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Excerpt from Phileena Heuertz Foreword of my new book, Be Still and Listen 10-19-2018

When a client meets with me for spiritual direction, we usually begin with a prayer I learned from a beloved teacher who Amos and I share, Richard Rohr. The prayer is based on Psalm 46:10. By repeating the following five consecutively diminishing sentences, the client and I are assisted in coming into Presence of Being.

Be still and know that I am God

Be still and know that I am

Be still and know

Be still


Presence of mind, heart, and body is not so easy for us to experience. We live most of life ruminating or reminiscing over past events, and dreading or planning future ones. And yet, God cannot be experienced in the past or in the future, only in the present moment.

Sure, we can remember past experiences of God or anticipate future ones, but we can only be in God, right here, right now. This is what the mystics have proclaimed for centuries; that Christian faith is about living in and with our Creator. The more we can live in the present moment, the more we can encounter God and the transformation that such an encounter catalyzes.



Amazon is offering the kindle version of Be Still and Listen for $6.99.

Also by Amos Smith, Healing the Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots

Books by Phileena Heuertz:

Mindful Silence: The Heart of Christian Contemplation

Pilgrimage of a Soul: Contemplative Spirituality for the Active Life

Centering Prayer Course:  A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God – Centering Prayer is a silent prayer practice that can move you toward a profound relationship with the Spirit of God within. It is a way of praying that opens the door to the Divine Indwelling—the ground of our being. With Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating and his colleagues Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Father Carl Arico present the first online course in this method for deepening your intimacy with God and ultimately consenting to the presence and action of the Divine in all aspects of your life.

David Frenette’s book The Path of Centering Prayer re-energized the Centering Prayer tradition with its fresh insights and teachings. This companion audio program—created to be equally rewarding as a stand-alone guide—gives listeners an immersive resource to learn contemplative prayer, step by step and in the moment. With clarity and compassionate presence, Frenette explains the essential principles of this contemplative practice for both new and seasoned practitioners, and then guides us experientially through core prayers and meditations.

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BE STILL AND LISTEN: Experience the Presence of God in Your Life

ISBN: 978-1612618654
Dimensions: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Number of pages: 160
Publication Date: June 12th, 2018

Where to Buy

BE STILL AND LISTEN books are available at
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Audio Book:


Healing The Divide: Recovering Christianity’s Mystic Roots

ISBN: 978-1-62032-365-6
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Number of pages: 316
Publication Date: March 29, 2013

Where to Buy

Healing The Divide books are available at
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