Contemplative Life Program

The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of the Centering Prayer

The Contemplative Life Program (CLP) explores how to be a practicing contemplative, abiding in the presence of God in the midst of ordinary life. It is an in-home program designed to support and enrich a life of daily practice, study and devotion, assisting the practitioner to live and embody the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. Prerequisite: An existing Centering Prayer practice. See Getting Started if you do not have an existing Centering Prayer practice and would like to begin one.

The Details

The CLP includes 17 different booklets on various practices and dispositions of the contemplative life. Most of these topics have associated audio recordings as well. The topics are available in hard-copy booklet form, or downloadable PDFs. The booklets may be purchased individually, or in sets organized according to themes. The 17 topics are:

Centering Prayer Discernment Attention/Intention
Welcoming Prayer Forgiveness Lectio Divina
Active Prayer Spirituality of Money Simplicity
Hospitality Contemplative Service Discipline of Prayer
Silence & Solitude Community Faith: An Advent Companion
The Paschal Mystery (DVD & CD also available) Centering Prayer: The Prayer of Consent  

 

The Series

Year 1: “Practice” Year 1 is a series of seven booklets focusing mostly on contemplative practices. For more details, see: Contemplative Life Program Year 1, Practice. The booklets are meant to be mini-40-day retreats on the practice topic. The booklets in Year 1 have guidelines for how to use them, mini-practices to try and suggested further reading in the back of each booklet. The Attention/Intention booklet is the only one that is structured as a 40-day reader, where the participant reads one page each day, which includes teaching and a mini-practice or focus for the day.

Year 2: “Dispositions” Year 2 is a series of seven booklets focusing mostly on contemplative attitudes and dispositions. For more details, see: Contemplative Life Program Year 2, Dispositions. These booklets are all structured as 40-day readers where the participant reads one page each day, which includes teaching and a mini-practice or focus for the day. We found over time that our customers liked more structure, so this series reflects that input.

Both of these years are available as hard-copy booklets or as digital downloads (PDFs).

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.