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We embrace the process of transformation in Christ, both in ourselves and in others, through the practice of Centering Prayer.

Centering Prayer is for Silence and Nothing Else

Series: 
Love Matters
Week: 
8

Love Matters are wisdom words from Fr. Thomas Keating spoken during the filming of the new series God is Love: The Heart of All Creation. Some are included in the series; others are from footage published here for the first time. A new word will be posted every Monday throughout the year. May they serve to inspire hope and lift your heart.

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English Transcript: 

The whole thrust of Centering Prayer is to further the movement into resting in God in 
interior silence, the end of the interior dialogue and surrender. So, it involves all the faculties, but 
in a more focused way than discursive meditation and reflecting on what one is reading.  It's 
using those human faculties to move beyond them.  Once you have moved beyond them on 
certain occasions - obviously, there are ups and downs all the time that all of us are familiar 
with - then the movement towards silence becomes the primary focus. … Centering Prayer is for silence and nothing else.

 

Spanish Transcript: 

La Oración Cetrante es para el silencio y no para otra cosa

El propósito único de la Oración Centrante es ayudar al movimiento que nos lleva al descanso en Dios en silencio interior, al fin del diálogo interior y a la entrega. Por eso involucra todas las facultades, pero de una manera más concentrada que la meditación discursiva y la reflexión acerca de lo que se lee. Es usar todas las facultades humanas para trascenderlas. Una vez que las hemos trascendido en algunas ocasiones - obviamente, hay momentos mejores y peores todo el tiempo, que todos nosotros conocemos - entonces el movimiento hacia el silencio se vuelve el foco principal… la Oración Centrante es para el silencio y no para otra cosa.

 

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God Is Love