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We embrace the process of transformation in Christ, both in ourselves and in others, through the practice of Centering Prayer.

2009 December


Sarah's Advice by Fr. Thomas Keating
There were many events or situations along the way that have made a significant difference in my life. I’ll offer one special reminiscence. Some of you may have heard this before. The meaning of it comes in the last few lines, so be patient!

At the first Lama retreat in August, 1983, our meals were prepared in the community kitchen and carried over 500 yards down a path and served to us on the floor because the retreat space didn’t have any tables or chairs. Pat and her husband Bob Johnson were members of the Lama community. Pat cooked and served all the meals.

The Johnson’s had a daughter named Sarah who was completely disabled. She had fallen out of a baby backpack when she was 11 months old and severely injured her head. She required care 24 hours a day. She couldn’t do anything for herself – anything at all.