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My Heart Has Unfit Edges
Bridget Robinson
Voices of Community

This is dedicated to a very holy ( though she was unaware) seamstress, Ginny, who was one of the most unconditional lovers I know as mom, friend, wife and grandmother.

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Perspective
Dian Gillmar
Voices of Community

I sit on my porch,
glimpse through the open door
a painting, “Morning for Writing Letters”

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Contemplative Spirituality
silence
verserver
Voices of Community

let us go adore him
let us go implore him
my soul
to make us whole

let us stop
and just drop
all attractions

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
From Vietnam to Centering Prayer
David Jorgenson
Voices of Community

I remember 50 years ago riding in an UH-34D helicopter heading west over the South China Sea. A clear blue morning greets me under a cloudless sky. We are U.S. Marines heading for the landing zone in Chu Lai, Vietnam.... I came home outwardly uninjured --without a scratch-- but not unaffected.

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Centering Prayer
What Centering Prayer Means To Me
Alegria Kent
Voices of Community

In retirement, I found myself lost and without an identity. It was a great loss to find that all of a sudden so many of the props that held my identity upright were gone.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Que Sera Sera
Ceci LaDuca
Voices of Community

Lyrics from a popular Doris Day song from the 1950’s:

“Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be;
the future’s not ours to see, que sera sera”

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Another Easter . . .
Marge Rafftery
Voices of Community

As I read the latest "Voices of the Community" articles from the current Contemplative Outreach e-bulletin, I noticed something I had not seen before . . . one could go back to previous articles.  So I did just that . . . going back to one I had written two years ago just after Easter that year (see the article "A Very Different Holy Week.").

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Silence
Earl Lowen
Voices of Community

I spent 19 years as a lay-brother at St. Joseph’s Abbey when Father Thomas was my Abbot.  He was a wonderful man who helped me develop my spiritual life. I am now 75 years old...

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey, Father Thomas Keating
Sometimes I Am Goodness, Truth & Beauty
Deb Neal Johnston
Voices of Community Read More. Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Waking Up and Growing Up
Leslee Terpay
Voices of Community

Fr. Thomas has asked the Centering Prayer community to spend the next year going back to basics. For much of the past 12 years I have been revisiting Thomas’ teachings on Centering Prayer and the Christian spiritual journey by serving at least one long Centering Prayer intensive retreat a year in which I prepare by reading both Open Mind, Open Heart and Invitation to Love. This may seem a little over board in terms of preparation but I find each yearly reading brings me closer to absorbing the materials with my heart rather than my head.

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Contemplative Spirituality, Father Thomas Keating
A New Tree
Jacqui Theresa Leiba
Voices of Community Read More. Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
His Silent Valley
R.H. Burke
Voices of Community

It is another day in the Lord.
     I step from my room into the silence of the valley –
     an almost audible silence that is the language of God.

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Centering Prayer
A Quiet Communion
Thomas J. Pawloski
Voices of Community

All things must have a start, even times of quiet contemplation.  After several days of hard cold rain on the Northern California coast ones thinking can become gray as the weather.  In my slow indoor “cabin fever” pace I can’t help thinking over my long past with its Lenten enhanced sorrowful sin episodes.  They hit me like machine gun bullets, so many incidents of shame and sorrow, bad fleshy decisions.

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Out of My Mind, Into My Heart
Todd Friesen
Voices of Community

I began to wonder if they were right after a snowstorm grounded my connecting flight and I found myself on a crowded van climbing over icy mountain passes. It was pitch dark by the time I arrived at St. Benedict’s Monastery and so I just went straight to bed.

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Centering Prayer, Retreats
Shutters
Dian Gillmar
Voices of Community

Through the shutters of my soul
sunlight rarely shines.
Her voice demanded obedience,
blocked out the light of childhood.
As I grew older ...

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Why Do I Sit in Silence?
Rich Lewis
Voices of Community

Why do I sit in silence?
I sit in silence to be with God.
 

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Called to the Desert
Sharon Graham
Voices of Community

Ordinary time is over and now we are presented with a different, sacred time: one of fasting, reflection and penance. This period of Lent mirrors the forty days Christ spent in the desert connecting deeply with the Father.

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Liturgy, Spiritual Journey
A Conversion... and A Call to Serve
Richard Fudge
Voices of Community

This letter is my response to questions that were asked at our Centering Prayer circle:

  • What can we say about the experience of inmates in learning and practicing this method?
  • What do we think is important for the wider organization to understand about this perspective?

What can we say about the experience of inmates in learning and practicing this method?

I have spent a lot of time in prayer and reflection with these questions.  The following is the fruit of my labors.  I pray that through my words you will find insight and perspective, and that we may come into unity in the Holy Spirit as we sit together at the feet of the Lord Jesus.

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Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating, Prison Ministry
It is the Wailing and the Weeping
Bob Hope
Voices of Community

It is the wailing and the weeping
That wakes the will to repent
Infinite happiness is the soul’s birthright
And all unhappiness comes...

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
A Short Poem of Daily Surrender
Bridget Robinson
Voices of Community

“Commit your life to the Lord,
Trust in Him and He will act,
So that your justice breaks forth like the light
Your cause like the noon day sun”

- Psalm 37 1-4

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Words of Power
Robert F. Tredray
Voices of Community

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...

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Protestant Barriers to Contemplative Prayer
J. David Muyskens
Voices of Community

I am an ordained Protestant minister who has benefited greatly from contemplative prayer.  I speak from experience with a way of being open to contemplative prayer called Centering Prayer. I am well acquainted with some of the resistances Protestants have toward contemplation.

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Centering Prayer
In The Silence
Tom Agness
Voices of Community

A nippy spring morning in May,
Harsh winds and arc-like rains
Finally subsided,
Overdue cleanups, lengthy lawns,
Untilled gardens and untold repairs await....

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Liturgy
Yet Still
Bridget Robinson
Voices of Community

And what do I know through all of this?

Is God truly to be trusted?

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey

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