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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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My relationship with Fr. Thomas Keating has not been lengthy in terms of time but has been lasting in lasting in both support for my practice and ministry and is embedded in my body as an opening to an eternal love. I began by writing a letter to Fr. Thomas in early 2015 about my experience with Centering Prayer. I described to him how my attachment in thought to a particularly energetic association I had in my thoughts during Centering Prayer had led me repeatedly to let go of this and retu... Read more
Dear Father Thomas, Thank you, thank you so much for welcoming me in 2015 in Colorado. You were ill and yet you were willing to give me an interview. I had come from over the ocean and had longed to meet you for more than 20 years. Why there was suddenly a 'kairos' in May 2015 so that I could travel to Snowmass, is still a mystery to me. I didn't dare to tire you or push you to the interview, so I hesitated, but you yourself consented even before I had asked and you were all witty and energetic... Read more
Our prayer Group has just celebrated the Eucharist for our beloved Fr.Thomas. We are deeply saddened by his passing as we owe so much to him. I personally want to express my immense gratitude to this Spiritual Colossus who has been the mainstay of my priesthood for the past 35 years. In all the parishes I have been sent to I have started a Centering Prayer Group based on his teaching. I have also traveled to COUK where I met Elizabeth Smith. I had the privilege of meeting Fr Thomas at Snowm... Read more
I send my love and heartfelt prayers. I am so grateful for everything Fr Thomas has instilled in me. I shall miss him but I am assured he is now resting in the peace of Christ. Kathy
My deepest and heartfelt gratitude for the life you devoted yourself to. I appreciate all your teachings and wisdoms. I know I have by become closer to God's presence because of you and I will be forever eternally grateful.
Just last spring I was introduced to Contemplative Prayer and the teachings Friar Thomas Keating at the Mercy Center in Madison, CT. It has opened a beautiful new chapter in my life. He left a very special blessing in a very troubled world for myself and the entire world. I am grateful.
From a remote student in Salt Lake City, Utah, I am honored to write this summary. I was first introduced to Fr. Keating at the Norbertine Community of Santa Maria de la Vid Abbey where I stayed for 2 years. They had a whole set of video tapes from Fr. Keating. I was instantly amazed at how much truth was in the first and subsequent tapes. It really hit home and as I went through each tape with Brother Dennis, I realized how much I would be learning about myself, my childhood, and most important... Read more
Fr. Keating was truly a spiritmaster and spiritual director to so many through his books, tapes and conferences, and Centering Prayer has truly changed my life over the past 20 years. The first time I met Fr. Thomas I was nervous and excited, he quickly calmed my anxiety and crystallized all I had read. I will never forget his down to earth presence and aura, truly he was a gift sent by the Creator to show us the way.
Fr Keating Thankyou ,Thankyou , Thankyou. I will continue to visit, with you through your writings.
Thank you, Father Thomas for being lovingly around with us all. Although you’ve passed onto the other side, beyond the veil, you are still with us extending Love and Compassion at the side of Jeshua and it’s not a metaphor. Your smile, peace, joy and understanding embraced and soothed all those seeking real answers. I’ve been one of them and I am so grateful to you, my brother and teacher, for your service that always stirred hope, joy, love and truth. I see your beautiful face beaming wit... Read more

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