You are here

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

Articles

Titlesort descending Series Preview Category
Gratitude & Listening
Hal Edwards
Voices of Community

What an enormous and lifetime gift of grace is given through each and all of you at Contemplative Outreach as we all continue on the Way through your guidance, resources, community and presence!!! 

Read More.
Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Guiding New Practitioners
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: While debriefing the 20 minute prayer practice as part of the Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop, two participants shared experiences about which I would like some advice. One mentioned going in his "space" of a blue aura, which he recounted as the place where he infrequently experienced a special nearness of God. As he recounted it, it sounded like he was working hard to get into that space....

Read More.
Centering Prayer
Having a Vital Relationship with Christ
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have been practicing Centering Prayer for ten years.  The grace of really knowing that I am loved by God has been given to me.  I am certain that at the moment of my death I will throw myself on God's mercy, and all will be well.  I will be with God for eternity.  However, recently a priest told me that I am guilty of the sin of presumption.  I don't understand...

Read More.
Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
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.

Read More.
Centering Prayer
Hokey Pokey Spirituality
Ceci LaDuca
Voices of Community

“You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out. You put your right hand in and ..."

“What if the hokey pokey really IS what it’s all about?” 

Read More.
Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Holy Manure
Gregor Sneddon
Voices of Community

This homily was delivered on March 2, 2013, at the Sunday Eucharist concluding a 4-day Silent Retreat on Contemplative Living with Mary Dwyer in Arnprior, Ontario, Canada.

Read More.
Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey, Father Thomas Keating
Holy Stone
Robert Brown
Voices of Community

On a visit to Ireland in June 2012, my wife and I visited Dingle, County Kerry. This Holy Stone, one of many on the Emerald Isle, sits in the street in front of a home.

Read More.
Centering Prayer
Homecoming
Stephen M. Feely
Voices of Community

While seeking to clear my seeing,
so I could really know love,
be love, walk in the world in service to love,

Read More.
Centering Prayer
HORIZON
Dian Gillmar
Voices of Community

I look our across fog.
Gray ocean meets gray sky,
and I think of my young friend,
cancer battle in full force...

Read More.
Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
How Contemplative Outreach of South Africa came into being
Elizabeth Norton-Amor
Voices of Community

Our founder was Winnie Young, and in 1995 Fr Carl Arico (on his first of 4 visits) helped her establish an ad-hoc national committee.

Read More.
How to Create a Weekly Intensive Retreat Experience: “The Mini Midweek Retreat”
Becky Weinberg
Voices of Community

During one of the retreats while I was in the silence of my room, I began to think about several individuals in my Centering Prayer Group who, because of medical problems, caregiving responsibilities, or lack of funds, would never be able to attend an eight-day silent retreat.

Read More.
Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Contemplative Spirituality
I Am the Clay in the Potter's Hand
John
Voices of Community

“God loves me!” Father Tom began our eight-day silent retreat with Pope Francis’ request to Christians to reflect on this, and so we entered into silence at Mount St. Anne’s.

John is my name and I am an Alcoholic and a recovering Catholic...

Read More.
Centering Prayer, Twelve Step
I Checked the Timer
Mary Purcell
Voices of Community

Some years ago a dear friend gave me a lovely chiming meditation timer encased in a wooden pyramid. You set the timer for the length of time you want to center, press a button, and a tiny red light comes on...

Read More.
Centering Prayer
I Slid Off … and Found God
Jeanne Jemison
Voices of Community

The slippery slope of questioning the fundamentals of belief .... I slid off AND.. found GOD; GOD bigger than our beliefs, than our understanding...

Read More.
Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
I wonder why so many clergy are not aware of contemplative prayer?
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I wonder why so many clergy are not aware of contemplative prayer?  Even if they are, why don’t they share it with their congregations?

Read More.
Centering Prayer
In his book, Open Mind, Open Heart, Fr. Keating says that divine union is not a free ticket to happiness in this life...Can you please explain...
Fr. Carl
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: In his book, Open Mind, Open Heart, Fr. Keating says that divine union is not a free ticket to happiness in this life; that some people are left with mental/emotional/physical issues that they "suffer for some unknown purpose for the good of the whole human family." Can you please explain what this means?

Read More.
Contemplative Spirituality
In Memory of Mary Mrozowski: An Exemplar of a Lay Contemplative Voices of Community

Mary Mrozowski died on October 18, 1993. In honor of the 25th anniversary of Mary’s death and her contribution to the contemplative dimension of life, we offer these free recordings of her teachings, as well as a recording and transcript of the eulogy given by Fr. Thomas Keating at her funeral on October 23, 1993, at St. Dominic's Church, Oyster Bay, Long Island.

Read More.
Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Welcoming Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
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....

Read More.
Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Liturgy
Including People of Different Faiths in Centering Prayer Groups
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  What is your position on bringing in people of many different faiths to our Centering Prayer groups? When there is an interest in learning Centering Prayer, are we to concern ourselves with the interested parties’ religious background, e.g. whether or not they are Christian?

Read More.
Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
INSPIRATION KEATS (PROGRESSIVE ASPECT)
Bill Salvatore
Voices of Community Read More. Contemplative Spirituality
Intention and Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have tried to practice Centering Prayer for a while. I have been wondering if my intent of receiving the inner peace and silence from practicing is a "legitimate" reason, or if I'm looking for personal gains only, and this may not be a good reason to pursue practice? What do you advise anybody interested in Centering Prayer to think or do about motivations and intentions when considering this path of spirituality?

Read More.
Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Intention, Mindfulness, and Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: Our Centering Prayer group got into a discussion about 'mindfulness,' which I understand to have to do with attentive presence, awareness, being in the present, etc. The question arose, "What is the relationship between 'mindfulness' and 'intention,' as we use the latter in our Centering Prayer practice?

Read More.
Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Introduction to Conscious Work
Alan Krema, a member of Contemplative Outreach of Chicago
Voices of Community

Is prayer a retreat for you into a separate place where you find rest and peace? If so, why do you not find peace, wholeness and harmony in your daily working life? Do you think it is impossible?

Read More.
Centering Prayer, Welcoming Prayer
IONA
Dian Gillmar
Voices of Community

We wear our small marble crosses
to prayer every Thursday.
They were brought from Iona,
a “thin place”, where the spirit...

Read More.
Contemplative Spirituality
Is a Centering Prayer support group needed?
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have a long practice of Centering Prayer, having begun sometime in the late 1980s with a group that met weekly for about 12 years when our facilitator, a priest, was transferred to another parish.

Read More.
Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality

Pages