Voices 26: Marie Alfonsi, Alaska

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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Due to Centering Prayer I think that I’ve become a more patient person. I’ve become more aware of others. I’ve been able to remain calm through very difficult situations where I would not have been able to do so earlier and I think I have also been able to interact with people on a more even level where I appreciate everyone’s dignity. I became aware of my total dependence on God and I also began to notice that I would worry less about the future, about security, and this kind of thing. It was something that I probably always knew on an intellectual level but I attribute Centering Prayer to my realizing my total dependence on God on a more gut level.


Gracias a la Oración Centrante me he vuelto una persona más paciente. Me he hecho más consciente de los demás. He logrado permanecer calmada en situaciones muy difíciles, lo que no hubiera podido hacer antes, y creo que también he podido interactuar con la gente en un nivel de mayor equidad, en el que valoro la dignidad de cada uno. Me he vuelto consciente de mi total dependencia de Dios y también he comenzado a notar que me preocupo menos por el futuro, por la seguridad, y ese tipo de cosas. Quizá era algo que siempre supe a nivel intelectual pero atribuyo a la Oración Centrante el darme cuenta más instintivamente de mi dependencia de Dios.