Prayer of Quiet

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The Prayer of Quiet is a term from Christian theology. It is regarded by writers on mystical theology as one of the degrees of contemplation or contemplative prayer, and must be distinguished therefore from meditation and from affective prayer. It holds an intermediary place between affective prayer and the Prayer of Union. As the name implies, the Prayer of Quiet is considered a state in which the soul experiences an extraordinary peace and rest, accompanied by delight or pleasure in contemplating God as present.[1][2][3][4][5]

The Prayer of Quiet is discussed in the writings of Teresa of Ávila, Francis de Sales, Thomas Merton and others.[6][7]

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  1. ^ St Teresa of Ávila (2007). "31. Prayer of Quiet". The Way of Perfection. Translated by Benedictines of Stanbrook Abbey. Cosimo, Inc. p. 177. ISBN 1-60206-261-7.
  2. ^ St Teresa of Ávila (1921). "The Fourth Mansions: Chapter III. Prayer of Quiet". In Benedict Zimmerman (ed.). The Interior Castle. Translated by The Benedictines of Stanbrook. London: Thomas Baker. p. 104.
  3. ^ Grade 6: Prayer of the Quiet
  4. ^ Thouless, Robert Henry (1971). An introduction to the psychology of religion. CUP Archive. p. 125. ISBN 0-521-09665-0.
  5. ^ Maria de' Liguori, Saint Alfonso; ed. Frederick M. Jones (1999). "14 Prayer of Quiet". Selected writings. Paulist Press. p. 176. ISBN 0-8091-3771-2.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Bielecki, Tessa; tr. by Mirabai Starr (2008). "15. Prayer of Quiet". Teresa of Ávila: The Book of My Life. Shambhala Publications. p. 102. ISBN 1-59030-573-6.
  7. ^ Merton, Thomas (1976). "14. Intelligence in the Prayer of Quiet". The ascent to truth. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 161. ISBN 0-86012-024-4.

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