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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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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.
We are 25 French-speaking Canadians (province of Quebec) gathered in a 10-day post-intensive retreat. We are united - more than ever - with Father Keating and all the great family of Contemplative Outreach. Some of us have had the pleasure of meeting Father Thomas in Snowmass and over 200 have participated in a retreat given by Father Thomas in 2009 in Montreal. Thanks Father Keating. You changed our life. Nous sommes 25 francophones canadiens (province de Québec) réunis dans une retraite pos... Read more
Father Keating came to Boulder about 15 years ago to give a talk at Naropa University. He’s one of my heroes as well as someone who has changed my life for the better, so of course my wife and I went to his talk. He’s a lot bigger in person than I imagined, and I was thrilled to discover that in person he represents everything he talks about in his books and videos. That night he talked for a couple hours with no notes, making fun of himself and everyone else, and then mixing in profound ide... Read more
All glory and honour to God the Father and Jesus Christ through the holy Spirit. Father Keating was a non dual guiding light among Christian leaders and unique among Catholic preists. His wisdom and insite into the path to union with God revealed that he was so fully surrendered to God himself that I beleive it was probably God teaching us many times and Fr Keating was just a tool or vehicle. Along the wide and easy road to destruction that many are on, there is a narrow little side path that... Read more
I never had the opportunity to meet Fr. Keating in person but I surely can say I met him through every lesson, every word I watched through videos and recording for the 2018 The Spiritual Journey e-course. Thanks Father Thomas for this wonderful legacy, thank you for your interest in wanting other people be involved in Centering Prayer and the Spiritual Journey. Centering Prayer is a blessing in my life, it’s my rock in all moments difficult and good. United to the community in pray... Read more
Father Keating gave me an awareness that God dwells within me moment to moment and that we are all one. His message was always about Love & Respect for ourselves, neighbors and everything in the cosmos. Father Thomas taught me to see God everywhere, whether my eyes were open or closed. You will live in my heart for all eternity!
At some point in my browsing and reading the Contemplative Outreach and Spirituality and Practice e-mails, I first read the name Thomas Keating. I think it was reading a course produced by Cynthia Bourgeault that I was introduced to Fr Keatings - Centering Prayer. At the time I was searching for something to improve my prayer life but I had difficulty with this method of prayer until I read Cynthia's story of how Thomas told the nun that she "had 1000 opportunities to return to God" when 1000... Read more
I'm remembering a night in November, 1983 when I called St. Benedict Monastery in Snowmass to inquire about possible spiritual direction. I had recently moved to Rifle Colorado, and I was 'longing' for spiritual connection. My silent prayer was promptly granted, Father Thomas answered the phone. He explained to me that there were not many Monks, so spiritual direction wasn't available. He then said he was going to meet with a few others the next week to talk about Monastic Prayer and invi... Read more
Since college (1955-59), I was always drawn to those who wrote about contemplative thought ( Thomas Merton, Tuillard De Chardin etc.). Then in 1980 I met Marge Rafftery, Largo, Florida, who invited me to learn about Centering Pray and first introduced me to her group which was part of Contemplative Outreach. Since that time I had been practicing Centering Prayer intermittently with her group. In 2006, Mary Sweeney, a member of Marge's group, and I started at small group at our parish, St. Cathe... Read more