Voices of the Community

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Welcoming the Body, Stilling the Mind, Opening the Heart Incarnating Breath, Gesture, Chant   “The contemplative dimension is the heart and soul of every religion. It initiates the movement into [...]

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Our founder was Winnie Young, and in 1995 Fr Carl Arico (on his first of 4 visits) helped her establish an ad-hoc national committee. This was replaced in 1997 by [...]

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As Pat Johnson prepares to retire from her role as administrator of Contemplative Outreach Ltd. at the end of 2018, the governing board agreed by consensus to appoint her to [...]

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Centering Prayer – I think it’s increasing, it’s burgeoning, and I think after my demise it’s likely to grow significantly, even more. I don’t know why, it’s just the nature [...]

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I first met that Irish monk years ago on the sidewalk. I was alone, hesitant, looking for belonging It was just the two of us standing there before Mass when [...]

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Well done,my good and faithful servant.Come, share my joy. – Matthew 25:21 As we mourn the passing of our beloved teacher, Fr. Thomas Keating, let us reflect on all that [...]

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Here is a letter that Ken Wilber sent to Father Thomas shortly before he passed: Dearest Father Thomas, I’ve been following your illness as it progresses, and, with so many [...]

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My relationship with Fr. Thomas Keating has not been lengthy in terms of time but has been lasting in support for my practice and ministry and is embedded in my body as [...]

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Minnesota Contemplative Outreach sponsored an event called ‚ÄúPraying with the Eyes of the Heart.‚Äù  We gathered at the Minneapolis Institute of Art and began with Centering Prayer and then went [...]

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In the spring of 2002, we brought a young man from Kosovo to Dallas to be fitted with a prosthetic.  He had been living in England where he was expecting [...]

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The integrity of the teaching of the Centering Prayer method is presented in the four guidelines and its conceptual background as described in the Method of Centering Prayer brochure. Additional [...]

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The article in the January 2018 e-bulletin, “Contemplative Movement” by Robin Gates, affirmed so many experiences that I observed during the first few years of my Centering Prayer practice. I noticed that [...]

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Fr. Thomas Keating states that two things happen in the inner room:  We get in touch with our basic core of goodness, and the process of divine therapy is initiated [...]

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On the western wall of Greystone chapel within Folsom state prison hangs a mural painting. A reconstruction of Leonardo Da Vinci‚Äôs “Last Supper,” painted by a Folsom inmate nearly a [...]

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The first words of Jesus reported by Mark are, “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1: [...]

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  The following is an edited collection of comments generated during several hours of small group discussions at the Contemplative Outreach Conference in Denver September 21-24, 2017.  Comments were gathered [...]

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  You shall love the Lord, your God,with all your heart, with all your soul,and with all your mind.This is the greatest and the first commandment.The second is like it: [...]

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  Heaven and Earth converge in our bodies. The body is our teacher. It gives us messages and grounds us in the sacred present. It is the temple of the [...]

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  Fr. Thomas has asked the Centering Prayer community to spend the next year going back to basics. For much of the past 12 years I have been revisiting Thomas‚Äô [...]

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  For many years, the Phoenix Chapter of Contemplative Outreach has partnered with the Trappistine sisters at Santa Rita Abbey to use their retreat facilities for two, eight-day intensive retreats [...]

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  Dear Sisters and Brothers of Contemplative Outreach, This letter is my response to questions that were asked at our Centering Prayer circle [in prison]: What can we say about [...]

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  Last year, the founders of four contemporary Christian contemplative movements (Fr. Thomas Keating, of Contemplative Outreach; Fr. Laurence Freeman, of the World Community of Christian Meditation; Fr. Richard Rohr, [...]

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  [Editor's note: Since this invitation was originally sent by the Chicago CO chapter to their mailing list in early October, numerous other tragedies have occurred worldwide, making the message and invitation [...]

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The Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways to build up the Body of Christ, using us in spite of ourselves. Beginning in the mid-eighties, after the death of my mother, I [...]

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