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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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"The ultimate complement to a teacher is that he is no longer needed". Fr. Thomas, you have changed my life and given me a body of work to last for my lifetime. You have given me the tools to move on. Be at peace with the universe now. You are no longer needed by me and your students. But I will MISS you so much. And the world itself does need more of what you taught.
My first exposure to Fr Keating was in the early 1990s through the two-volume set of audio tapes entitled The Contemplative Journey. I was immediately drawn in by his wisdom, wit and humor. I listened to those tapes every day on my way to and from work, labeling my favorite ones with silver stars so I could easily locate segments and relisten, over and over. He shared so much of his own journey and so many of his stories I will never forget. I recall bursting out with laughter when he told the o... Read more
Thank you, Fr. Keating, your teachings (which I received through books, audiobooks and YouTube videos) taught me so much! Contemplative prayer changed my life. Hope to meet you in eternity… Portugal, Europe
Thank you Father.
All that is in me sings "Holy, holy, holy" as I sit in everlasting gratitude for Fr. Thomas and his teachings. And I smile as I remember his words from last year's conference "Practice, practice, practice". Amen!
Thank you Fr. Keating. Your teachings have changed my life. You've brought me peace and sanity and freedom. From Central Califirnia
Wealth of grace and experience of Father Thomas has impacted us positively in so many ways. We are so grateful for the opportunity to meet him personally during unforgettable CO conference in Snowmass in 2013. From this time he never let our birthday cards sent to him without short answer. We hope he will be speaking to us on a new level.
Through learning centering prayer, I am given a renewed relationship with God - every day. How does one give voice to this awesome gift? I do not have the words I desire for this person and his teachings that led me home to the One already here, present and active in my life. Yesterday, as the news of Fr. Thomas' passing slowly dawned within me, the gifts of surrender, community, growth in gratitude, trust and love were revealed in my life for a beautiful moment. These are real, not only idea... Read more
Father Keating was the one responsible for my delighted discovery that "there really Had to be such a simple way into quiet prayer." That was more than 20 years ago and it changed my life in multiple ways. Now I gather two contemplative prayer groups every week to find our way into that quiet prayer together.
His teachings helped to change the direction of my life. I celebrated my first year of sobriety and 50 th Birthday by attending the Inner Room conference in Albuquerque, NM where I had the opportunity to thank him personally for his books, videos and retreats on the practice of Centering Prayer. He replied with suprise “But I didn’t do anything” . But he truly did as a channel of Gods peace, he lit the way for me to find a spiritual path and come to believe. So very grateful.