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Knowing About God is not Enough
Donald Bredthauer
Voices of Community

When I was ordained in 1965 I had no idea what spiritual formation meant or how to experience God, which is another way of saying I didn’t know how to pray.  Oh, I did pretty well with leading prayers in worship, but that’s different from praying in a personal way . . .

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Lectio Divina and Attuning to the Spirit
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: Recently I attended a poetry gathering … The young man who teaches poetry used Lectio Divina as a method to find interpretation of the poetry and called it that. If he had called it repetition and discernment, perhaps I would not have had difficulty with it. However, he did not use Scripture but secular poetry. I did some research on Lectio Divina and found that it is misused in many contexts and by different faith structures. Would you please comment on the use of Lectio Divina?

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Contemplative Spirituality
Lessons
Deb Neal Johnston
Voices of Community

The Real  only comes to some-
to those listening. To those who
can endure the fathomless silence,
starting first in your core, then spreading throughout the room, through
shut windows.

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Let Your True Self Shine
Rich Lewis
Voices of Community

He was transfigured before their eyes.  His face became as dazzling as the sun, his clothes as radiant as light.... I immediately began thinking about my centering prayer practice. Isn't this what really happens each time I sit with God ...

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Life is Liturgy Unceasing
Theresa Clark
Voices of Community

LIFE is Liturgy Unceasing!

LECTIO DIVINA is Life;
Every Word an utterance of the Divine.

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Lectio Divina, Contemplative Spirituality
Living in a Religious Vacuum
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q ... I have realised that I live in a kind of religious vacuum and I would like to reconnect with "religion" more fully. It feels like my home is in Christianity, however I am still unable to accept Christianity intellectually. ...How to proceed in this situation?

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Mercy Will Prevail
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I am a lay contemplative catholic who would greatly appreciate your insight on the following matter. I see a world of one creator who has created both hell and heaven. who is responsible for giving each of us all of our gifts from bliss to the darker sides of our humanity, pride, selfishness, etc.

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Moments
Dian Gillmar
Voices of Community

In this silent moment
see how the palm tree
has shrugged off old bark,
how trim and stately it stands
against an azure sky...

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Contemplative Spirituality
Monkey Mind on Extended Retreat
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have been on many extended 8 - 10 retreats. On them I always have trouble going to sleep. The monkey mind is relentless! On my recent 10 day retreat at Snowmass, it got worse as the retreat progressed...

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina
Morning Prayer at South Padre Island
Michele Maxwell
Voices of Community

Breathe in --
the tide rolls out 
to the Mother Sea of Source 
in air-sucking return 
to the oceanic womb of life,
pulling consciousness 
like a uterine contraction
at three centimeters dilation

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Contemplative Spirituality
Motivations and Service
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  In the past year I've have fully realized the Martha in me and my false-self motivations that permeated years of ministry.  By God's grace the Illuminative way is proceeding but I am challenged by Pope Francis’ call to move out and serve the marginalized.  ....  How do I discern if authentic or false-self stirrings are at work?

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Contemplative Spirituality
Multimedia in My Head
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  When I tried to be open to God during Centering Prayer, I usually had a concordance of biblical accounts in multimedia or silent video format in my head, or modern life of mine or others. What do you call that, if it is not Centering Prayer or I am not doing it right?

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Centering Prayer
Music During Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I once asked my prayer group if it was permissible to have a melody running through one's head while centering, and their answer was no.

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Centering Prayer
Musings of a Part-time Centering Pray-er
Robert Currie
Voices of Community

About five years ago, I was searching for a spiritual practice.  One day, a notice appeared in our local paper about an event called “A Taste of Silence.”  The rest, as they say, is history.  The practice of Centering rayer appealed to me immediately. 

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
My daily practice...
Barbara Sullivan
Voices of Community

Breath for the spirit,
Meditation for the mind,

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Centering Prayer
My Experience of the Contemplative Gathering in Snowmass
Rafael Dickson Morales
Voices of Community

Last year, the founders of four contemporary Christian contemplative movements (Fr. Thomas Keating, of Contemplative Outreach; Fr. Laurence Freeman, of the World Community of Christian Meditation; Fr. Richard Rohr, of the Center for Action and Contemplation; and Tilden Edwards, of the Shalem Institute) gathered for a week of dialogue and meditation at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado. As a result of that meeting, they came up with an extraordinary idea.

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My Experience with the Living Flame Program
Rita Sturgeon
Voices of Community

The Living Flame is a special program, with an inspired combination of silence, Centering Prayer, speakers, and personal sharing – all which contributed a major role in my path to transformation in Christ.

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The Living Flame, Contemplative Spirituality
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
My Journey with Centering Prayer
Rev. Glen Hall Reichelderfer
Voices of Community

“Slow down, you move too fast.” These are lyrics that I grew up on. I really did not fully understand what they meant until about five years ago when I began the practice of Centering Prayer again.

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Centering Prayer
Mysteries Like Love
Stephen M. Feely
Voices of Community

Reaching out,

there is no edge.

I can see forever,

with eyes of light...

 

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The Practice of Contemplative Living
No words are needed
Linda Altritt
Voices of Community

The past two years my family has endured a devastating loss with the passing of my beloved sister. . .

One of the members of my prayer group inspired me to write about Centering Prayer.    

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Centering Prayer, The Practice of Contemplative Living
Nothingness
Sydney S. Orr
Voices of Community

This place living in nothing is like my end,
my death,
and yet I truly feel it is more like the agony of my personality being a nothingness.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
O Ever Emerging Dawn in This My Dark Night ...
Bridget Robinson
Voices of Community

O Lighthouse on hill of tears and mist
    a clearing to the path that leads to the
    inner cloister of Love in which I hope to abide

 

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Ocean Blue
Joanne Alban
Voices of Community

Drifting grey,
Rising blue,
Crested white

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On Becoming Myself
Jean Mahan
Voices of Community

My True Self, are you there hiding behind the fear?
Are you there, my True Self; a shadow unknown, unseen,
But felt in sudden shudders and closed heart?
...

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey

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