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Centering Prayer is a receptive 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 Christ.
The Benefits of Centering Prayer
What is Centering Prayer and How Do We Do It?
Mary Dwyer provides a brief introduction to Centering Prayer.
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.
Read this Method of Centering Prayer brochure. One way to learn the method is through this in-home package: Centering Prayer: A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God; click to View in Store.
Click to download the Centering Prayer Introductory Program Tri-fold brochure.
Frequently Asked Questions
La methode de la priere de consentement, Centering Prayer Brochure, French translation
Metoda MODLITBY USEBRÁNÍ, Method of Centering Prayer in Czech
Overview of Contemplative Outreach Programs
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico On or Related to Centering Prayer
Support for Centering Prayer Practice
The Works of Thomas Keating - Brochure