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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 never met Father Thomas personally, but through his books and recordings, I have for the past 17 years been touched, inspired, strengthened, led, "met" by his clear loving wisdom, his deep humanity. Centering Prayer is the central axis of my life. Since his passing from this life, I feel with enormous gratitude his continued presence and guidance into intimacy with the heart of God.
I will miss Fr. Keating so much. I only this past year learned of his teachings and contemplative prayer. I am forever grateful for his teachings which have truly helped me through the grief of losing my only son and for helping me to find such peace and LOVE with Jesus through contemplative prayer. I am striving to become a better christian every day. God Bless you Father Keating. You taught me the true meaning of LOVE. Quincy, MA
I started Centering Prayer after reading Cynthia B' s book, and thought Fr Keating' s books too profound...until I was in the practice for a while and then found the Three books bound together and was profoundly affected by them. I started a monthly evening group last year and then after a five day Centering Prayer retreat with Carl, I felt called to start a daytime group in my parish. We just had our second session, I did a Welcome prayer retreat and then learned of father's passing into the L... Read more
Fr. Keating was a holy person to me. Today, I planted a gardenia in his remembrance. ♥
I have had the exquisite privilege of visiting with Fr. Thomas for many years and even living with him for a few. There are too many treasured memories to try and recount here. However, I would like to share what he told me over and over and over again, "Matthew, when you think you are getting worse, you are getting better." For years, I had little understanding of what he was trying to teach me, but by the grace of God, I think I am beginning to comprehend. After many years of trying to wor... Read more
Heavenly Father, Thank you for the gift of life and the gift of eternal life with you. Thank you for the gift of Thomas his love for you and his willingness to share you with others we have been blessed by his teachings. Please guide and bless all the lives he touched and blessed. Be with those who mourn and they will be comforted. In Jesus name Amen Happy Camp California
I never met Fr. Thomas in person but I have been trained by one of his students in Centering Prayer through Bro. Lawrence. I rejoice for myself and for so many in our world who are practicing daily centering prayer. It is truly a gift of the Spirit for our world!
Today is all saint's day. Today I heard about Fr. Keating's passing. Today I know he is rejoicing with all the saints in heaven and on earth! The past month I have been listening to Fr. Thomas Keating's teachings and have been trying to share some of his wisdom with my students at the University of the Incarnate Word and the different places I have been invited to speak. We are practicing centering prayer which is transforming our lives. The fruits of Fr. Keating's life are and will conti... Read more
Many yrs ago....just out of seminary,I went to hear Fr Thomas Keating speak on prayer at St Marks Cathedral in Seattle....I didnt know what to expect ....Fr Thomas talked about contemplative prayer.....which caused me great frustration. I went to him after his lecture and voiced my frustration....he smiled at me and said "you are right where you are suppose to be"...my response was...no Im not....that why I'm here ...to find out how to pray. Fr Thomas smiled and said "Timothy, you are right w... Read more
Dear Father Thomas, When I discovered "Open Mind, Open Heart," I was recovering from many long months of tragic deaths in my family, leaving me with anger and resentment against God since everyone looked to me for strength. No longer speaking to God, I kept my prayer time faithful but in stubborn silence, refusing even to think. Then I found your book and discovered that I had experienced it all. The rest is history: c.p. retreats, presenter training, meetings, prayer groups, travels, jai... Read more

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