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Voices 53: Merle Parker, Arizona, Centering Prayer and a Gift of Prayer

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Voices of Grace and Gratitude
Week: 
53

Voices of Grace & Gratitude are joyful expressions of grace and gratitude from the worldwide community of Contemplative Outreach for the gift of Centering Prayer in their lives and its meaning for all creation. A new video will be presented every Monday. May they serve to lift your hearts.

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English Transcript: 

In 1975 my son was killed in an accident. One day I found myself in my bed curled up in a ball and I just was never going to move again. A voice came to me and said: ‘Pray!’ And I said: ‘No!’ But, I went into the church library and I reached up on the shelf and I picked off at random, The Cloud of Unknowing.  You know, that there is nothing random with God! And this is all about Centering Prayer, all about contemplation, but it’s a very hard book to read, so I read it for a while and I tried. I knew this is what I needed. And then Fr. Keating came to La Casa and gave a retreat and it was just like the doors opened for me. And now I knew that this is what I needed. 


 

Spanish Transcript: 

La Oración Centrante y el Don de la Oración

En 1975 mi hijo murió en un accidente. Un día me encontré acurrucada en la cama y pensé que nunca más me movería de allí. Una voz me llegó y me dijo: “Ora!”. Y yo dije: “No!”. Pero fui a la biblioteca de mi iglesia, levanté mi mano para alcanzar un estante y elegí al azar un libro: La Nube del No Saber. Saben, no existe el azar con Dios! Y el libro entero trata acerca de la Oración Centrante, acerca de la contemplación, pero es un libro muy difícil de leer, así que lo leí por un tiempo y luego intenté hacerla. Sabía que esto era lo que necesitaba. Y entonces el Padre Keating vino a La Casa y dio un retiro, y fue como si las puertas se abrieran para mi. Y entonces supe que era esto lo que necesitaba

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