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Advent Reflection
Peter Traben Haas
Voices of Community

I take the kingdom of God to be any experience that births the living presence of Christ in and through each of us. How about you?

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Retreats
It is the Wailing and the Weeping
Bob Hope
Voices of Community

It is the wailing and the weeping
That wakes the will to repent
Infinite happiness is the soul’s birthright
And all unhappiness comes...

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
I Slid Off … and Found God
Jeanne Jemison
Voices of Community

The slippery slope of questioning the fundamentals of belief .... I slid off AND.. found GOD; GOD bigger than our beliefs, than our understanding...

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Contrition
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  On a recent Contemplative Outreach silent retreat I had my first encounter with the theme of contrition. I felt a little tickled because I knew that I was being much harder on myself than the Lord, who didn't seem as concerned as I.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Centering Prayer and Speaking in Tongues
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Please help me understand how Centering Prayer and the charismatic or Pentecostal belief in speaking in tongues as a sign on baptism in the Spirit are related?  Can they abide in the same person?

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
The Witness to “Is”
Sydney S. Orr
Voices of Community

There is

just this witness to

observe

both inside and outside

the body-mind.

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
What Happens When
Jacqui Leiba
Voices of Community

What happens when
The ground on which one stands
ecomes a mighty chasm
And earth a distant land?

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
False Self and Personality
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q. What is the relation between the unique personality and the false self?

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
In Memory of Mary Mrozowski Voices of Community

In honor of the 20th anniversary of Mary’s death, a blog has been set-up for those who wish to celebrate Mary’s contribution to the contemplative dimension of life by sharing their memories, prayers and photographs with the greater community. 

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Welcoming Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey, The Practice of Contemplative Living
Promise
Helene Muller
Voices of Community

I had written my testimony (in the form of a poem) and found it to be an affirmation of what I had written: “We are being stripped of … our ‘outer’ self so that our ‘inner’ self can come to true life.”

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Praying the Scriptures in Solitude
Mike Potter
Voices of Community

Reflections on an Eight-Day Personal Lectio Divina Immersion Retreat

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Contemplative Spirituality
A State of Contemplation?
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q. recently the conversation with God seems to have changed. I THINK that He sometimes speaks to me out of my own mouth, but I'm not sure if it's just wishful thinking on my part or not...is what I'm describing even possible? Does God ever work this way, or am I just being naive?

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Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Silence
Earl Lowen
Voices of Community

I spent 19 years as a lay-brother at St. Joseph’s Abbey when Father Thomas was my Abbot.  He was a wonderful man who helped me develop my spiritual life. I am now 75 years old...

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey, Father Thomas Keating
Snorkeling in God
Mark Lybarger-Monson
Voices of Community

Floating
Breathing, Exploring
Feeling, Observing, Appreciating

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
A poem (untitled)
Karen Pilman
Voices of Community

You are rearranging the furniture in my soul.

Of course, I gave you the key to let Yourself in

whenever You wanted,

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Is a Centering Prayer support group needed?
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have a long practice of Centering Prayer, having begun sometime in the late 1980s with a group that met weekly for about 12 years when our facilitator, a priest, was transferred to another parish.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Holy Manure
Gregor Sneddon
Voices of Community

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.

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey, Father Thomas Keating
Yet Still
Bridget Robinson
Voices of Community

And what do I know through all of this?

Is God truly to be trusted?

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
The Lesson of the Leaves
Sandra McKnight
Voices of Community

Are we not like the leaves?

While living, the leaf is part of the tree

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
On the Method of Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

I am an Episcopalian practicing Christian meditation, and find myself agonizing about technique, being somewhere between Father Keating and John Main.

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Centering Prayer
Unloading and Evacuation of Emotions
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

There is a female inmate in a weekly Centering Prayer group I facilitate who is afraid of doing Centering Prayer on a daily basis because she believes she would be stuffing all her feelings again. She has been there for almost two years and is present every week! I promised her I would clarify this with you. It will mean so much for her - and for me!

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Source and Silence
Peter Traben Haas
Voices of Community

"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 said.
 

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Contemplative Service in Hospice
Noreen Tillotson
Voices of Community

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.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
The Role of Purgatory
Fr. Carl J. Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

I have a question on Purgatory......my hope has always been that to suffer here and experience death is enough ... however our Church teaches differently. I would like to know Fr. Carl's views on this subject.

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
Silent Visits from God
Karen D'Attilo
Voices of Community

sometimes silence creates loud noises in the heart, and sounds off in the
brain with chaotic patterns making us our own worst enemy...

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey

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