Voices of the Community

Voices of the Community

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The slippery slope of questioning the fundamentals of belief …. I slid off AND.. found GOD; GOD bigger than our beliefs, than our understanding, than our constructs to understand God. [...]

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It is the wailing and the weepingThat wakes the will to repentInfinite happiness is the soul’s birthrightAnd all unhappiness comesFrom selling it for a pot of porridgeWhich leaves the soul [...]

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Soon I’ll retire for the day and receive the gift of sleep. I’m writing from the Katoski room at the Shalom Retreat Center in Dubuque, Iowa where I’m leading a [...]

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  There is just this witness to observe both inside and outside the body-mind. There is this detachment and I am not identified with either. It feels like my mind [...]

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What happens whenhe ground on which one standsBecomes a mighty chasmAnd earth a distant land? What happens whenThe new found earthIs not outside but inAnd deafened ears and frigid heartAre [...]

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[This homily was delivered on March 2, 2013, at the Sunday Eucharist concluding a 4-day Silent Retreat on Contemplative Living with Mary Dwyer in Arnprior, Ontario, Canada.] O God, you [...]

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I am grateful to have been practicing centering prayer for several years now. While in Hawaii with my family last summer, I would practice centering prayer on a hammock then [...]

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Silence
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I spent 19 years as a lay-brother at St. Joseph‚Äôs Abbey when Father Thomas was my Abbot.  He was a wonderful man who helped me develop my spiritual life. I [...]

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In May 2011, the Lectio Divina Service Team of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. developed and presented a six-day Lectio Divina Immersion Retreat that focused on the four senses of scripture: literal, [...]

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Promise
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During the retreat our minister led us on a journey of self-knowledge – where we were in relation to God and where we stood as far as forgiveness of ourselves [...]

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Mary Mrozowski died on October 18, 1993. In honor of the 25th anniversary of Mary‚Äôs death and her contribution to the contemplative dimension of life, we offer these free recordings of her teachings, [...]

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“Morning after morning the Lord opens my ear that I may hear.” – Isaiah 50:4 Resting in the silence of meditative prayer is the royal road to hearing what can’t be [...]

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Are we not like the leaves?While living, the leaf is part of the tree Becoming thereBeing created, then growingBecoming stronger, greener Then having lived, gives up its life with the [...]

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Yet Still
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And what do I know through all of this? Is God truly to be trusted? When you find you can be happy, although your heart is broken and still bear [...]

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You are rearranging the furniture in my soul. Of course, I gave you the key to let Yourself in whenever You wanted, but I can’t get over coming home and [...]

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Coming from the perspective of someone who has survived cancer certainly puts you in a place to understand, at least partially, what our hospice residents are going through.   One thing [...]

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sometimes silence creates loud noises in the heart, and sounds off in thebrain with chaotic patterns making us our own worst enemy the quiet itself is peaceful enoughbut the disturbances; [...]

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My husband and I retired at the same time about six years ago and we came to Bend, Oregon “to live happily ever after.” Our children and grandchildren live nearby [...]

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“Commit your life to the Lord,Trust in Him and He will act,So that your justice breaks forth like the lightYour cause like the noon day sun”РPsalm 37 1-4 Open [...]

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What an enormous and lifetime gift of grace is given through each and all of you at Contemplative Outreach as we all continue on the Way through your guidance, resources, [...]

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“Dress like you’re going to a funeral,” my friend George advised. The long list of rules for visitors to San Quentin California State Prison includes no blue or orange clothes, [...]

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Reaching out,there is no edge.I can see forever,with eyes of light,in a stillness,breathing in and out,enfoldment,like a kiss from mybeloved Divine. Open your heart,my sweet one,receive your radiant gifts,eaching in,o [...]

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This is dedicated to a very holy ( though she was unaware) seamstress, Ginny, who was one of the most unconditional lovers I know as mom, friend, wife and grandmother. [...]

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While seeking to clear my seeing,so I could really know love,be love, walk in the world in service to love,I forgot my activities, my routine, my habits,my drama, my occupation, [...]

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‚ÄúBe still and know that I am God‚Äù (Psalms 46:10).  It was a verse I had long been familiar with, but what in the world did it mean?  I had [...]

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