Centering Prayer

 "Be still and know that I am God"

Interested in joining a prayer and mediation group? We're exploring "Centering Prayer" introduced by

Father Thomas Keating's "Contemplative Outreach", weekly on Tuesdays at 10 am.  For a brief explanation of the process view this 3 minute video: https://vimeo.com/129686185 

"Centering Prayer is drawn from ancient prayer practices of the Christian contemplative heritage, notably the Fathers and Mothers of the Desert, Lectio Divina, (praying the scriptures), The Cloud of Unknowing, St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila. Distilled into a simple method of prayer by three Trappist monks, Fr. William Meninger, Fr. Basil Pennington and Abbot Thomas Keating."

On-going series includes “The Spiritual Journey”

 

 

 

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.

The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.

To visit the main site www.contemplativeoutreach.org

Fr. Thomas Keating offers, "the Daily Reader for Contemplative Living", which is a wonderful guide to home practice.  View this site to get acquainted with the book and identify a source to purchase.  http://www.amazon.com/The-Daily-Reader-Contemplative-Living/dp/0826433545 


Fr. Thomas Keating
Fr. Thomas Keating is a founding member and the spiritual guide of Contemplative Outreach, LTD.

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