Our prayer life as Christians contains many kinds of prayer: praise, thanksgiving, contrition, petition, contemplation, etc. Let's focus on contemplation today. What is it? Contemplation is being alone with God and being aware of God's presence. God is always with us but there is no way that we can always be aware of God's presence. We need to spend some time each day just relaxing in the awareness that God is close to us and loving us unconditionally. Contemplation is a function of the heart and not a function of the mind.
That leads to a second question: "Where can we go to be alone with God?" Jesus went to the garden, to the mountaintop, and to the desert. His intimate conversations with God in those places gave him the strength he needed for his mission. Are there places in your home and in your community where you can go to be alone with God? After you name them, please use them as Jesus would: for heart to heart conversations with God. Fr. Jerry Schik, o.s.c.