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.
Dear Sisters and Brothers of Contemplative Outreach,
This letter is my response to questions that were asked at our Centering Prayer circle [in prison]:
- What can we say about the experience of inmates in learning and practicing this method?
- What do we think is important for the wider organization to understand about this perspective?
What can we say about the experience of inmates in learning and practicing this method?
Q: Thomas Keating identifies three essential biological needs for human beings: (1) Security & Survival, (2) Power & Control, and (3) Affection & Esteem. Can you please tell me if these biological needs are Fr. Keating's own creation or did he borrow them from another source? If another source, where? If original, what led Fr. Keating to this insight? God bless you all at Contemplative Outreach.