Prayer as a Foundation for Mercy
Father Peter began by referencing the beatitude, "Blessed are the pure of heart." We had a hard time pinning down exactly who would qualify as "pure of heart." The best definition boiled down to "deep humility."
The questions were mostly about distractions during prayer. And I learned something new in this particular discussion. I knew that when distractions came, you ignore them. I also knew that sometimes you can use the distractions in your prayer. But I never thought that maybe God was trying to tell me something in the distraction. I will have to discern my distractions. They just may be important and not just nonsense.
We discussed centering prayer, the difference between meditation and contemplation. We did a Lectio Divina on Mark 10: 46-52 and we surprised Father Peter with our choices of Meditatio. We learned that prayer leads to compassionate mercy. Prayer is the foundation for mercy.