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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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I Am the Clay in the Potter's Hand
John
Voices of Community

“God loves me!” Father Tom began our eight-day silent retreat with Pope Francis’ request to Christians to reflect on this, and so we entered into silence at Mount St. Anne’s.

John is my name and I am an Alcoholic and a recovering Catholic...

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Centering Prayer, Twelve Step
I Checked the Timer
Mary Purcell
Voices of Community

Some years ago a dear friend gave me a lovely chiming meditation timer encased in a wooden pyramid. You set the timer for the length of time you want to center, press a button, and a tiny red light comes on...

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Centering Prayer
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
I wonder why so many clergy are not aware of contemplative prayer?
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I wonder why so many clergy are not aware of contemplative prayer?  Even if they are, why don’t they share it with their congregations?

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Centering Prayer
In his book, Open Mind, Open Heart, Fr. Keating says that divine union is not a free ticket to happiness in this life...Can you please explain...
Fr. Carl
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: In his book, Open Mind, Open Heart, Fr. Keating says that divine union is not a free ticket to happiness in this life; that some people are left with mental/emotional/physical issues that they "suffer for some unknown purpose for the good of the whole human family." Can you please explain what this means?

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Contemplative Spirituality
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
In The Silence
Tom Agness
Voices of Community

A nippy spring morning in May,
Harsh winds and arc-like rains
Finally subsided,
Overdue cleanups, lengthy lawns,
Untilled gardens and untold repairs await....

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Liturgy
Including People of Different Faiths in Centering Prayer Groups
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  What is your position on bringing in people of many different faiths to our Centering Prayer groups? When there is an interest in learning Centering Prayer, are we to concern ourselves with the interested parties’ religious background, e.g. whether or not they are Christian?

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
INSPIRATION KEATS (PROGRESSIVE ASPECT)
Bill Salvatore
Voices of Community Read More. Contemplative Spirituality
Intention and Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have tried to practice Centering Prayer for a while. I have been wondering if my intent of receiving the inner peace and silence from practicing is a "legitimate" reason, or if I'm looking for personal gains only, and this may not be a good reason to pursue practice? What do you advise anybody interested in Centering Prayer to think or do about motivations and intentions when considering this path of spirituality?

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Intention, Mindfulness, and Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: Our Centering Prayer group got into a discussion about 'mindfulness,' which I understand to have to do with attentive presence, awareness, being in the present, etc. The question arose, "What is the relationship between 'mindfulness' and 'intention,' as we use the latter in our Centering Prayer practice?

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Introduction to Conscious Work
Alan Krema, a member of Contemplative Outreach of Chicago
Voices of Community

Is prayer a retreat for you into a separate place where you find rest and peace? If so, why do you not find peace, wholeness and harmony in your daily working life? Do you think it is impossible?

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IONA
Dian Gillmar
Voices of Community

We wear our small marble crosses
to prayer every Thursday.
They were brought from Iona,
a “thin place”, where the spirit...

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Contemplative Spirituality
Is a Centering Prayer support group needed?
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have a long practice of Centering Prayer, having begun sometime in the late 1980s with a group that met weekly for about 12 years when our facilitator, a priest, was transferred to another parish.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
It helps me remember ...
Barbara Kollenkark
Voices of Community

It can be a challenge to remember all those who have asked for our prayers. I wrote this poem 52 years ago while in the 5th grade, but continue to embrace it as I pray for others. It helps me remember . . .

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Centering Prayer
It is the Wailing and the Weeping
Bob Hope
Voices of Community

It is the wailing and the weeping
That wakes the will to repent
Infinite happiness is the soul’s birthright
And all unhappiness comes...

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Jacalyn's Psalm
Jacalyn Smith
Voices of Community

You gave me unique awareness
at a very young age
Before I could walk
I knew I was different.
    ~Your Light upon my head

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Jesus Christ and the Holy Trinity
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have just turned 73 and for most of 50 years I have practiced Buddhism – Zen, later Vajrayana, and more recently Theravada (Vipassana meditation), although I was briefly a Catholic from age 14 to early 20s when my family converted.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Just Be in the Silence
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I've been practicing Centering Prayer for about two years. It has helped me in more ways than I could ever express. My question has to do with what happens in the silence between the moments I use the sacred word. In those moments in between using the word am I simply to seek to be present/attentive to the Presence of God or would this be considered a thought too?

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Centering Prayer
Knowing About God is not Enough
Donald Bredthauer
Voices of Community

When I was ordained in 1965 I had no idea what spiritual formation meant or how to experience God, which is another way of saying I didn’t know how to pray.  Oh, I did pretty well with leading prayers in worship, but that’s different from praying in a personal way . . .

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Lectio Divina and Attuning to the Spirit
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: Recently I attended a poetry gathering … The young man who teaches poetry used Lectio Divina as a method to find interpretation of the poetry and called it that. If he had called it repetition and discernment, perhaps I would not have had difficulty with it. However, he did not use Scripture but secular poetry. I did some research on Lectio Divina and found that it is misused in many contexts and by different faith structures. Would you please comment on the use of Lectio Divina?

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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
Let Your True Self Shine
Rich Lewis
Voices of Community

He was transfigured before their eyes.  His face became as dazzling as the sun, his clothes as radiant as light.... I immediately began thinking about my centering prayer practice. Isn't this what really happens each time I sit with God ...

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
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

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