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.
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.
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.
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.
Q: In part my question relates to receptivity and trusting the process of Centering Prayer. I have participated in Centering Prayer for the past three years or so. I’m 35 years old and have a doctorate degree and work in patient care in a health care field. However, I have felt unhappy with my career, unfulfilled and completely lost as to what to do about this. Also, I have been struggling very much with loneliness outside of my work. I don’t think this is simply “burn out” as I have had these feelings/frustrations for years
Having just struggled with my 80th birthday, I resonated with Fr Arico's challenge in the June 2015 CO NEWS:
To BE and not to DO
Challenge to be and not to do
Against my program.
Always too busy
My body says time to stop,
Slow down and just be.
Q: I am new to contemplative prayer. I have been meditating for 15 years, but have decided to take contemplative prayer as my spiritual path as it suits me better (I was brought up as a Roman Catholic, so there is a sense of familiarity; and also I am a student of Ken Wilber, so I find this spiritual practice to be integral and aligned with my current level of awareness). My question is to do with a spiritual teacher or guide.