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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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You speak the words of everlasting love and life. You made room for me in your "counsel" and I benefitted enormously. I have never stopped with Lectio since I met you at Old Snowmass retreat 20 years ago. Oneness with God's love is my deepest desire. My hope is that I too am letting God lead me, all of myself, toward Him and inviting others along the way. In gratitude and love, Gina, Vashon Island, WA.
Bihotzez, eskerrik asko, aita Thomas... Zure bihotz handiko isiltasun goxoak gurekin jarraituko du betirako...bertan, aitarengan, jarraituko dugu elkartzen, fedean eta esperantzan... Egun handira arte!!
Centering Prayer saved my life. I was in a place of doubt and confusion about who I was, where my life was going, and what kind of God was leading me there. When I read 'Open Mind Open Heart' in 1994, I realized I had found a practice, and in a way, a spiritual Abba in Thomas. He said God will bring people, events, books and more into your life if you are faithful and open to the spiritual journey. AMEN! And the type of God he professed and, I'm sure, experienced in his own life at times, one o... Read more
With deepest respect, and on behalf of Spiritual Growth Ministries, I want to acknowledge the impact of Fr Keating's work on the depth of people's intimacy with God here in Aotearoa New Zealand. Our Spiritual Directors Formation Programme draws on his work. The formation of Presbyterian Ministers at Knox Centre for Ministry and Leadership teaching Centering Prayer. My own intensive at Snowmass was a scrumptious part of my own journey. I have no doubt, the ripple effect of Thomas' work will conti... Read more
Over 14 years ago, I used to wake every morning with a panic attack. I was on antidepressants, but still the panic was around. My therapist suggested meditation and it was then that I discovered Centering Prayer. I went to a introductory workshop, started a daily practice, and found a group where I could participate. Then, shorty after, Father Thomas came to Austin and I was privileged to hear him for the first time in person. As we waited in the sanctuary and chatted, suddenly the room fel... Read more
My first retreat at Snowmass was many years ago in the still and depth of winter. One morning Pat Johnson whispered to me that I was expected down at the Monastery’s small chapel for an one on one interview with Father Thomas at 1PM. This was unexpected. I hiked down in the fresh deep snow, the tapes in my head were reeling with the noise of uncertainty. The ante room was cold, the interview room door closed with light on, I assumed an interview underway. At 1, it appeared the interview was go... Read more
Dear Thomas Keating, Your infinitely big heart and mind changed us all. Thank you.
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