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Challenge
Jan Jett
Voices of Community

Having just struggled with my 80th birthday, I resonated with Fr Arico's challenge in the June 2015 CO NEWS:

     Challenge

To BE and not to DO

Experiencing age
Challenge to be and not to do
Against my program...

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Centering Prayer: A Closer Walk with Our God
Fr. Matthew J. Flatley
Voices of Community

... And so I began the journey in earnest.  The more I prayed this way, the more I wanted to pray.  I love a reflection attributed to The Little Flower, Thérèse of Lisieux, who observes, “Jesus teaches me in my heart without the noise of words.”  This was my experience.  As Catherine of Siena instructs, “Build yourself a cell in your heart and retire there to pray.”  I did just this, as a twice daily practice, and I soon went from believing to knowing. 

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Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating
The Story of My Surrender
Grace Sutherland
Voices of Community

 

In his book, Invitation To Love, Thomas Keating writes:

"On the spiritual Journey there is usually someone in our family, our business or in our community whom we cannot endure, someone who has a genius for bringing out the worst in us. No matter what we do we cannot seem to improve the relationship.

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Set Free from the Pit, by Centering Prayer and the Truth
JB
Voices of Community

I was overwhelmed by constant, intense, thoughts and feelings of fear.  At the time, I believed that if I was just ‘right with God’, or, became a ‘better Christian’, these worrisome and fearful thoughts would certainly disappear.  So, I tried harder.  I purchased more spiritual books, attended more worship services, and prayed more frequently.  I was living a devout/religious life.  But, the fearful/condemning thoughts, along with their corresponding bodily feelings, just further intensified. 

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
No words are needed
Linda Altritt
Voices of Community

The past two years my family has endured a devastating loss with the passing of my beloved sister. . .

One of the members of my prayer group inspired me to write about Centering Prayer.    

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Centering Prayer, The Practice of Contemplative Living
Silent Visits from God
Karen D'Attilo
Voices of Community

sometimes silence creates loud noises in the heart, and sounds off in the
brain with chaotic patterns making us our own worst enemy...

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
In Memory of Mary Mrozowski Voices of Community

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Mary’s death, a blog has been set-up for those who wish to celebrate Mary’s contribution to the contemplative dimension of life by sharing their memories, prayers and photographs with the greater community. 

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Welcoming Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey, The Practice of Contemplative Living
Presence in the Silence
Niamh Brennan
Voices of Community

I had been working as a hospital chaplain for just a few months, when one morning I visited a patient (let’s call her Joan) who was due to have complicated cardiac surgery later that morning. The moment I entered her private room I realised that she was consumed by anxiety.

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Centering Prayer, Heartfulness, Contemplative Spirituality
Discovering Centering Prayer in New Mexico
Denise Tierney
Voices of Community

It is Autumn. As I make the daily drive North from Rio Rancho to Santa Fe I am aware that Brother Sun rises later and later. No matter how many times I make this drive I am continually amazed at the beauty of the rolling hills . . .

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Centering Prayer
The Crooked Keel
Paul Wishart
Voices of Community

I loved to go lobster fishing with my uncle. I loved being out on the open water; the fresh sea air, the confident growl of the engine, the lobster boat churning through the waves....

I’ve taken this story along with me for many years since I read it in that group. I’ve shared it in situations where it proved supportive for people dealing with difficult circumstances, such as the loss of a close family member or friend.

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Contemplative Spirituality
Lessons
Deb Neal Johnston
Voices of Community

The Real  only comes to some-
to those listening. To those who
can endure the fathomless silence,
starting first in your core, then spreading throughout the room, through
shut windows.

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Facilitating a Centering Prayer Support Group
Mary Mrozowski
Voices of Community

Facilitating is a ministry that empowers people and enables group process. As a ministry, it helps groups members to become more aware and more loving. Empowering others in this way is the heart of Christian ministry.

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Mysteries Like Love
Stephen M. Feely
Voices of Community

Reaching out,

there is no edge.

I can see forever,

with eyes of light...

 

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The Practice of Contemplative Living
A Blessed Psalm
Bryan Vosseler
Voices of Community

Blessed are those who, when there is nowhere left to go, turn inward; for they shall find the Center of all.
                             Your love sustains

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Contemplative Spirituality
Contemplative Hospitality
Robin Gates, M.A.
Voices of Community

Hospitality

     In contemplative consciousness, one is equipoised, in balance, at the center of one’s house welcoming what arises in quiet hospitality, free of prejudice and attempts to change, possess or reject.  In the silent interior, guests gather, are witnessed, and given respect, acknowledgement and clarity, as they birth into consciousness for healing and transformation.

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Centering Prayer, Welcoming Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Recognition: “It is the Lord” Jn 21:7
Mary Agnes Rawlings, LCSW
Voices of Community

Thought for today:   I cannot follow what I can not see!

Question for contemplation:  Am I “seeing” my life with eyes formed by the Word or by the World?

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The Practice of Contemplative Living
Hokey Pokey Spirituality
Ceci LaDuca
Voices of Community

“You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out. You put your right hand in and ..."

“What if the hokey pokey really IS what it’s all about?” 

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Bringing the World Together
Betty Voigt
Voices of Community

We were enveloped in the spiritual power of these saints (Kevin, Bridget, Columba, etc.) as we touched the stones and walked on the grounds of long-ago monasteries, churches, sculpted high crosses, and round towers. 

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Centering Prayer
A Poem
Robert Hirschmann Brown
Voices of Community

The reptile’s top priorities are few
Full tummy, sunny rock, and babies new
Its consciousness is narrow as its tail
Survival pure and simple will prevail

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Centering Prayer and Depression
Julie Henigan
Voices of Community

Some of us are blessed with good health, relative prosperity and long lives. But in even the most charmed life, there are times when things do not go as planned, when illness, accident, or bereavement threaten to leave a hole in the hearts and souls of the most faithful and optimistic Christians...

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Centering Prayer
A Report and Reflections on the Transition Process
Julie Saad
Voices of Community

The Governing Board held an in-person meeting January 6-10, 2017 and follow-up conference call on January 24, 2017.

Tens of thousands of people are now fishing in the stream of contemplative life. We are grateful for and proud of what our founders passed on to us. The new Governing Board and the Transition Advisory Team are interested in hearing from you about how we can support and sustain you.

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Divine Therapy through Centering & Welcoming Prayer
Anna Vu-Wallace, M.D.
Voices of Community

I experienced another person's energy when I first started my medical career. As a trauma team lead during my medical training, a motorcycle wreck victim was brought in. It was a female police officer who was riding with her husband.

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Centering Prayer, Welcoming Prayer
Yahuwah’s Love
Mark Lybarger-Monson
Voices of Community

Yahuwah, as a child in your Garden offering You your flowers,
You smile tenderly and hold me in your arms for hours.
Yahuwah, I live in your Heart, offering You your Love…

 

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Heartfulness, The Living Flame
Gratitude & Listening
Hal Edwards
Voices of Community

What an enormous and lifetime gift of grace is given through each and all of you at Contemplative Outreach as we all continue on the Way through your guidance, resources, community and presence!!! 

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Snorkeling in God
Mark Lybarger-Monson
Voices of Community

Floating
Breathing, Exploring
Feeling, Observing, Appreciating

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey

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