At its most basic and fun­da­men­tal lev­el, Chris­t­ian med­i­ta­tion is sim­ply a lov­ing atten­tive­ness to God. – Richard Foster

The purpose of meditation is to enable us to hear God more clearly. Meditation is listening, sensing, heeding the life and light of Christ. This comes right to the heart of our faith. The life that pleases God is not a set of religious duties; it is to hear His voice and obey His word. Meditation opens the door to this way of living. – Richard Foster

In a world of constant noise and endless discussion, it is helpful to pause, to quiet ourselves, to listen, to pay attention. May these short reflections on prayers, Scriptures, saints, and more encourage your own meditation and prayer.

St. Patrick’s Breastplate

St Patrick’s Breastplate – Faeth Fiada (The Deer’s Cry)Translation by John Carey Today I gird myself with a mighty power,Invocation of the Trinity.Belief in the threeness, affirmation of the oneness.In the Creator’s presence. Today I gird myselfWith the power of Christ’s birth together with his baptism,With the power of his crucifixion together with his burial,With the power of his resurrection together with…

St. Patrick’s Breastplate – Invocation

Today I gird myself with a mighty power,Invocation of the Trinity.Belief in the threeness, affirmation of the oneness.In the Creator’s presence. As the Celt prays this caim, she physically turns in a circle, so that her body joins her voice and mind in prayer. A Caim is a way of centering our whole person in prayer. Sometimes it is easy to forget…

St. Patrick’s Breastplate – Gird with Christ

Today I gird myselfWith the power of Christ’s birth together with his baptism,With the power of his crucifixion together with his burial,With the power of his resurrection together with his ascension,With the power of his descent to pronounce judgment of Doomsday. These four lines of prayer, acknowledge that the call of Jesus is intertwined with the call on His people. He is…