Many of us have a desire to pray more deeply, but feel that the profound prayer of contemplation is beyond our possibilities and capabilities. Sister Kathryn Hermes wants you to believe your heart when it asks for this deeper, more profound experience of prayer.
In this practical guide, bestselling author Kathryn J. Hermes, FSP, demonstrates how to begin a life of contemplative prayer. You don’t have to be a mystic to learn this type of prayer, just a person who is seeking a deeper communion with God. Sister Kathryn has helped thousands of people through difficult times. Now let her guide you in this timeless form of meditative prayer.
Beginning Contemplative Prayer is a practical guide to contemplation. It invites the reader to “try on” various prayer practices, exploring the methods of Brother Lawrence, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, Ignatius of Loyola, Julian of Norwich, and others.
Prayer exercises are offered throughout, and individual and group prayer guides are also included.
[Beginning Contemplative Prayer] offers suggestions about how to deal with distractions, confusion, fear, and other emotions that may surface. She also encourages the reader to learn from the experiences of the mystics how to live fully and consciously the present moment, for it is in the NOW that God is found. To all who are perhaps intimidated by this venture, she offers the reassurance that God is a gentle and loving God who desires only our good, and who calls us into deeper and deeper intimacy.
—Helene Cote, spiritual and retreat director, Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, Biddeford, Maine
[Hermes’] tone throughout is warm and encouraging; her content is solidly rooted in the Catholic spiritual tradition. Readers will discover that beginning contemplative prayer is indeed possible. I warmly recommend this book.
—Timothy Gallagher, author, Meditation and Contemplation: An Ignatian Guide to Prayer with Scripture
Kathryn J. Hermes is a member of the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Paul. She works in the acquisitions office for Pauline Books & Media Centers, and is the author of numerous bestselling Pauline Books & Media titles. She has an MTS from Weston Jesuit School of Theology.