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Pope Benedict on Mystical Experiences

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by Jimmy Akin Thursday, December 02, 2010 Right now in his weekly catecheses, Pope Benedict is giving a series of meditations on female saints from the Middle Ages. Many of them are mystics, and in the first meditation–on St. Hildegard of Bingen–he offers his thoughts on some of the marks of a genuine mystic. He states: During the years when she was superior of the Monastery of St Disibodenberg,... Read More

The Vatican on Christian Meditation and Centering Prayer

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Though a complete understanding of this document requires education in Church history and mystical and ascetic theology – on its face it clearly addresses many current popular teachings on prayer that should be of concern to every Catholic who seriously desires to deepen their understanding of what it means to truly engage with God. This document is a profound summary of true Christ-centered... Read More

What does the Vatican say about Centering Prayer?

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Centering Prayer: What the Vatican has to say about it Has the Vatican ever addressed the topic of Centering Prayer or the teachings commonly held by those who advocate or practice Centering Prayer? Yes, the approach to prayer commonly referred to “Centering Prayer” has been formally and specifically addressed by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (we provide the text of this... Read More

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