In the ancient Psalm we read the words ‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Psalm 46.10). To be still, and enter into silence, can feel very uncomfortable, especially in our loud world that values busyness and productivity so highly. However, daring to enter into stillness can create the space for both greater authenticity and for healing. If you...

Watch TV or film and you could be given the impression that prayer is about bargaining with some unpredictable God, reciting a ‘shopping list of doom’ that lists all the things wrong in the world, or that prayer is about positive thinking, in which it is only permissible to praise God while denying suffering. Authentic prayer is not about these things....

An Awareness Examen can be used daily. It is a prayer practice, drawn from St Ignatius, that invites us to become aware of what is really going on within. It has three movements. You can engage in this practice for a couple of minutes or 10 minutes each day. Here are the 3 basic steps: Become still and open to God’s presence....