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Voices 87: Judy Sharer, Kentucky, Humility: A Gift Emerging from Centering Prayer

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Voices of Grace and Gratitude
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87

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English Transcript: 

I am aware that I am more humble that I was before I began Centering Prayer. At church on Sunday this young man who has been coming for over a year with his father – the young man is severely autistic – I know for so long I would actually resent his being there because I felt he was disruptive and a distraction to me. He would clap his hands and stand-up at inappropriate times and make guttural noises and to my shame and dismay though he sat in front of me a couple of weeks ago and sometime during the course of the liturgy I became aware of myself as feeling compassion for him. It came to me that was all he could do – clap his hands and make noises and stand – and that was his way of participating in the Body of Christ and it was very humbling and I was very grateful to God for that awareness and God was present in that moment through him.


 

Spanish Transcript: 

Humildad: un regalo que surge de la Oración Centrante

Me doy cuenta de que soy más humilde que lo que era antes de empezar con la Oración Centrante. En la iglesia los domingos hay un joven que ha estado asistiendo hace más de un año con su padre – el joven tiene un autismo severo – y durante mucho tiempo me molestaba que estuviera allí porque sentía que me perturbaba y me distraía. Acostumbraba aplaudir y ponerse de pie en el momento equivocado, y hacer ruidos guturales, y para mi vergüenza y consternación hace un par de semanas se sentó adelante mío, y en algún momento durante el curso de la liturgia me di cuenta de que sentía compasión por él. Me di cuenta de pronto que eso era lo único que él podía hacer – aplaudir y hacer ruidos y ponerse de pie – y que esa era su forma de participar en el Cuerpo de Cristo, y fue muy aleccionador, y me sentí muy agradecida a Dios por haber adquirido esa conciencia, y Dios estuvo presente en ese momento por su intermedio.

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Centering Prayer