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The Power of Silent Prayer
Rich Lewis
Voices of Community

"I became aware of how powerful Centering Prayer was because it was a container for my consenting to not only God's presence in my life, but also God's action in my life."
- Carl J. Arico

Silent prayer is a special time. It is our time to sit with God. It is like sitting quietly with a friend. No words need to be said.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Given to Me
Carol Lewis
Voices of Community

In May of 2008, I attended a Centering Prayer Presenter-Formation Retreat at St. Mary’s Retreat Center, Sewanee, Tennessee.    On the night of May 18, we all participated in group lectio divina.   The words from the Gospel of Mark scripture reading that reached out to me were “given to me.”  Ruminating on those words, I asked God over and over, “God what are you saying?”

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Spiritual Journey
Morning Prayer at South Padre Island
Michele Maxwell
Voices of Community

Breathe in --
the tide rolls out 
to the Mother Sea of Source 
in air-sucking return 
to the oceanic womb of life,
pulling consciousness 
like a uterine contraction
at three centimeters dilation

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Contemplative Spirituality
The Lesson of the Leaves
Sandra McKnight
Voices of Community

Are we not like the leaves?

While living, the leaf is part of the tree

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
How to Create a Weekly Intensive Retreat Experience: “The Mini Midweek Retreat”
Becky Weinberg
Voices of Community

During one of the retreats while I was in the silence of my room, I began to think about several individuals in my Centering Prayer Group who, because of medical problems, caregiving responsibilities, or lack of funds, would never be able to attend an eight-day silent retreat.

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When I am Among the Trees
Carolyn Goddard
Voices of Community

When I am among the trees,


especially the willows and the honey locust,


equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,


they give off such hints of gladness. . .

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Centering Prayer, The Practice of Contemplative Living
I Slid Off … and Found God
Jeanne Jemison
Voices of Community

The slippery slope of questioning the fundamentals of belief .... I slid off AND.. found GOD; GOD bigger than our beliefs, than our understanding...

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Life is Liturgy Unceasing
Theresa Clark
Voices of Community

LIFE is Liturgy Unceasing!

LECTIO DIVINA is Life;
Every Word an utterance of the Divine.

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Lectio Divina, Contemplative Spirituality
Conversations with God on My Spiritual Journey
Barbara Sullivan
Voices of Community

God is always speaking, but few times have I documented what He has showed me or told me. 
This was one of the times...

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Centering Prayer, The Practice of Contemplative Living
Que Sera Sera
Ceci LaDuca
Voices of Community

Lyrics from a popular Doris Day song from the 1950’s:

“Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be;
the future’s not ours to see, que sera sera”

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
My Heart Has Unfit Edges
Bridget Robinson
Voices of Community

This is dedicated to a very holy ( though she was unaware) seamstress, Ginny, who was one of the most unconditional lovers I know as mom, friend, wife and grandmother.

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Seed of God
Juliana Howard
Voices of Community

The Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways to build up the Body of Christ, using us in spite of ourselves.
 
Beginning in the mid-eighties, after the death of my mother, I was inspired to write children’s songs based on the Bible. For many years, I directed the Crayons, a group of school children who performed and recorded them. The first song given to me was “Seed of God”.

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Perspective
Dian Gillmar
Voices of Community

I sit on my porch,
glimpse through the open door
a painting, “Morning for Writing Letters”

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silence
verserver
Voices of Community

let us go adore him
let us go implore him
my soul
to make us whole

let us stop
and just drop
all attractions

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
From Vietnam to Centering Prayer
David Jorgenson
Voices of Community

I remember 50 years ago riding in an UH-34D helicopter heading west over the South China Sea. A clear blue morning greets me under a cloudless sky. We are U.S. Marines heading for the landing zone in Chu Lai, Vietnam.... I came home outwardly uninjured --without a scratch-- but not unaffected.

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Centering Prayer
What Centering Prayer Means To Me
Alegria Kent
Voices of Community

In retirement, I found myself lost and without an identity. It was a great loss to find that all of a sudden so many of the props that held my identity upright were gone.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
The Witness to “Is”
Sydney S. Orr
Voices of Community

There is

just this witness to

observe

both inside and outside

the body-mind.

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Another Easter . . .
Marge Rafftery
Voices of Community

As I read the latest "Voices of the Community" articles from the current Contemplative Outreach e-bulletin, I noticed something I had not seen before . . . one could go back to previous articles.  So I did just that . . . going back to one I had written two years ago just after Easter that year (see the article "A Very Different Holy Week.").

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Reflections on the Beginnings of Centering Prayer
Anne Mazza
Voices of Community

“In the silence we are guided by the spirit.”
Thomas Keating

As I sit and think about my life’s journey, I am keenly aware of God’s presence and . . .

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Centering Prayer
A Quiet Communion
Thomas J. Pawloski
Voices of Community

All things must have a start, even times of quiet contemplation.  After several days of hard cold rain on the Northern California coast ones thinking can become gray as the weather.  In my slow indoor “cabin fever” pace I can’t help thinking over my long past with its Lenten enhanced sorrowful sin episodes.  They hit me like machine gun bullets, so many incidents of shame and sorrow, bad fleshy decisions.

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Silence
Earl Lowen
Voices of Community

I spent 19 years as a lay-brother at St. Joseph’s Abbey when Father Thomas was my Abbot.  He was a wonderful man who helped me develop my spiritual life. I am now 75 years old...

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey, Father Thomas Keating
Fr. Thomas’ Teachings Help Form Us in Waking Up and Growing Up
Leslee Terpay
Voices of Community

Fr. Thomas has asked the Centering Prayer community to spend the next year going back to basics. For much of the past 12 years I have been revisiting Thomas’ teachings on Centering Prayer and the Christian spiritual journey by serving at least one long Centering Prayer intensive retreat a year in which I prepare by reading both Open Mind, Open Heart and Invitation to Love. This may seem a little over board in terms of preparation but I find each yearly reading brings me closer to absorbing the materials with my heart rather than my head.

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Sometimes I Am Goodness, Truth & Beauty
Deb Neal Johnston
Voices of Community Read More. Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
His Silent Valley
R.H. Burke
Voices of Community

It is another day in the Lord.
     I step from my room into the silence of the valley –
     an almost audible silence that is the language of God.

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Centering Prayer
Out of My Mind, Into My Heart
Todd Friesen
Voices of Community

I began to wonder if they were right after a snowstorm grounded my connecting flight and I found myself on a crowded van climbing over icy mountain passes. It was pitch dark by the time I arrived at St. Benedict’s Monastery and so I just went straight to bed.

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Centering Prayer, Retreats

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