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

Forms of Prayer by Abhishiktananda (Henri Le Saux)

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

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)

Silence in Contemplative Prayer

Why Silent Prayer by Henri Nouwen

Silence as Revelation by Anthony de Mello

Contemplation in Action

Practical Fruits of Contemplative Work by Wayne Teasdale

Transformation as the Reality of Inner Change by Wayne Teasdale

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 Theology of Contemplative Prayer

God and Self in Contemplative Prayer