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. ^ of Ávila, St Teresa; tr. by Benedictines of Stanbrook (2007). "31. Prayer of Quiet". The Way of Perfection. Cosimo, Inc. p. 177. ISBN 1-60206-261-7.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)
  2. ^ of Ávila, St Teresa; The Benedictines of Stanbrook; Ed Fr. Benedict Zimmerman (1921). "The Fourth Mansions: Chapter III. Prayer of Quiet". The Interior Castle. Thomas Baker, London. 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. 
  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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