Voices of the Community

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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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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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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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Drifting grey,Rising blue,Crested white,Golden light.I am notAnd God is. Joanne Alban, Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA [...]

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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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When I was ordained in 1965 I had no idea what spiritual formation meant or how to experience God, which is another way of saying I didn’t know how to [...]

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In college, I happened to work the early morning shift at the Crowell Hall Reception Desk at Moody Bible Institute in downtown Chicago. After I sorted the morning papers, I [...]

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“Slow down, you move too fast.” These are lyrics that I grew up on. I really did not fully understand what they meant until about five years ago when I [...]

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It is Autumn. As I make the daily drive North from Rio Rancho to Santa Fe I am aware that Brother Sun rises later and later. No matter how many [...]

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“In the silence we are guided by the spirit.”Thomas Keating As I sit and think about my life’s journey, I am keenly aware of God’s presence and action and how [...]

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The Wind
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fierce wind blowingwidely splittinghigh white blue skyever opening enter all into the circlesit upon the tiles of treesgather quietsilence round uscalmly breathinghoping peace fierce wind blowingrushing wildlydown snow mountainsblasting free [...]

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I often wonder about my Centering Prayer practice even though I have been doing it for over 15 years. There are times when all seems well and then many times [...]

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Each day, Oh Lord,May I offerless to You;Each day to be diminished,Until I am so decreasedby Your Hand and your loveso grown in meThat I become totalemptinessfor You to fillor [...]

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A Poem
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The reptile’s top priorities are fewFull tummy, sunny rock, and babies newIts consciousness is narrow as its tailSurvival pure and simple will prevailOur human brain includes the serpent styleOur lowest [...]

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