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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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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
It wasn’t until the early 2000s that I learned about centering prayer. Prior to that in the 1980s I spent time at Holden Village, the Lutheran retreat center in Washington state where I Wanted to learn more about And practice contemplative prayer. I learned about the Jesus prayer. I struggled in the 90s to find a “form” of quiet prayer that would stick. I walked labyrinths. Eventually I spent a private retreat at St Meinrads, then Sisters of St Benedict of Ferdinand in Southern Indiana... Read more
On my way to discovering my "true self," a wonderful professor of mine from Kent State University, Jeff Wattles, recommended that I take a look at the Contemplative Outreach site on my computer. Father Thomas Keating helped me find my place on a once very crooked road of life. "Open Heart Open Mind, " opened the door to a soul that had been hidden from me for many years (looking deeper and deeper into my soul) as Padre Pio wrote . Having been severely mentally ill, since 8th grade grammar sch... Read more
Liberty, South Carolina Father Thomas began to influence my life in 2001 when I wrote to him about my difficulties in reconciling the Christian religion with the perspectives that arose from the philosophy and experiences of nondualism. With his usual grace and candor, he was able to address my every question and it became very apparent that he was comfortable conversing at every level and had clearly experienced and explored the subtlest and most profound levels of consciousness. Over... Read more
I am grateful to Fr Thomas Keating! He was so loving and wise, so authentic, a lover of God and man, a beloved teacher and spiritual director to so many... I still have so much to learn from him and I’m just so grateful that he wrote so many books and allowed us to capture him on film. He has left quite a legacy! Thank you Fr Thomas Keating!!! Pray for us!
Thomas Keating's book Open Mind, Open Heart, has been an answer to what I had been searching for spiritually. Through Centering Prayer that I have been practicing for 6 years, I have learned to experience God at a deeper level. This truly has transformed my life, with more and more peace, clarity and a greater sense of being connected to others. Fr. Keating will be remembered as an influential spiritual teacher and director with a particular graceful personality and an amazing sense of humor.... Read more

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