The Teresian Method

(A Summary from Twitter)

#TeresianMethod of #MentalPrayer 1/7: Preparation – Humbly acknowledge the presence of God with a lively faith.

#TeresianMethod of #MentalPrayer 2/7: Reading – Use Scripture or the writings of the Church and Saints to guide topic and conversation with God.

#TeresianMethod of #MentalPrayer 3/7: Meditation – Personally reflect, intellectually and affectively, upon the divine gift or mystery selected for consideration.

#TeresianMethod of #MentalPrayer 4/7: Colloquy – Abandon oneself to God in the exercise of love and its manifestation.

#TeresianMethod of #MentalPrayer 5/7: Thanksgiving –  Give humble gratitude to the Lord for all of the gifts received.

#TeresianMethod of #MentalPrayer 6/7: Offering – Moved by loving gratitude, resolve to give something to His Majesty.

#TeresianMethod of #MentalPrayer 7/7: Petition – Humbly implore God’s assistance for success in all resolutions and in truly loving.

#MentalPrayer consists essentially in a loving conversation with God. The #TeresianMethod, articulated by St. Teresa for the Discalced Carmel, helps cultivate the practice.

Little Catechism of the Life of Prayer by Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, OCD gives an excellent primer on the #TeresianMethod.

[Via @annie3592]