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John wrote:

Hi, guys —

  • Can a Catholic practice darkness meditation?


  { Can a Catholic practice darkness meditation? }

Bob replied:

Dear John,

I have no idea what darkness meditation is; I have never heard of it.

Meditation is generally a good thing when the focus is Christ-centered. Other forms of meditation may seek to empty one's mind, relieve stress and so on. Buddhists have another form of emptying oneself.

There is a Christian mystical tradition wherein certain saints (like St. John of the Cross) contemplated the apophatic quality of God:

  • the unsoundable depth
  • utter darkness, or
  • infinite mystery which cannot be grasped by the human mind or soul.

Perhaps that's it. I'm just guessing.


Bob Kirby

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