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We embrace the process of transformation in Christ, both in ourselves and in others, through the practice of Centering Prayer.

Words of Power

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God brought the beasts before Adam
and he gave to each a name:
bull, pig, goat, sheep, dog.
His children called them by their names,
and lo! they came when called.
So shamans and savants said
there is power in words;
what we can name we can control.

God spoke to Moses from the burning bush,
and Moses asked what is your name?
God gave no answer but I AM.
So sorcerers and sages took
the Tetragrammaton to be
a name to conjure with.
Their awful arcana casts still its
monstrous shadow in the minds of men.

I sat in schoolrooms memorizing many
words coined by theorists and theologians
that they might master mysteries:
relativity, evolution, coinherence.
Now I sit in silence, seeking the center.
I need no words to call my God to me.
I cannot call, I do not need to call God,
for God is always and already here.

Robert F. Tredray
Evanston, IL

Centering PrayerContemplative Spirituality