Voices of the Community

Voices of the Community

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Contemplative Outreach of Chicago recently launched a new program known as Living Wisdom, to give interested members an opportunity to explore ‚Äúthe wisdom tradition.‚Äù  So far, the program has offered [...]

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A nippy spring morning in May, Harsh winds and arc-like rains Finally subsided, Overdue cleanups, lengthy lawns, Untilled gardens and untold repairs await. 6 weeks ago we celebrated the Paschal [...]

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[The Governing Board held an in-person meeting January 6-10, 2017and follow-up conference call on January 24, 2017.] Greetings from the Governing Board and the Transition Advisory Team! I write as [...]

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HORIZON
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I look our across fog.Gray ocean meets gray sky,and I think of my young friend,cancer battle in full force,of my struggle to accept. There’s no line drawnbetween here and there,and [...]

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Is humility to look down at others, wear not too lavish clothes, not standing up for yourself?  I think that humility is to take a break from our personality and [...]

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Facilitating is a ministry that empowers people and enables group process. As a ministry, it helps group members to become more aware and more loving. Empowering others in this way is [...]

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Union
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I sometimes wonderas I see the early morning frost.Could it be that the blanket of white that covers everything Is compassion?And the sky’s soft glow after sunset is empathy?Could it [...]

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As the story is told, Brigid went to the King of Leinster to tell him she needed land upon which to build a monastery. “You do, you do,” replied the [...]

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             Well, just what is Centering Prayer? Is it OK for a Catholic to engage in this practice?              I often hear these, or similar questions asked. Now that I [...]

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During a recent Centering Prayer retreat at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, I ventured forth on an afternoon hike, scrambling up a steep cliff to check out some rock [...]

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“The Lord said, ‘What are you doing here, Elijah?Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord,for the Lord is about to pass by.'”– 1 Kings 19: 9,11 The [...]

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I sit on my porch,glimpse through the open doora painting, “Morning for Writing Letters”,a flask of coffee, the back of a chair,a blue and rust-colored afghanon the back of the [...]

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At the initiative of Thomas Keating, the founder of Contemplative Outreach, the founders of three other major Christian contemplative organizations were invited to meet with him in early October at [...]

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“I became aware of how powerful Centering Prayer was because it was a container for my consenting to not only God’s presence in my life, but also God’s action in [...]

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Shutters
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Through the shutters of my soulsunlight rarely shines.Her voice demanded obedience,blocked out the light of childhood.As I grew older I replaced it with worries. On this rainy dayin a retreat [...]

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“You put your right hand in, you put your right hand out. You put your right hand in and you shake it all about.You do the hokey pokey and you [...]

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“Who put the bop in the bopshubopshubop, who put the ram in the ramalamadingdong … ” Those were the typical contents of my brain during my sporadic attempts at meditation [...]

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I often think about these words from Jesus, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them. For the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” [...]

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Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John and led them up on a high mountain by themselves.  He was transfigured before their eyes.  His face became as dazzling as [...]

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I loved to go lobster fishing with my uncle. I loved being out on the open water; the fresh sea air, the confident growl of the engine, the lobster boat [...]

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I remember 50 years ago riding in an UH-34D helicopter heading west over the South China Sea. A clear blue morning greets me under a cloudless sky. We are U.S. [...]

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Some of us are blessed with good health, relative prosperity and long lives. But in even the most charmed life, there are times when things do not go as planned, [...]

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Our Centering Prayer group has recently finished watching the Sounds True Centering Prayer DVD series featuring Fr. Thomas Keating, Gail Fitzpatrick- Hopler and Fr. Carl J. Arico. A number of [...]

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Many years ago while taking a morning hike on Mt Tamalpais, north of San Francisco, I felt the urge to sit down and to silently pray to the Lord.  I [...]

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