EHoP Prayer Teachings Library

This year, we began to offer “short teachings” on prayer after the weekly contemplative sit in Collegeville.

These short-teachings intend to engage everyone, whether they are new to, or seasoned in, contemplative prayer.

The teaching lasts fifteen minutes and includes three parts:

1) a short selection of text on prayer from the tradition (well-known teachers, authors)

2) short teaching on the text (prepared by Christine)

3) questions and opportunity for reflection (intended for everyone)

As the body of these short-teachings grow, they will be shared in this section of the EHoP Library pages. They will be arranged by topic and each link consists of two pages or less of text.


Forms of Prayer

Forms of Contemplative Prayer by Evelyn Underhill

Walking Meditation as Walking with the Holy by Thich Nhat Hahn

Mindfulness by Chwen Jiuan Lee and Thomas Hand

Mindfulness by Beverly Lanzetta

Forms of Prayer by Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux)

Recollection by Teresa of Avila

The Desire for Unceasing Prayer by the anonymous author of The Way of the Pilgrim

Techniques or Methods of Prayer

Attention in Contemplative Prayer by Evelyn Underhill

Awareness as Waking Up to Wisdom by Anthony de Mello

The Sacred Word in Centering Prayer by Thomas Keating

The Sacred Word in Centering Prayer by Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O

Chant by Cynthia Bourgeault

The Body in Centering Prayer by Cynthia Bourgeault

Centering and Surrender by Howard Thurman 

Spiritual Disciplines and Prayer by Howard Thurman

The Prayer of the Name Lands in the Heart by Abhiskiktananda (Henri Le Saux)

Effort in Prayer Like Water by Teresa of Avila

Awakening Latent Faculties by Polishing the Mirror of Awareness by Kabir Helminski

Attention and Presence by Kabir Helminski

Sabbath in Time not Space by Abraham Joshua Heschel

The Sabbath and Presence by Abraham Joshua Heschel

Obstacles in Spiritual Practice by Beverly Lanzetta

Silence in Contemplative Prayer

Why Silent Prayer by Henri Nouwen

Silence as Revelation by Anthony de Mello

Emptines and Silence in Contemplation by Thomas Moore

Silence by Gerald May

Contemplation in Action

Practical Fruits of Contemplative Work by Wayne Teasdale

Transformation as the Reality of Inner Change by Wayne Teasdale

The Light Within-Alternation by Thomas Kelly

The Light Within-Simultaneity by Thomas Kelly

Awakening in Life to Awaken Beyond Life by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

Meditation, Consciousness, Daily LIfe by Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan

Life and Prayer by Beverly Lanzetta

The Role of the Heart in Prayer

The Role of the Heart by Henri Nouwen

From Breath to Stirring of the Heart by Chwen Jiuan Lee and Thomas Hand

The Faculties and the Heart by Brother David Steindl-Rast

The Theology of Contemplative Prayer

God and Self in Contemplative Prayer by Thomas Keating

Meditation and Presence by Kabir Helminski

The Soul by Thomas Moore

Contemplation and Order by Brother David Steindl-Rast