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Catechism – Meditation – 2707

March 22, 2012 by  
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Meditation: Catechism Paragraph 2707

John of the Cross 4There are as many and varied methods of meditation as there are spiritual masters. Christians owe it to themselves to develop the desire to meditate regularly, lest they come to resemble the three first kinds of soil in the parable of the sower. But a method is only a guide; the important thing is to advance, with the Holy Spirit, along the one way of prayer: Christ Jesus.


“A catechism should faithfully and systematically present the teaching of Sacred Scripture, the living Tradition of the Church and the authentic Magisterium, as well as the spiritual heritage of the Fathers and the Church's saints, to allow for a better knowledge of the Christian mystery and for enlivening the faith of the People of God. It should take into account the doctrinal statements which down the centuries the Holy Spirit has intimated to his Church. It should also help illumine with the light of faith the new situations and problems which had not yet emerged in the past…the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the one hand repeats the old, traditional order already followed by the Catechism of St Pius V, arranging the material in four parts: the Creed, the Sacred Liturgy, with pride of place given to the sacraments, the Christian way of life, explained beginning with the Ten Commandments, and finally, Christian prayer. At the same time, however, the contents are often expressed in a new way in order to respond to the questions of our age. ”  (Apostolic Constitution Fidei Depositum on the Publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church Prepared following the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, 11 October 1992)

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Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • Mizue Inokuchui

    Jesus Christ, Please love me.

    • Jeanette

      Jesus LOVES YOU so much, He died for you and for all of us! There can be no greater love than His.

    • Gordon

      He is ready to embrace you. D’ont resist .

    • patior

      Mizue, I can tell you He does Love YOU , a million times and it won’t make a difference. You need to hear HIM say it to you and He will!  Watch the movie The Passion of the Christ – He died to prove His love for you. Let Him tell you  Himself – listen with your heart. Praying for you.

  • Dorothy

    Mizue, Jesus Christ loves you!

  • ThirstforTruth

    Dear Mizue….Look long at the Cross….and see and feel His Love!
    Hide yourself in His Wounds where the healing power resides. Go
    to the Mass where this is all represented for you …and for me! And
    say to yourself several times daily, Jesus loves Me!

  • Ray Towle

    Please; would someone post some Meditation recommendations, e.g., methods that worked well; authors that proved worthy; seminar, workshops, or retreats that really made a positive difference in your (or in someone you know well) Meditation to become closer to our God? Bless you! Ray in Georgia

    • LizEst

       Stations of the Cross are very good for this. You don’t have to follow a script. You can make up your own words as you look at the pictures.

  • fairlady68

    The hardest part is not getting Jesus to love us, but getting ourselves to see and understand that He really does love us. So many of us are scarred and think we are worthless. Check out these verses:

    Book of Wisdom




    Indeed, before you the whole universe is as a grain
    from a balance, or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.


    But you have mercy on all, because you can do all
    things; and you overlook the sins of men that they may repent.


    For you love all things that are and loathe nothing
    that you have made; for what you hated, you would not have fashioned.


    And how could a thing remain, unless you willed it;
    or be preserved, had it not been called forth by you?


    But you spare all things, because they are yours, O
    LORD and lover of souls,


    for your imperishable spirit is in all things!


    Therefore you rebuke offenders little by little,
    warn them, and remind them of the sins they are committing, that they may
    abandon their wickedness and believe in you, O LORD!


    [22] Grain from a balance: a tiny
    particle used for weighing on sensitive scales

  • martha

    What did Adam saw and felt when he came to life as God blew the breath of life (his very being)
    into his nostrils, and he became a living being. Then I thought I should be receiving Holy Communion with the same awe!

  • Deaconsteveg

    Check out your local Secular Discalced Carmelite organizations as a possible source. Their primary purpose is teaching contemplative prayer and the study of Carmelite Spirituality. Great organization that provides spiritual direction, fellowship and growth with like minded souls plus your spiritual journey is with a well established community that is centuries old. Personal experience— you bet !!

  • Sojrnr

    I am speaking today at a Support Religious Freedom rally. I ask for your prayers.

    Thank you.

    • Becky Ward

      God Bless You!! Prayers guaranteed!

  • C J

    God meets you where you are, have no fear, find a quiet place.

  • Penguintrble

    Adoration chapel even once a week gives time for meditation and reflection, if one is not available a quiet walk, a secluded space, the point seems to me to be, God with no distraction

  • Dorothy

    To Ray Towle,

    A good book is “Lectio Divina and the Practice of Teresian Prayer”

    Here is the ICS site, just scroll to the right:

  • Dorothy

    Ray, Another good book on prayer is:

    Opening to God; A guide to Prayer by Thomas H. Green.
    There are other books on prayer by him also.

  • Laurelpod

    Sometimes, when I go to meditate, I find myself feeling the pressures of the day and various issues flood my mind making it hard at first to settle down. What I have learned to do to stop the “noise in my mind,” is to begin by praying to Jesus. I tell Him how much I love Him. I ask Him always to make me His. I ask Him to let me dwell in His most Sacred Heart, and I pray that He will dwell in my heart too that I may always be His. When I say this, I begin to feel calmer. I let go of the day and my anxiousness and settle in. Then I begin to hear and feel and know His presence with me. I listen, and I usually cry. I don’t know why I cry; but thinking about it now, it is because what He is usually saying to me is really how much He loves me. His love pours into my soul so intensely that I begin to cry, because I love Him too so much.

    Frankly, I could never manage my life in this world apart from God in all His three persons. My would never rest apart from Him. For some time, I was having some serious issues with someone I dearly loved. I really couldn’t help them much, but I did what I could. It cost me a lot of money, and I pretty much went broke more than once.  One day, I just said to God, please just take care of us. I give her back to you. You are her Father first and foremost, so I give her back to you. I did what I could, but I let go then. You know what? There is not a day that goes by that I know in my heart that God is taking care of us. There have been many, many blessings and all has been well now for many, many years.

    I would like to give a little plug for my Passionist friends. I am a Passionist Associate at Our Lady of Florida in North Palm Beach. I work with them on fundraisers, and also sometimes offer a workshop for retreatants there. What a pleasure it is to be part of their community! I would like to recommend Our Lady of Florida the next time you feel you need to get away to pray and be refreshed. It is beautiful inside, and out. The property is large and beautiful, on a waterway. When the sun comes up in the morning there, it is so beautiful. It is breathtaking.

    Much love and many blessings to you for this beautiful site!


  • judeen

        everything is done for God .in love of God , to honor God…. not a breath goes by with out God… how can one not meditate on God.. always… being kind , say hello to another.. all goes to God because God made each of us… each feeling we have we seek God to make it the best and bear great fruit… , if one forgets God God has not forgot them..  meditation .. has become stillness. quiet.. stillness.. letting the soul and God talk. with out knowing what they are saying.. letting go… knowing God will take me to where i need to go when I am pacient enough to not ask… hahaha…

  • Thank you, Dan.  I have been off my Laptop for a few days….again!!!…..hmmmm…Meditation….how do I do it? Just sit before the Blessed Sacrament at 3.00 O’Clock, the Hour of Great Mercy, pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet for various Intentions given to Eucharistic Apostles of the Divine Mercy, and for those who have asked me for prayers….and then…..I just sit before Him quietly for another Hour and half….difficult to control racing thoughts….so, I just give them to Him and let the Holy Spirit deal with that….after those 2 and a half Hours, I am off for Holy Mass and another quiet moment with Him after Holy Communion listening to Him, even if most times I am stone deaf to His Voice…..but I know He is talking to my Soul…..but during the day in my little Office at home and going through my subscribed Catholic Websites on my Laptop?? Well, I just talk to him through the Divine Mercy Image on my Desk about anything and everything…..I told you, Dan, old people talk to themselves…, I talk to Him fully trusting He is listening to my rumblings

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