Prayer of Quiet: Part 6

The Prayer of Quiet is “accompanied by the greatest peace and quietness” and “heavenly water begins to flow from this source of which I am speaking—that is, from our very depths—it proceeds to spread within us and cause an interior dilation and produce ineffable blessings”. (Teresa of Avila: Fourth Mansions: Chapter Two)

Even though the Prayer of Quiet can be a life-changing experience, it is not something we should strive after. Teresa gives five reasons we should not pursue the Prayer of Quiet:
  1. We should love God without any motive of self-interest.
  2. We lack humility when we think we should receive the Prayer of Quiet in return for our service.
  3. True preparation to receive the Prayer of Quiet is a desire to suffer and imitate the Lord (not to obtain the benefits).
  4. God may obligate Himself to reward us for obedience, but the Prayer of Quiet cannot be earned.
  5. We exhaust ourselves trying to produce experiences like the Prayer of Quiet. They are never produced by our effort.

If we receive the Prayer of the Quiet or some other mystical experience we should be grateful. Our life will never be the same. And our life will never be the same. The Prayer of Quiet may come with suffering and tremendous responsibility to respond to the God’s voice.

If God does not bless us with the Prayer of Quiet, he will bless us in other ways. Instead of focusing on mystical prayer experiences we should center ourselves in humility, love, and virtue.

For the Prayer of Quiet – Part 1: click here
For the Prayer of Quiet – Part 2: click here
For the Prayer of Quiet – Part 3: click here
For the Prayer of Quiet – Part 4: click here
For the Prayer of Quiet – Part 5: click here

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