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The Sacred Word in Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have found it difficult to use just one word as I meditate. A simple 3-word phrase - that resonates strongly with me - is most comfortable for me. Is it appropriate to use a phrase and not a single word?

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Intention, Mindfulness, and Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: Our Centering Prayer group got into a discussion about 'mindfulness,' which I understand to have to do with attentive presence, awareness, being in the present, etc. The question arose, "What is the relationship between 'mindfulness' and 'intention,' as we use the latter in our Centering Prayer practice?

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
The Sacred Word
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: I know my sacred word is not a mantra. It is for me to use to express my intention of attending during my prayer time and I am to return to it when I find myself caught by some distraction.

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Centering Prayer, Father Thomas Keating
A Shift in Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  I have been doing Centering Prayer for many years.  Have found it useful at 3:00AM when St. Teresa of Avila says Imagination is the fool of the House.  This morning I sat in my chair and started with my sacred word Abba. Immediately I heard...

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
The Jesus Prayer and Centering Prayer
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Can you tell me similarities or differences between what happens in 'The Jesus Prayer' where the mind moves into the heart leading to the Hesychast experience, and Centering Prayer? ...

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Centering Prayer, Contemplative Spirituality
Stillness and Centering Prayer
Richard R Hawkins
Voices of Community

The Rock – a living relationship with Christ
Jesus urges his followers to build on rock and not on sand (Mt. 7.24 – 27).   In South Africa we have some unfortunate experiences with Rural Development Project housing...

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Lessons
Deb Neal Johnston
Voices of Community

The Real  only comes to some-
to those listening. To those who
can endure the fathomless silence,
starting first in your core, then spreading throughout the room, through
shut windows.

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Contemplative Spirituality, Spiritual Journey
What a Difference a Word Makes
Reva Freeman
Voices of Community

"Consent" or "surrender-accept."

“Consent to God’s presence and action within.”

Sometimes I hear something so often that I cease to actually hear what it says.

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey
Contemplative Outreach South Africa: On Our Regional Retreat and the Passing of Nelson Mandela
Hilary Tyghe
Voices of Community

On the first night Brian, our co-ordinator, asked how each of us were. We all seemed to be in need of rest – both physically and spiritually. He gave us a question from the booklet - “what is of value to you in your life, and what is chaff?”  We would reflect on this in the privacy of our hermitage. We ended the evening with Lectio Divina.

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Centering Prayer, Spiritual Journey, Retreats
The Difference Between Centering Prayer, Contemplative Prayer, and Meditation
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q:  Please advise on the different between Centering Prayer, contemplative prayer and meditation.

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Centering Prayer
Centering Prayer and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Fr. Carl Arico
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

Q: What do you recommend for people who suffer from OCD?

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Centering Prayer
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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

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