Contemplative Spirituality

Contemplative spirituality can be defined as a life of faith in interior submission to God and pervading all one's motivations and behavior; a life of prayer and action prompted by the inspirations of the Holy Spirit; a disposition not limited to devotional practices, rituals, liturgy, or other particular acts of piety or service to others, but rather the catalyst that integrates, unifies and directs all one's activities. Gerald May, M.D., expresses it this way: "The Christian expression is in the two great commandments: to love God with one’s whole self and to love one’s neighbor as oneself. Theologically, spirituality is our desire for love’s fulfillment which, in turn, is our response to God’s loving us first (1 Jn 4:19). We participate in the divine love that created us "so that we might seek God" (Acts 17:27). Further, the Christian contemplative tradition views God as always active in our lives, inviting, drawing and empowering us towards deepening love. ... In a Christian context, because we "live and move and have our being" in God (Acts 17:28), being present to things as they are involves encountering the Christ who "fills the whole creation" (Eph. 1:23). In other words, Christian contemplation means finding God in all things and all things in God. Brother Lawrence, the 17th century Carmelite friar, called it "the loving gaze which finds God everywhere.""

Centering Prayer Retreat

Centering Prayer Retreat
Date: 
Fri, 11 Oct 2019
Duration: 
3 days
Region: 
Eastern US

 

Contemplative Outreach of Central PA presents:

Contemplative Attitudes Through the Practice of Centering Prayer

A Retreat Based on the work of David Frenette

October 11-13, 2019 (Fri. to Sun.)

Presenters: Roberta White and Nancy Cord-Baran

Type: 
Retreat
Contact Name: 
Nicole Fedder - Program Director
Contact Phone: 
814-263-4855 between 9am and 4pm

Tuning-in to Nature

Series: 
Voices of Community

If we take time to look and listen, nature provides space and oxygen to breathe, salve for our souls and encouragement for our spirits.  However, to access that bounty, there is a tuning-in process that requires entering a slower pace than that to which we are accustomed.  Tuning-in is not about looking at and appreciating nature, but actually experiencing it and in doing so, developing eyes to see and ears to hear the voice of the Divine cosmos. There are messages for us in Nature.  But how exactly does a person tune-in to receive those messages? 

If we take time to look and listen, nature provides space and oxygen to breathe, salve for our souls and encouragement for our spirits.  However, to access that bounty, there is a tuning-in process that requires entering a slower pace than that to which we are accustomed.  Tuning-in is not about looking at and appreciating nature, but actually experiencing it and in doing so, developing eyes to see and ears to hear the voice of the Divine cosmos. There are messages for us in Nature.  But how exactly does a person tune-in to receive those messages? 

Centering Prayer Advanced Retreat

Centering Prayer Advanced Retreat
Date: 
Fri, 08 Nov 2019
Duration: 
7 days
Region: 
Eastern US

Reclaiming the Mystical Heart of Christianity
How Centering Prayer Can Deepen Your Experience of God
Contemplative Silent Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault and other Contemplative Leaders

Type: 
Retreat
Contact Name: 
Mike Smoolca
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
8607988992

The Contemplative Dimension of Giving

Series: 
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  During this time when giving has so much to do with emptying shelves and wallets, what is the contemplative dimension of giving?

Q:  During this time when giving has so much to do with emptying shelves and wallets, what is the contemplative dimension of giving?

A:  When I reflect on the word “contemplative,” I immediately connect this with “gift”.  A contemplative is well aware that all is gift, even when we create or give something like a Christmas present or an act of kindness.  The gift emerges from a dimension that was present before the act emerged. Presence begets presents! 

Exploring Other Traditions

Series: 
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

I am a Christian contemplative, but find myself increasingly drawn to Buddhist meditation, but am afraid that I am deserting God as there is no emphasis on God in this Atisha Kadampa school. Would it be advisable to attend these classes or do you think it may harm my Christian walk?

 

Q: I am a Christian contemplative, but find myself increasingly drawn to Buddhist meditation, but am afraid that I am deserting God as there is no emphasis on God in this Atisha Kadampa school. Would it be advisable to attend these classes or do you think it may harm my Christian walk?

Praying with the Eyes of the Heart

Series: 
Voices of Community

Minnesota Contemplative Outreach sponsored an event called “Praying with the Eyes of the Heart.”  We gathered at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and began with Centering Prayer and then went in groups of four into the museum, each group guided by a “museum sage.” ... 

Minnesota Contemplative Outreach sponsored an event called “Praying with the Eyes of the Heart.”  We gathered at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and began with Centering Prayer and then went in groups of four into the museum, each group guided by a “museum sage.”