Every Monday, 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
|Location:||Woodhaven Retreat Center, 1420 Newport Ave., San Jose, CA US 95125|
The basic theology of meditation is the basic theology of the Gospel. Jesus, by his life, death and resurrection, has opened up for us a way to God, and by sending the Holy Spirit to us he has become our way and our guide.
It is our faith that makes our meditation Christian. It is also Christian because it is centered in the human consciousness of Jesus in our inmost being. We naturally meditate with other Christians, and our lives are guided and enriched in community by Scripture, sacrament and all the different ways of ministering to others in the love and compassion of the Spirit.
Jesus did not teach any particular method of prayer, but we can see by what he says of prayer in the Sermon on the Mount, that meditation is a way to find him and to follow him. Meditation is wholly consistent with his teaching about prayer.
The contemplative experience is simply being fully conscious in the present moment. We do not have to master any difficult techniques or theories in order to meditate. We have only to be at home and to wake up. This is what the mantra helps us to do.
From Christian Meditation: Your Daily Practice
by Laurence Freeman, OSB
Director, World Community for Christian Meditation