Voices of the Community

Voices of the Community

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As I sit on my sofafacing southI hear the crickets,little pinpricks of soundin the night.I open wideto the stars and beyond,to that which we call God. I open to the [...]

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O Lighthouse on hill of tears and mist    a clearing to the path that leads to the    inner cloister of Love in which I hope to abide              life surrendered as                  [...]

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God is always speaking, but few times have I documented what He has showed me or told me. This was one of the times… I asked Him:  Where is the most [...]

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My name is Michael Erwin. I have been doing Centering Prayer on a daily basis for several years during my incarceration at San Quentin State Prison. I have found that [...]

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For a few months I have been sitting with this wonderful quotation from Basil Pennington‚Äôs book on Centering Prayer. “By grace we are Christ. Our relationship with God is that [...]

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This place living in nothing is like my end,my death,and yet I truly feel it is more like the agony of my personality being a nothingness.It is a place I [...]

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Breath for the spirit,Meditation for the mind,Yoga for the body,Prayer for the heart,Contemplation for the soul.Everyday. Barbara SullivanThe Colony, TX [...]

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Some years ago a dear friend gave me a lovely chiming meditation timer encased in a wooden pyramid. You set the timer for the length of time you want to [...]

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You gave me unique awarenessat a very young ageBefore I could walkI knew I was different.        ~Your Light upon my head I did not stay on the [...]

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This May 2012, a spiritual friend and I made a pilgrimage to Ireland.  In our rented mini Nissan we drove from ancient site to ancient site, walking and praying in [...]

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It is another day in the Lord.     I step from my room into the silence of the valley ‚Äì    an almost audible silence that is the language of God. The [...]

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On a visit to Ireland in June 2012, my wife and I visited Dingle, County Kerry. This Holy Stone, one of many on the Emerald Isle, sits in the street [...]

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The past two years my family has endured a devastating loss with the passing of my beloved sister. She was stricken suddenly with a terminal illness and endured tremendous amount [...]

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When I am among the trees,especially the willows and the honey locust,equally the beech, the oaks and the pines,they give off such hints of gladness.I would almost say that they [...]

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It can be a challenge to remember all those who have asked for our prayers. I wrote this poem 52 years ago while in the 5th grade, but continue to [...]

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Thought for today:   I cannot follow what I can not see! Question for contemplation:  Am I ‚Äúseeing‚Äù my life with eyes formed by the Word or by the World? I [...]

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silence
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let us go adore himlet us go implore himmy soulto make us whole let us stopand just dropall attractionsdistractionsaddictionsafflictionspossessionsobsessionsattachmentsinvolvementsall desires worriesanxieties memories –our old self forsake this one decision make:shed [...]

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In 2006, my late wife, Kate, four other psychotherapists, a cognitive behavioral trainer, and myself began a program at Travis County Correctional Center in Austin entitled LifeTools©. It provided psychological, [...]

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Ordinary time is over and now we are presented with a different, sacred time: one of fasting, reflection and penance. This period of Lent mirrors the forty days Christ spent in [...]

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Lent a time to start over      a time to take stock         a time to see the truth            a time to lay it all down  Kathleen [...]

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I was on a silent retreat sitting outside having a cup of tea watching a little critter poking his head and periodically I’d see dirt flying up out of the [...]

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In gratitude for all of what Thomas Keating and Contemplative Outreach has done in supporting my spiritual growth.   My meditation* began with use of the symbol of a cross: [...]

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Fr. Keating recommends studying the beatitudes.  The beatitudes, especially poverty of spirit, seem to stand out in the heart of his writing.  It seems to me I can take satisfaction [...]

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In his book, Invitation To Love, Thomas Keating writes: “On the spiritual Journey there is usually someone in our family, our business or in our community whom we cannot endure, someone [...]

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I’ve been practicing Centering Prayer since early 2008; up until then most of my prayer could be described as some reflection on God, but mostly trying to talk to God [...]

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