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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 truly found God through Father Keating, and it is because of him and Father Merton, as well as St Thomas Aquinas, that I became a Catholic. Father Keating's spirit will be deeply and painfully missed.
I too wish to honor the life of this precious teacher whose life immeasurably impacted mine. I was guided by the Spirit to Centering Prayer in Jan 2017 and first heard Father Keating in the shared retreat with Father Richard Rohr called "Healing our violence through Centering Prayer". Then his 2 volume "The Contemplative Journey" helped me learn more on how to stay in this marvelous journey of knowing God through finding him in each moment, and learning to let go of our ego mind to allow the co... Read more
"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