Word into Silence

A manual for Christian meditation

JOHN MAIN OSB


’’The simplest way to answer the question ‘How do we pray?’ can be found in St Paul’s statement: ‘We do not even know how we ought to pray, but the Spirit prays within us.’ The Christian has been given freedom from all problematical questions about prayer by the revelation that what he calls ‘his prayer’ is nothing less than an entry into the prayer-experience of Jesus himself, the Spirit, the bond of union with the Father. All our seeking for secret knowledge, hidden ways or teaching has been rendered unnecessary because the ultimate secret has been revealed: ‘the secret is this – Christ in you’. When we understand that the centre of prayer is in Christ not ourselves, then we can ask ‘How?’ and receive a useful answer…. The tradition of Christian meditation is a simple and, above all, practical response to this question.” (pg x-xi)