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Voices 54: Fr. William Meninger and Fr. Thomas Keating, Colorado, Centering Prayer and the Renewal of Christian Contemplative Prayer

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Voices of Grace and Gratitude
Week: 
54

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English Transcript: 

Meninger: When I read The Cloud of Unknowing, I realized that it was actually a manual on how to do contemplative prayer and I realized that it was teachable and so I started teaching it. That was in 1974 actually. And then, you started it because you were looking for an approach that was not Eastern – like transcendental meditation – in order to teach Christians, especially young people, contemplative prayer. That’s as I remember it; I could be totally wrong. At this point, I’m not prepared to defend anything.

Keating: What is there to defend? I was not really that much a part of Centering Prayer originally, as I remember it. I had too many other things to do to be able to give conferences. It was only after we had done it a year or two that we thought maybe we could train some other people so that they could teach it and it could be transmitted through them.  


 

Spanish Transcript: 

La Oración Centrante y la Renovación de la Oración Contemplativa Cristiana

Meninger: Cuando leí La nube del No Saber me di cuenta de que en realidad es un manual para hacer oración contemplativa, y comprendí que era posible enseñarla, así que comencé a hacerlo. Eso fue de hecho en 1974. Y luego, tú comenzaste porque estabas buscando una aproximación al tema que no fuera oriental – como lo es la meditación trascendental – para enseñar oración contemplativa a los cristianos, especialmente a los jóvenes. Así es como lo recuerdo; podría estar totalmente equivocado. Llegado a este punto ya no estoy en condiciones de defender nada.

Keating: ¿Qué hay que defender? En realidad no fui parte de la Oración Centrante en su origen, según yo recuerdo. Tenía demasiadas cosas que hacer para poder dar conferencias. Fue sólo después, cuando la habíamos practicado durante un año o dos, que pensamos que quizá podríamos entrenar a otras personas para que a su vez la enseñaran, y se podría transmitir por su intermedio.

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Centering Prayer