13. Terminology

1. In the Classical Spanish School of St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa the term "Meditation" is used for a stage of intellectual reflection which may (and if persevered with, in due course, normally would) lead to contemplation of a kind.

2. Our use of the term "Contemplative Meditation" prayer is not intended to invert any sequential order in the stages of prayer experience of prayer. There is so little knowledge in our society today of the Christian heritage of spirituality that we find people more accustomed to these terms in relation to non-Christian traditions. We have chosen the term "Contemplative Meditation Prayer" as a starting point for people interested pursuing a genuine focus of prayer in their life no matter their background. The specific approach to meditation we recommend is "Affirmation Prayer" but this is merely an aid, a way of following our model in prayer who is no less than the Lord Jesus himself.

3. For some, the absence in this web site of stages in meditation or contemplation and other traditional terms associated with progress in prayer may be an issue. If this is the case we recommend you discuss your needs with an experienced spiritual director.

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