Missal stand holding a lectionary on top of an altar

Christian Meditation

Meditation is a form of prayer and an important part of the Catholic Tradition. It is defined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church as “... a prayerful quest engaging thought, imagination, emotion, and desire. Its goal is to make our own faith in the subject considered, by confronting it with the reality of our own life.” (CCC 2723)

Catholic meditation differs from its eastern counterparts in that its goal is to enter into a deeper relationship with Christ. Instead of emptying the mind of all thoughts completely, individuals seek to become fully aware of God’s presence and love.

Watch as Pope Francis speaks about the power of Christian Meditation. The Institute for Catholic Education has also published a monograph, A Catholic Perspective: Christian Meditation​.

To learn more, read the TCDSB Christian Meditation Resource Guide for Parents.

Watch a 2 minute video highlighting how students can benefit from Christian meditation. Consider supporting this prayer practice at home.


The following are additional resources to learn about and engage in different forms of Christian meditation, including lectio divina, visio divina, and guided meditation. You can also see the Rosary page.

World Community for Christian Meditation Resources



Lectio Divina

Visio Divina