"Prayer is the center-point of life with God. It should be woven into the fabric of our mourning routine, our weekly schedule. “To pray is to change. Prayer is the central avenue God uses to transform us.”
“If we hope to move beyond the superficiality of our culture—including our religious culture—we must be willing to go down into the recreating silences, into the inner world of contemplation…Christian writers throughout the centuries have spoken of a way of listening to God, of communing with the Creator of heaven and earth, of experiencing the Eternal Lover of the world…It boldly calls us to enter into the living presence of God for ourselves. It tells us that God is speaking in the continuous present and wants to address us.”
"Fasting is a willing abstinence from food and is one of the most abused and least used of all the practices of Jesus. Fasting is an ancient discipline to break the power of the flesh–our desires, sins, and cravings–and to feed on the Holy Spirit."
"A specific kind of experience in which through careful observation of objective structures we cause thought processes to move in a certain way. To direct the mind repeatedly and regularly in certain modes of thought about God and human relations."