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Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler, NJ, Centering Prayer: A Simple Prayer with Profound Effects

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English Transcript: 

Simply stated, Centering Prayer is a sacred time, in a sacred place, using a sacred word. You simply sit down, close your eyes and allow the Spirit of God to work within you – and to stay there. So, it’s really just a very simple method of prayer, but it has profound effects because you are not trying to control what you’re doing. You’re allowing God to live and breathe inside of you and you’re opening to the Spirit during that time. So, it’s really just sitting quietly, sitting quietly with your eyes closed. And the method of Centering Prayer helps us do that. It helps us stay seated. So, it’s a very simple prayer.   


Spanish Transcript: 

La Oración Centrante: una oración simple con efectos profundos

Para decirlo simplemente, la Oración Centrante es un período de tiempo sagrado, en un lugar sagrado, empleando una palabra sagrada. Simplemente nos sentamos, cerramos los ojos y permitimos que el Espíritu de Dios obre en  nosotros – y nos quedamos allí. Así que en realidad se trata de un método muy simple de oración, pero tiene profundos efectos porque no estamos tratando de controlar lo que hacemos. Estamos permitiendo que Dios viva y respire dentro nuestro y nos estamos abriendo al Espíritu durante ese tiempo. Así que realmente solo se trata de sentarse y quedarse quieto, sentarse tranquilamente con los ojos cerrados. Y el método de la Oración Centrante nos ayuda a hacerlo. Nos ayuda a permanecer sentados. Por lo tanto es una oración muy simple.

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