The Practice of Contemplative Living
The Practice of Contemplative Living is a nine-month process of formation enabling participants to create a contemplative lifestyle in the contemporary world. Prayer, contemplative living and the integration of contemplation and action are cultivated, and the process is aided by the development of relational prayer through contemplative prayer practices. The program requires an established Centering Prayer practice and a commitment of traveling one weekend a month to the designated regional location for nine months. For information:
When I am among the trees,
especially the willows and the honey locust,
equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,
they give off such hints of gladness.
I would almost say that they save me, and daily.
I am so distant from the hope of myself,
in which I have goodness, and discernment,
and never hurry through the world
but walk slowly, and bow often.
The past two years my family has endured a devastating loss with the passing of my beloved sister. She was stricken suddenly with a terminal illness and endured tremendous amount of pain and suffering, while at the same time inspiring us with her courage and strength. My sister was a very special, loving, caring person. She was more than a sister to me - my best friend.
This online retreat explores in depth the contemplative prayer practice of living in the present moment with attention and intention and uses the examples of three Christian contemplative mentors: Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection, St. Therese of Lisieux and Jean-Pierre De Caussade. Click here for more information or to register for the Practicing the Presence of God on demand course.
The Seven Stages of Centering Prayer, Fr. Thomas Keating
The essence of Centering Prayer is consenting to God’s presence and action within. The seven stages of Centering Prayer outlined below continue these steps beyond the present logo and dispose us toward ever-deepening self-surrender.
Thought for today: I cannot follow what I can not see!
Question for contemplation: Am I “seeing” my life with eyes formed by the Word or by the World?