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Given to Me
Carol Lewis
Voices of Community

In May of 2008, I attended a Centering Prayer Presenter-Formation Retreat at St. Mary’s Retreat Center, Sewanee, Tennessee.    On the night of May 18, we all participated in group lectio divina.   The words from the Gospel of Mark scripture reading that reached out to me were “given to me.”  Ruminating on those words, I asked God over and over, “God what are you saying?”

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Spiritual Journey
God as Divine Therapist
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: Fr. Keating, in his book Intimacy with God and elsewhere, develops the idea - the image - of God as Divine Therapist. Yet Fr. Keating also argues that we must not have or hold on to an image of God. How can this contradiction be reconciled?

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Father Thomas Keating
God's Action Within
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I keep reading about "Gods action within." What does that mean? What does it look like? How can I know it?

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Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating
God's Unconditional Love and the Last Judgment
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

I have one "very spiritually perplexing question" that our group is unable to answer... If God loves us unconditionally as Father Keating often makes explicit, then how are we to reconcile this with a "last judgment" that is referred to in the Bible.

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Contemplative Spirituality
God’s Embrace
Ben Butera
Voices of Community

At some point I picked up on the idea that we should talk less and listen more. I was also intrigued with Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know I am God.” But how does one listen?

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Centering Prayer
God’s Hints of Non-Dual Love Within Science and Nature
Joy Andrews Hayter, Ph.D.
Other

As a scientist, I'd like to briefly point to a couple of the concepts of the new cosmology that may have inspired Fr. Thomas from the scientific point of view and explain why I think they are relevant to our practice of Centering Prayer.

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Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating
Governing Board Updates Voices of Community

As Pat Johnson prepares to retire from her role as administrator of Contemplative Outreach Ltd. at the end of 2018, the governing board agreed by consensus to appoint her to serve as a member of the board.  The term of this volunteer position is for two years beginning January 1, 2019.  The appointment would fill the vacancy left by Lois Snowden’s departure after four years of dedicated service.

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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!!! 

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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....

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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...

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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.

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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?” 

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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.

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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.

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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,

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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....

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Liturgy