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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 62: Rev. David Loar, OH, Centering Prayer and Peace in the World as It Is

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Voices of Grace and Gratitude
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62

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. A new video will be presented every Monday. May they serve to lift your hearts.

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English Transcript: 

Centering Prayer has helped me to be aware of that presence of God in myself and others. It is a way to be at peace with the world even as it is – as deep and painful as it may be. For all the peace and justice work I’ve done, the craziness of my own life was creating chaos in the world even though my mission was to create peace and justice. Centering Prayer has helped me to match-up my own practice with my vision and ideals and core values of there being peace in the world. More recently in my experience and practice I noticed that as I’m praying I’m feeling more sadness and tears which is good because that’s not something that I have normally – and I can say as white male – that I’ve allowed in my life to feel.  It has helped me – it has enabled me – to be aware of places that I have been unwilling to offer to God of me.


 

Spanish Transcript: 

La Oración Centrante y la paz del mundo tal cual es

La Oración Centrante me ha ayudado a ser consciente de la presencia de Dios en mí y en otros. Es una manera de estar en paz con el mundo tal cual es – con todo lo doloroso que puede ser. A pesar de todo el trabajo que he hecho por la paz y la justicia, la locura de mi propia vida creaba caos en el mundo aunque mi misión fuera la de crear paz y justicia. La Oración Centrante me ha ayudado a hacer que mi práctica se corresponda con mi visión y mis ideales, y mi propia valoración de que haya paz en el mundo. En este último tiempo he notado, en mi experiencia y en mi práctica, que cuando oro siento más tristeza y deseos de llorar, lo que es bueno porque es algo que normalmente no me he permitido sentir – como sucede con los hombres en general. Me ha ayudado. Me ha permitido darme cuenta de que existen en mi interior lugares que no he estado dispuesto a ofrecer a Dios.

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