Voices of the Community

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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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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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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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“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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‚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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Eventide
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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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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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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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