The Basics Of Deep Prayer


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active ministry:
A ministry that has many secular distractions.

bottom-up system:
A system where decisions are allowed through the ranks. For example either a general or private could elect to do some task. For example, a private might elect to modify his gun, and show the corporal who would tell the sargent. The information percolates up through the ranks.

A location in the body which is center or confluence of things (e.g., nerves, arteries). By evangelizing a chackra, the evangelization would naturally carry to other areas.

One of the four basics of deep prayer. It requires us to strive to enter into deep prayer each day.

One of the four basics of deep prayer. It requires us to keep close to our prayer experience as we move through the day.

contemplative prayer:
A state of prayer where the body is in quiet communion with God. As a reference, the mind is active in meditative prayer. When we meditate, we quietly think about something. When we contemplate in prayer, we experience God.

One of the four basics of deep prayer. It deals with concentration during the prayer time.

Greatest Commandment:
A commandment given in both the Old and New Testaments. "Thou shalt love the Lord the God with thy whole heart, soul, mind, and with all your strength."

intelligent recursion:
The concept that we are made up of parts that are as intelligent as we are. The concept that everything is made up of parts came from the ancient Greeks. Then Aquinas showed that we could not be that much smarter than the each individual part. (Note - See recursion )

In deep prayer, the personality is the presence of the person that we are focusing on. Either we can feel the presence, or, at least, we can hope to feel the presence. For example, during the first joyful mystery, we would feel the presence of Mary, or during the first sorrowful mystery, we would feel the presence of Jesus. The focus is usually on Jesus or Mary because they are without sin, and as such, they are a true and unlimited channel of the divine. In the third glorious mystery, we might try to feel the presence of the Holy Spirit. If that isn't working, we could simply feel the Spirit of Jesus.

The word, "recursion" is used to describe a class of parts that create the identity of a larger thing. For example, an arm or leg are not the recursion of a human being because they do not identify the human being. On the other hand, a cell from an arm or leg is recursive to the human being because the DNA of the cell identifies the person. A steel molecule is recursive to a piece of steel because it identifies the larger piece. On the other hand, a head of a bolt is not recursive to the whole bolt because it does not identify the bolt.

Recursion works from the smaller pieces that comprise larger pieces, and the process works vice versa as well. A cell can be identified by the characteristics of the human it came from.

spiritual journey:
A phrase that refers to our journey towards God over the course of our life.

spiritual poverty:
A state of being where nothing matters except God. In other words, we want only God, and the singular purpose extends to all parts of the body. The phrase was made popular by Sts. John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila.

systematic philosophy:
A philosophy that completes a system. In this book, systematic philosophy is another phrase for the systematic philosophy of Saint Thomas of Aquinas.

top-down system:
A system where orders start at the top and work is delegated to subordinates. For example, a general orders the colonels to attack. Then the colonels order the majors to attack. The majors order the captains to attack. The proceeds until the attack order disseminates through the ranks.

vegetative appetites:
In systematic philosophy the souls of plants are known as vegetative souls. Vegetative souls have vegetative appetites which relate to the needs of the plants (e.g., reproduction, nutrition).

One of the four basics of deep prayer. It deals with the cycling and practicing of Faith, Hope, and Love.

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