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See With New Eyes
Rich Lewis
Voices of Community

Centering prayer is an exercise of letting go.

We let go so the Creator can create in us.

What God manifests within us is up to God alone...

 

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Safe
Pam Paulson
Voices of Community

I was on a silent retreat sitting outside having a cup of tea watching a little critter poking his head and periodically I'd see dirt flying up out of the ground as he was busy digging.  I was thinking how afraid animals are...

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Sacred Feeling as a Sacred Symbol
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I feel led towards using what I would call sacred “feeling” when doing Centering Prayer. My feeling is love for God that I feel in my heart.  It seems very natural to me to return to my love for God when I'm distracted and it seems to line up with the teaching in The Cloud of Unknowing. Can this be used as a method for Centering Prayer?

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Restlessness During Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I was a regular practitioner of Centering Prayer in the 1990's. For the last few years, however, I make time for it in the mornings after reading some scripture, but can't seem to settle down. I cannot seem to empty my thoughts and focus on the sacred word. I get restless to sit for more than 5-10 minutes. Do I need to just grit my teeth and make myself do this?

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Centering Prayer
Restlessness During Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I do Centering Prayer two times a day... During my evening prayer I get very restless after about 20 minutes. I usually like to pray for about 35-40 minutes. It gets very hard to sit for the last 10-20 minutes. Should I stop when the restlessness starts or ...

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Centering Prayer
Resting in God's Presence
Father Thomas Keating
Other

Centering Prayer is a passage from concentrative practices to alert receptivity through consenting to God's presence and action within us, which places the emphasis on purity of intention.

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Centering Prayer
Renewing Our Understanding of the Contemplative Tradition
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

What is Contemplative Prayer?
Why is there a need for a renewal?
What about all the other forms of prayer?
What are the essential elements of Centering Prayer?

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Centering Prayer
Relationship Isn't Easy
Helen Druett
Voices of Community

I often wonder about my Centering Prayer practice even though I have been doing it for over 15 years. There are times when all seems well and then many times when I struggle lots as I stay with the practice.

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Centering Prayer
Regarding Prayers of Petition
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  If I pray to remove sickness or pain, am I refusing God?  If I am to offer up my pain, how can I pray that it go away?

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Reflections on the September Conference
John Kelsey
Voices of Community

There is a new and powerful movement of the Spirit in our community.  We are evolving toward a new level of consciousness – not only as individual practitioners, but as a contemplative community.  Our challenge is to let go of a business model of governance and allow a new framework of attitudes and practices to blossom in its place.

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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
Reflections on San Antonio Board Meeting
Pat Johnson
Voices of Community

When I lean into the first impressions I had of the meeting with the Board and the Transition Advisory Team in San Antonio this past May 2017, the words that come to me are CLICKING CLOSENESS.  This was my first time at a face-to-face meeting with everyone.  What has been built among the group is total openness, honesty, respect, loads of humor, and a huge amount of love.  It was palpable and contagious.

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Centering 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
Receptivity
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I am a commissioned presenter of the Centering Prayer introductory workshop and when I am elaborating on the notion of being receptive I describe the proper disposition as one of passive receptivity.  I'm trying to convey the idea that God is doing what needs to be done and we just trust and let it happen.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
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
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico Archive: Related to Lectio Divina
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q. I have been advised to NOT do Centering Prayer in conjunction with Lectio Divina. Individually and in a group setting I have practiced doing Lectio immediately before Centering Prayer and found that often the CP time was enriched by the preceding Lectio...

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Lectio Divina, Contemplative Spirituality
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico Archive: Related to Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q. Can you provide a connection for me between Centering Prayer and The Cloud of Unknowing?

A. :  I would recommend you study the pamphlet on Centering Prayer by Fr. Thomas Keating...

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico Archive Related to the Spiritual Journey
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I saw a notation by Fr. Keating about Heaven right here on earth.   Does this take away the hope of a better place to go when I die?

A:  Not at all. Heaven is being in the presence of the almighty and loving God for eternity - a living and ongoing presence...

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Q&A with Fr. Carl Arico ~ Meditation and Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: One of the new people in our Centering Prayer group asked me what the difference between meditation and Centering Prayer is. …

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Centering Prayer
Protestant Barriers to Contemplative Prayer
J. David Muyskens
Voices of Community

I am an ordained Protestant minister who has benefited greatly from contemplative prayer.  I speak from experience with a way of being open to contemplative prayer called Centering Prayer. I am well acquainted with some of the resistances Protestants have toward contemplation.

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Centering Prayer
Proof of God’s Existence? Or the Experience of God’s Presence?
The Rev. Hampton Deck
Voices of Community

When I was a junior in high school I took a class on world literature... One day {a classmate} asked me, “Why are you always bring Jesus and the Bible into our discussions?”  A little stunned, I replied, “Because I’m a Christian. Aren’t you?” “No,” he answered.  “Well what are you then? Jewish, or some other religion?” I asked. “No, my parents never took me to church. I guess I’m an atheist or an agnostic. I never really thought about it,” Chris replied. Then he asked me a question that stopped me cold: “Why do you believe all that crap anyway?”

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Promise
Helene Muller
Voices of Community

I had written my testimony (in the form of a poem) and found it to be an affirmation of what I had written: “We are being stripped of … our ‘outer’ self so that our ‘inner’ self can come to true life.”

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
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
Praying to the Old Man on the Throne?
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Recently, when I concluded my session of Centering Prayer and recited the Lord's Prayer, as is my custom, I was struck by the disparity between the Trinity in Whom and with Whom I had just been abiding, and the "God in heaven" who seemed to resume his cloak of an old white man on a throne far, far away.  Am I taking the opening of the Lord's Prayer too literally? 

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina
Praying the Scriptures in Solitude
Mike Potter
Voices of Community

Reflections on an Eight-Day Personal Lectio Divina Immersion Retreat

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Contemplative Spirituality

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