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For Thomas Keating: Your Prayers and Stories


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Share a prayer for Fr. Thomas Keating or a story about what he and his teachings have meant in your life.
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I met Father Keating and M. Basil Pennington at a weekend retreat held in Spenser, MA. Our Harvard Divinity School class on meditation, led by Harvey Cox, had to read Morton’s work, Contemplative Prayer and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpches book on Spiritual Materialism. We spent a weekend retreat steeped in both traditions and then had to write a paper on which tradiron we embraced as a life practice and why. Over 40 years later, I am still practicing Centering Prayer, using the Centering Prayer App a... Read more
Though I had never met Fr. Thomas in person, his teachings on centering prayer as a method of prayer was a great turning point in my life and quite literally saved my sanity beginning in 2005. The Lord had led me on a path where I could no longer pray with words and had no desire for them; though I also experienced deep intimacy. I did not understand what was happening and at times would rest in the quiet of deep inner pray without words and at other times be deeply afraid that something was m... Read more
As with all of you, Fr. Thomas and Centering Prayer have changed and enriched our lives so very much. We are so blessed to have had him as a mentor and friend. I would like to post a lighter remembrance of him. Having met him in the early 1980's as Contemplative Outreach and some of its programs such as Living Flame were being formed, we were very blessed to have him stay at our home several times. I remember one occasion in the early morning after my husband, John, had gone to his office, i... Read more
P.S. My location is Sedalia, Colorado
I am on retreat this weekend and picked up your book “Awakenings” from the retreat house library. This book is very insightful and bringing me to better understanding of our Lord Jesus Christ. While at dinner tonight, another retreatant mentioned to me that you had recently passed on to be with Our Father. God rest your soul. You have left a legacy of beauty and truth behind. Thank you for lighting the path a little brighter for us to follow.
In gratitude for the life and teachings of Thomas Keating: Contemplation In the gentle Silence of empty space, in confidence, in contentment, and with the freedom of forgiveness, "There", I behold the Sacred. With courage and simple joy, in effortless solidarity, "There" I behold the Holy. "There", my awareness awakens: a glimpse, a mini transformation, a momentary glance of Goodness. And yet, fragmenting filters in with life's living, it'... Read more
Aloha, Father Thomas. I appreciate the Contemplative Outreach Website and e-bulletin with all of the pictures, testimonies, and links concerning Abbott Joseph and Fr Thomas. Thank you to everyone who represented our community by participating in the Denver memorial Mass and many thanks to those who made the Mass and the Prayer Vigil available worldwide. The online resources helped us to feel connected from different timezones and distant locations. Fortunately, our Contemplative Outreach ... Read more
I just finished watching the Thomas Keating memorial Mass service streamed live from Denver, Co. I was deeply moved and often in tears of gratitude for the legacy he left us. His gift of Centering Prayer completely changed myself and my world view. I met him once years ago at a day workshop in a Chicago church. He gave his talk sitting on the altar in a huge rocking chair. When the day was over we were invited to individually greet him. When it was my turn, I shook his hand and thanked him f... Read more
Father Thomas has given us a great gift. It is now our opportunity (and challenge) to fully unwrap this gift and to let it do its good work on us. As we are transformed, then it comes to us to carry on the work God has initiated in us through Fr Thomas, each in our own way, as we are lead. Father Thomas, I will miss your heart, your mind, and your physical presence. The conversations, the moments of abiding in silence, and the hugs. God Bless and carry you onward to Glory!
(Nairobi, Kenya) I was introduced to Fr. Thomas Keating and his teachings in August 2018, by my priest and friend, Fr. Martin. Through "The Method of Centering Prayer" videos, I started my baby steps on centering prayer a month later. Now his voice ".....ever so slowly, return to the Sacred word...." rings at any distraction. The sorrow is unexplainable. Thank you Fr. Keating for all the resources you have made available.

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