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

Voices 19: Fred Spafford, Colorado

Voices of Grace and Gratitude

Voices of Grace & Gratitude are joyful expressions of grace and gratitude from the worldwide community of Contemplative Outreach for the gift of Centering Prayer in their lives and its meaning for all creation. During this year of celebration of the 30th anniversary of Contemplative Outreach, a new video will be presented every Monday. May they serve to lift your hearts.

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English Transcript: 

I was dragged kicking and screaming when I found Centering Prayer. Being an engineer by training and background, I’m a logical thinker and I’m always in my head – always have been.  And, the head is no place to try to define love – although I thought I was doing fine with it. But, obviously, what Centering Prayer taught me was that is an impossibility. You need to get to your heart to define the real important issues and start to be able to relate and have a relational experience really. And so, that influences every minute of my day now with everybody I meet.


Spanish Transcript: 

Me resistí con  todas mis fuerzas cuando descubrí la Oración Centrante. Como tengo la formación y la mentalidad de un ingeniero pienso lógicamente y estoy siempre en la cabeza – y así ha sido siempre. Y desde la cabeza no se puede definir el amor – aunque yo pensaba que así funcionaba perfectamente. Pero, obviamente, lo que me enseñó la Oración Centrante es que esto es imposible. Es necesario bajar al corazón si queremos definir los temas que realmente son importantes, y si queremos relacionarnos y tener una verdadera experiencia de relación. Y ahora siento su efecto en cada momento de mi día, y con cada persona con la que me encuentro.

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