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.
At the initiative of Thomas Keating, the founder of Contemplative Outreach, the founders of three other major Christian contemplative organizations were invited to meet with him in early October at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado: Tilden Edwards of the Shalem Institute, Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation, and Laurence Freeman of The World Community of Christian Meditation.
Q: I have been a meditator and spiritual practitioner for 10 years. As of last year around February I went from having many ecstatic blissful experiences of God into a dark night of the soul. I have been studying integral theory and identify mostly with the teachings of Ken Wilber, however I am fixed in Christian, Buddhist and Vaishnava traditions. I am a do-it-yourselfer and have pretty much just guided myself through this spiritual journey with the help of books and a few spiritual teachers along the way.
Intimacy with Christ - Centering Prayer is sometimes accused of falling short of true
intimacy with Christ. What is meant by “true intimacy?” Ordinarily we think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words. Contemplative prayer, the pure gift of God, is the opening of mind and heart – our whole being – to the Divine Presence within us, beyond thinking, conversing, and even consciousness itself.
Centering Prayer is a method that prepares our faculties to awaken to the gift of contemplation...
Contemplative Outreach News, June 2016
Fr. Keating: Intimacy with Christ
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Q: In the book, The Human Condition, it mentions an accelerated course for people over 80. I am looking for information on that program.
What is the Kingdom of God like?
And to what shall I compare it?
It is like a mustard seed that someone
took and sowed in the garden;
it grew and became a tree,
and the birds of the air made nests
in its branches.
-- Luke 13: 18-19
"When rightly understood, the parables help us to see how extraordinary a wisdom teacher Jesus really was, and how revolutionary, in the best sense of the word, was the content of what he taught and to which he bore witness by his life and death.
"When rightly understood, the parables help us to see how extraordinary a wisdom teacher Jesus really was."
Based on teaching excerpts from Thomas Keating's book,
Meditations on the Parables of Jesus.
For most of the last 30 years, our abba, Father Thomas, has been an indefatigable whirlwind jetting around the world teaching, leading retreats, writing books and preaching the good news of Centering Prayer. He racked up so many frequent flyer miles traveling to far-flung places like the Philippines, the Dominican Republic and South Korea that he could rest in the executive lounge to wait for his flights. These days, however, Thomas is finally allowing himself to return to the more secluded monastic life he once knew. He concedes that at 92-years-old he doesn’t have the en