Spiritual Journey

One is on a spiritual journey when one’s primary life intention is to deepen relationship with God through prayer practice, devotion and service. This is represented by consent to, and participation with, God’s unfolding presence and action within and without, in the ordinary circumstances of our life.

God is All in All - DVD

God is All in All

God is All in All                                

“One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” –Ephesians 4:6 (NAB)

2 DVD Set
Filmed at the 2012 Contemplative Outreach annual conference in Snowmass Colorado, which celebrated the spiritual bond between St. Benedict’s Monastery and Contemplative Outreach.

 

$35.00

Why Meditation/Contemplation?

Series: 
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I've been practicing meditation/contemplation for more than twenty years. As of late, I am periodically troubled by the question "why am I doing this, i.e., contemplation?" The question is in the context of why God wants us to perform what appears to be an act outside of what would be a normal life, i.e., an artificial act. Why is it needed and for what purpose or ultimate value? 

Q:  I've been practicing meditation/contemplation for more than twenty years. As of late, I am periodically troubled by the question "why am I doing this, i.e., contemplation?" The question is in the context of why God wants us to perform what appears to be an act outside of what would be a normal life, i.e., an artificial act. Why is it needed and for what purpose or ultimate value?  I still persist but my doubting often makes me think about abandoning my practice and just live.

Extending Time in Centering Prayer

Series: 
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

What insight does CO have in regards to increasing one's practice to two to three hours per day? Our only insight into this is that it is more like an intensive retreat setting ... 

Q: Our group had a recent discussion about increasing one's practice to two to three hours per day.  What insight does Contemplative Outreach have in regards to this type of extended practice? Our only insight into this is that it is more like an intensive retreat setting.  This being said, the discussion revolved around doing this at home, rather than on retreat, and about the unloading process increasing with extended sitting.  We are far from experts on this and are seeking insight from those with more experience.

Centering Prayer and the Transformation of Suffering

Series: 
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I've been a Centering Prayer practitioner for several years and I've just finished reading The Better Part - Stages of Contemplative Living by Fr. Keating. I think that I've been going through the Night of Sense for the past few months. My question is whether the suffering (if that's the correct word) that I've felt by not having the desires of my false self met, can be considered "suffering", and considered as "redemptive suffering"?