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Meditators in Singapore have written articles on their experiences on the journey of meditation.  Fr Laurence also has a regular column in The Tablet a leading Catholic weekly newspaper. Here is a selection of their articles.


Price of Making Money

Peter Ng

Published in the The Tablet (UK) - 11 Oct 2008

In the face of the current global economic crisis, many people are questioning the way business is conducted and its pressures. A leading global financier has found meditative prayer offers a practical way through the stresses and strains of modern corporate capitalism

Today we face more obstacles than ever before in our quest to live our lives with meaning, depth, significance and purpose. The distractions and demands that characterise much of modern living are particularly evident in the life of the business executive.

The unrelenting globalisation of business requires more business travel, which strains family life. Managing an international business across multiple time zones is taxing on both the physical and mental capacities of more and more executives. And of course, the advances of telecommunication and technology, which have produced electronic mail over the internet, keep many constantly on their toes.

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The Art of Happiness - a silent retreat

Christine Khor

Published in the Catholic News - Feb 2007

A Silent Retreat led by Fr Laurence Freeman OSB

Benedictine monk Laurence Freeman on Jan 26-28 conducted a silent retreat on The Art of Happiness, an introduction to, as well as deepening of, the practice of contemplative prayer or meditation. For many of the 185 participants, who included Catholics and non-Catholics, this was their first experience of a silent retreat. During the free periods for reflection they wandered or sat quietly in the pleasant courtyards, green nooks, and shady corners of the Trinity Theological College in Upper Bukit Timah Road.

"Fr Laurence's talks showed me the spiritual reality of the Beatitudes," one participant said. "If you faithfully meditate each day, humbly persevering without judging or looking for success, you become more accepting and loving of yourself and others -- and this is really the way to happiness. I realise that when I am contented with the little things I have, I'll be happy... joy is always there, even when the teardrops fall."

Fr Laurence, who is based in London and Director of the WCCM (World Community for Christian Meditation), made succinct, memorable points – with his trademark clarity and simplicity. Happiness does not come from the satisfaction of desires, he said, which only make us long for what will not satisfy.

Self-knowledge – including the oft-neglected practice of contemplative wisdom - is crucial to happiness. To develop our spirituality, the way to happiness, we should go beyond words and meditate, a time when we are embraced by the mystery of God. Other religions eg Hinduism also discovered this humble worship of God in contemplative prayer. Indeed, self-knowledge & knowledge of God have common ground – a human being fully alive displays the glory of God. True happiness is inherent in our nature and already resides in each of us. It is not satisfied by materialistic desire but springs from the knowledge of God within us. This knowledge, found through meditation, enables us to become happier day by day.

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Christian Meditation - Prayer of the Heart

Isabel MH Chua

Published in Catholic News - 22 July 2007
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ALL over Singapore, small groups of Christians come together once a week for an unusual communion. For 20 minutes, they sit in silence, in darkness, in stillness. Anyone who stumbles on one of these groups may be forgiven for thinking this is a weird bunch of people – to sit doing nothing in the dark.

Yet this doing nothing is the most important task of all. For they are actually praying. Not praying with words, or with mental images, but praying with the heart.

The gatherings are groups engaged in “Christian meditation”, which just means a form of silent prayer of the heart.

Can prayer really be silent, devoid of words? It is true that there are many forms of prayer. There is praise and worship of God; prayers of requests or intercessions; penitent prayers; intellectual prayer where one grapples with God as Job did. But there are forms of prayer that go beyond words.

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