady so she might look upon us with her Motherly love and bring us closer to her Son, Jesus.
Find your LGBT+ Christian fellows and unite as one on their common prayer.
- English: Pray with Dignity San Diego via Youtube the Rosary every Night 7 PM (gmt-7).
- Spanish: Celebrate with Crismhom via Zoom an Ecumenical Christian Prayer every Thursday by 8:30 p.m. (gmt+2) and a Liturgy of the Word every Saturday by 7 p.m. (gmt+2).
Online Training for Contemplative Spiritual Formation
Argel Tuason – leader of the GNRC Committee on Contemplative Spiritual Formation – invites you to read and discuss Articles, materials, links and other resources relevant to spiritual formation such as topics about meditation, contemplative forms of prayer and other spiritual practices. The Online Meetings takes place every Friday starting from 3:00 PM (Germany and Netherlands) / 9:00 PM (Canada) / 9:00 AM (Philippines).
If interested, please get in touch with Argel Tuason via his FB messenger Grael Garcia Bernal or his WhatsApp +639235093463 or his email address firstname.lastname@example.org
Action and Contemplation
Both action and contemplation, once thought of as mutually exclusive, are viewed as complementary in order to bring about a more just world. We are invited to ‘put on a new head’ to see the holiness in ourselves and in everyone else too. There is no separation between the holy and the profane … the spiritual and the secular.
In 1986 Richard Rohr, OFM, founded the Center for Action and Contemplation (CAC) located in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. The Center’s philosophy is based on the teachings and life of Jesus of Nazareth, Francis of Assisi, Bonaventure of Bagnoregio (1217-1274) John Duns Scotus (1266-1308), as well as more recent spirituality seekers such as Thomas Merton and Henri Nouwen.
The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) guide us to find a special space to pray and some good advises abou how to meditate during these stressful times.
“When you are meditating you don’t to apologize for yourself and you don’t need to justify yourself. All you need to do is to be yourself, to accept from the hands of God the gift of your own being, and in that acceptance of yourself and your creation you come into harmony with the Creator, with the Spirit.” (John Main OSB)
- Sit down. Sit still with your back straight. Close your eyes lightly. Then interiorly, silently begin to recite a single word – a prayer word or mantra. We recommend the ancient Christian prayer-word “Maranatha”. Say it as four equal syllables. Breathe normally and give your full attention to the word as you say it, silently, gently, faithfully and – above all – simply.
- The essence of meditation is simplicity. Stay with the same word during the whole meditation and in each meditation day to day. Don’t visualise but listen to the word, as you say it. Let go of all thoughts (even good thoughts), images and other words. Don’t fight your distractions: let them go by saying your word faithfully, gently and attentively and returning to it as soon as you realise you have stopped saying or it or when your attention wanders.
- Meditate twice a day, morning and evening, for between 20 and 30 minutes. It may take a time to develop this discipline and the support of a tradition and community is always helpful.
To learn more about meditation please get in touch with Argel Tuason via his FB messenger Grael Garcia Bernal or his WhatsApp +639235093463 or his email address email@example.com or go to the WCCM website.
Jorg Richard Schonffeldt shares with us that the main effect of Centering Prayer and every “silent prayer” is to live from the centre of our being which is the Sanctuary of the living God. It is a full receptive non reflective prayer practice, which is bare of thinking, only attending at the presence of God in our centre. At the beginning is the personal and exclusive encounter with God, its consequence, the promotion of human dignity and life: through my presence, I enable God to break into my time and surroundings.
The foundation of the Centered Prayer rests in the conviction that the Spirit of God dwells in me with its infallible and endless inspiration and influence and works directly in my spirit, without cognitive transmission. Today everybody wants to be transformed but nobody really wants to change his way of life, customs and all the egoistical chains of the exaggerations of his ego system.
This form of prayer is one of few ones that renews our deepest subconscious, eliminating what limits us since childhood, preserving the remnants of our original being, if we consent and during it remain silent.
The living place where this Prayer happens is secondary compared to the existential experience that I only have to open a process that has already taken place to find the dynamic presence of God in any circumstances or places. This Prayer is a contemplative prayer and knows no borders.
Find some introductory videos to this call on Youtube in How Centering Prayer Helps Us – Thomas Keating at Folsom Prison and Father Thomas Keating — Hope for the Christian Contemplative Movement.
Fr James Alison launched by the mid of March 2020 a new site called Praying Eucharistically where he wants to teach us how to reach a new level on our Prayer. Specially due to the absence of physicall liturgues or other Church meeting. This site is an invitation to an experiment which began on Palm Sunday 2020, and which I propose to continue for as long as is necessary, but at least until the end of the Easter Season. Fr James weekly launches new videos that could be found on his new site as well as on his YouTube Channel with the same name.