Mystical Prayer for Beginners

One of the most important things we can learn is how to start praying. A budding prayer life is a beautiful thing. But if we’re looking to go deeper—or if we’re just curious about the fruits of the journey ahead of us—where do we learn “advanced prayer”?

St. Teresa of Ávila had a deeper prayer life than many have experiences, and—incredibly—she wrote down her experiences and her analysis of what that deep journey looks like for all of us to read.

Today, Fr. Mark-Mary uncovers the riches of the interior life that awaits all of us who endure in faithful prayer.

Meet Fr. Mark-Mary

Father Mark-Mary was ordained as a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal (CFR) in 2018 and lives at a friary in the Bronx.

The mission of the CFRs is to wholeheartedly embrace Jesus through fidelity to the Church and her Sacraments. Paired with their commitment to prayer, contemplation, and study of Sacred Scripture, the CFRs serve those around them, especially the poor, in the footsteps of Christ.

Discover beautiful music from the CFRs and Fr. Mark-Mary’s book Habits for Holiness: Small Steps for Spiritual Progressboth available from Ascension.