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.

JoAnn Rivera, Colorado The Importance of Contemplative Outreach

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Voices of Grace and Gratitude
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Voices of Grace & Gratitude are joyful expressions of grace and gratitude from the worldwide community of Contemplative Outreach for the gift of Centering Prayer in their lives and its meaning for all creation. A new video will be presented every Monday. May they serve to lift your hearts.

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I began practicing Centering Prayer after reading Open Mind, Open Heart, but I do not believe it would have become the center of my life had it not been for Contemplative Outreach - everything ... the community, most importantly, the sense that there are all of these people connected by the love of God and through this prayer. It has supported me and strengthened me for the journey. It’s a difficult journey. There are a lot of bumps along the road. At first it may seem like it’s going to be an easy thing and I felt like I had finally found the right way to go. I didn’t realize how difficult it would be, but through all the programs that are offered through Contemplative Outreach, the teachings of Fr. Thomas, the retreats, all the classes that we have here, the practices for daily life – the Welcoming Prayer, the Forgiveness Prayer – all the things to deepen the practice – all of that has made it possible for me to continue on this journey.  


 

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La importancia de Contemplative Outreach

Empecé a practicar la Oración Centrante después de leer Open Mind, Open Heart, pero no creo que se hubiera vuelto el centro de mi vida si no fuera por Contemplative Outreach – todo… la comunidad, y lo que es más importante, el sentido de que existen todas estas personas conectadas por el amor a Dios y por medio de la oración. Me ha sostenido y me ha fortalecido para el viaje. Es un viaje difícil. Se avanza a los tumbos. Al principio parece que va a ser fácil y yo sentía que finalmente había encontrado la forma correcta de conducirme. No me daba cuenta de lo difícil que sería, pero todos los programas que ofrece Contemplative Outreach, las enseñanzas del Padre Thomas, los retiros, todas las clases que tenemos aquí, las prácticas para la vida diaria – la Oración Centrante, la Oración del Perdón – todas las cosas destinadas a profundizar en nuestra práctica – todas ellas son las que han hecho posible que yo continúe en este viaje.

 

The Soul and the True Self

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Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I am currently wrestling with various concepts and definitions and how they fit together. When it comes to the false self and the true self I find the glossary at the back of the Intimacy with God book helpful. However does the soul equate with the true self or not?

Q:  I am currently wrestling with various concepts and definitions and how they fit together. When it comes to the false self and the true self I find the glossary at the back of the Intimacy with God book helpful. However does the soul equate with the true self or not? Or is it something quite separate? Also I have understood, perhaps wrongly, that the true self, is somehow beyond being wounded. Is this right?

On the 30th Anniversary of Contemplative Outreach

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Voices of Community

Dear Fr. Thomas and Contemplative Outreach associates,

I’m grateful to God for Fr. Thomas’ inspired vision in founding Contemplative Outreach 30 years ago, and for the many following years of his careful, wise oversight, and the offerings of his wisdom through his many writings and workshops. I’m also grateful for all the volunteers who have been moved to become leaders of Contemplative Outreach’s groups and coordination, without whom so much less could have been accomplished.

Celebrating 30 Years of Grace & Gratitude: Free Videos

Contemplative Outreach offers these free online videos for your enjoyment and spiritual enrichment.  The videos are all available for free download.

Getting Serious about Spirituality and Health

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Voices of Community

The goal is to enable members of churches, synagogues, mosques, and other religious institutions to appreciate the connections between body, mind and spirit.

Anything less than a contemplative perspective on life
is an almost certain program for unhappiness.
                                          - Father Thomas Keating