Father Thomas Keating

A Trappist monk since 1944, Fr. Keating is the founder of Contemplative Outreach and is an internationally renowned theologian and an accomplished author. He has traveled the world to speak with laypeople and communities about contemplative Christian practices and the psychology of the spiritual journey. Since the reforms of Vatican II, Fr. Keating has been a core participant in and supporter of interreligious dialogue, as well as one of the founders of Centering Prayer. He also helped found the Snowmass Interreligious Conference, which had its first meeting in the fall of 1983 and continues to meet each spring. Fr. Keating also is a past president of the Temple of Understanding and of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. He currently resides at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, CO.

Centering Prayer as Purification, Illumination, Union

+Centering Prayer as Purification, Illumination, Union
June 3 – July 11, 2019
$79.95
partial scholarships available from Contemplative Outreach
facilitated by Pamela Begeman, Mary Anne Best and Julie Saad

Program description:

God is present to everything,
like the eye of a camera that sees everything
just as it is.
- Thomas Keating, Intimacy with God

For with you is the fountain of life,
… in your light we see light.

- Psalm 36: 10

Introducing Centering Prayer and the Practice of Silence to Young Adults

Series: 
Voices of Community

... At one point, we noted that we were all over 50, and many of us were 65 plus. We talked about the need to include young people in our Centering Prayer groups and about ways to introduce them to the practice of silence, which seemed especially important in this digital age with constant, instant feedback. ...

At the end of October 2018, we attended the first retreat at Snowmass after the passing of Fr. Thomas Keating and Abbot Joseph Boyle. The retreat began just five days after Fr. Thomas Keating died and three days after the monks of St Benedict’s buried their beloved Abbot. It snowed the evening we arrived and continued to snow almost every day. During the retreat it felt like we were enveloped in a protective cocoon of glistening whiteness with sunshine peeking through.

The 12th Principle Fund

A few months ago now, Contemplative Outreach received a generous donation requesting that the funds be used to honor  Father Thomas’ teaching embodied in the 12th Theological Principle of Contemplative Outreach’s Vision. For those who do not read it frequently, here is what it says:

12. The practice of Centering Prayer deepens our awareness of the oneness of all creation and our compassion for the whole human family.

Centering Prayer as Practice and Process

Centering Prayer as Practice and Process
$49.95
Hosted by our partner Spirituality & Practice
partial scholarships available from Contemplative Outreach

"God's first language is Silence."
- Thomas Keating


Be still and know
… God.
- Psalm 46: 10

Who Will Replace Thomas Keating?

Series: 
Voices of Community

Who will replace Thomas Keating? I’m starting to hear that question more. This is not a new question. It has been asked hundreds of times or more before our beloved 95-year-old spiritual father passed. Thomas answered this himself though. He was asked, with varying degrees of tact, “Who will replace you?”, and he would reportedly answer “You! and you, and you, and you…” to those in attendance at the time.

Centering Prayer – I think it’s increasing, it’s burgeoning, and I think after my demise it’s likely to grow significantly, even more. I don’t know why, it’s just the nature of things.  The seed has to fall into the ground and die for its full energies to be released.  So whatever gifts I’ve received hopefully will be continued by divine providence, perhaps in ways that we don’t foresee.
Thomas Keating

Remembering Our Beloved

Series: 
Voices of Community

Well done,
my good and faithful servant.
Come, share my joy.
- Matthew 25:21

As we mourn the passing of our beloved teacher, Fr. Thomas Keating, let us reflect on all that we have been given and discern together where we go from here.

Well done,
my good and faithful servant.
Come, share my joy.

- Matthew 25:21

Fr. Thomas Keating

As we mourn the passing of our beloved teacher, Fr. Thomas Keating, let us reflect on all that we have been given and discern together where we go from here.

Feeling Into the Great Love and Spaciousness That Is the Being of Father Thomas Keating

Series: 
Voices of Community

My relationship with Fr. Thomas Keating has not been lengthy in terms of time but has been lasting in support for my practice and ministry and is embedded in my body as an opening to an eternal love.

My relationship with Fr. Thomas Keating has not been lengthy in terms of time but has been lasting in support for my practice and ministry and is embedded in my body as an opening to an eternal love.

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?