Esther de Waal
There are so many different ways and so many different techniques about the teaching of prayer. In the end however, I turn back to that familiar saying that prayer is “caught not taught.”
I recall also one of the great examples of holiness in contemporary society, Fr. Basil Hume O.S.B., formerly Abbot of Ampleforth and Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster. On his death, much was written about the depth of his spirituality and the range of his influence on society. But it was the abbot of his old monastery, delivering the homily at his Requiem in June 1999, who commented upon the years of persevering in prayer each morning and said: “He was determined to give time to God every morning, every day. Those moments, silent, alone, before God, gave him the strength to be loving and understanding of others. The evidence of his success was in the way he lived and spoke about God, in ways that all of us could relate.”
Esther de Waal is a foremost scholar in the Benedictine and Celtic traditions and has published extensively in both fields, most notably Seeking God, The Way of St. Benedict.