Thomistic (iNtuitive—Thinking) Prayer and Spirituality

The four steps of Lectio Divina will help ensure a real opportunity for prayer for the iNtuitiveThinking personality and not an exclusively intellectual exercise.

Read … Meditate … Pray … Contemplate

The emphasis will naturally fall to the Meditation time in Thomistic Prayer. In books on prayer, this is often referred to as “discursive meditation”.

Unless your discursive reflections during the prayer period result in a change of behaviour, they would not be considered authentic Thomistic Prayer. “Metanoia” or conversion is an essential element of Thomistic Prayer. A logical step from the new insights into truth received during the meditation is to make the necessary changes in one’s life. This would be the practical fruit expected from each exercise of Thomistic Prayer and expressed through one or more resolutions adopted at the conclusion of the discursive meditation.

You consider a virtue, a fault, a theological truth and “walk around it”, studying it from every possible angle. To enable you to get the full grasp on the topic chosen for Thomistic Prayer, it is recommended that you use the seven auxiliary questions: WHAT, WHY, HOW, WHO, WHERE, WHEN, WITH WHAT HELPS and apply each of them to the topic selected.

By way of example, you might take the virtue of faith as the subject of your meditation. You would then ask the following questions:

What do we mean by faith?

What is entailed in the practice of faith?

What are the reasons to justify the pursuit of faith?

Why should I have faith?

What is the value of it?

How might I practice faith?

When and where should it be practiced?

Who are some of the people in the Scriptures and in history who are examples of the practice of faith?

Finally, what aids can I use to help me practice faith?

The whole exercise should conclude with suitable resolutions of how you are going to practice the virtue of faith.

Using this example, apply the pattern to the following prayer suggestions…

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