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.

One Step

Series: 
Voices of Community

We gather at the noon hour
Morning choices made, now past;
Silence at table, sit wondering
If the insights will last.

We gather at the noon hour
Morning choices made, now past;
Silence at table, sit wondering
If the insights will last.

I've been here many times before
Well, in this kind of holy place;
Impatient as I return to 'life'
As if transformation were more a race.

This time around it's different
A palpable gentleness of hand;
Walking me forward, one step, one step
Whispering to "trust wherever I land".

The Sacred Word

Series: 
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I know my sacred word is not a mantra. It is for me to use to express my intention of attending during my prayer time and I am to return to it when I find myself caught by some distraction.

Q:  I know my sacred word is not a mantra. It is for me to use to express my intention of attending during my prayer time and I am to return to it when I find myself caught by some distraction.  That's what I try to do and often I do that so repeatedly that my repetition of the sacred word seems to become a mantra anyway.  Am I doing something wrong?