It was a classic wake, with relatives speaking fondly and openly about a friar prized for his gifts, his quirks and his faithfulness. Asked to share memories of Br. Steve Richter at his March 27 funeral, many family members weighed in, eager to talk about a man they agreed was “a character”.
“We often just miss the present moment. Contemplative prayer is opening us up to the grace and good and love that’s happening in the present moment. The past is gone and the future isn’t here yet. All we have is this present moment and we often miss it,” says Br. Mark Ligett.
When I was in elementary school, I recall Sister Mary Dorothy explaining to us three “types” of prayer. She described discursive prayer as a prayer using words where we talk to God, meditation as a type of prayer where we think about God, and finally contemplation, a type of prayer that does not use words or thoughts but a prayer where we are simply with God.