Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a receptive method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer - verbal, mental or affective prayer - into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Christ.

Special Event

Special Event
Date: 
Sun, 09 Jun 2019
Duration: 
3 days
Region: 
Eastern US

SPIRITUAL LEARNING WORKSHOP  
June 9th, 2019 @ 5:00 PM - June 11th, 2019 @ 2:00 PM

Are you curious about spiritual transformation?

Do you have a Centering Prayer practice? Or a receptive meditation practice?

Type: 
Workshop
Contact Name: 
Laura Willis
Contact Phone: 
9315985342

Centering Prayer as Purification, Illumination, Union

+Centering Prayer as Purification, Illumination, Union
June 3 – July 11, 2019
$79.95
partial scholarships available from Contemplative Outreach
facilitated by Pamela Begeman, Mary Anne Best and Julie Saad

Program description:

God is present to everything,
like the eye of a camera that sees everything
just as it is.
- Thomas Keating, Intimacy with God

For with you is the fountain of life,
… in your light we see light.

- Psalm 36: 10

The Centering Prayer Presenter Formation

The Centering Prayer Presenter Formation
Date: 
Mon, 03 Jun 2019
Duration: 
3 days
Region: 
Midwest US

Centering Prayer Presenter Formation

The prerequisites:

1. Faithful to a daily practice of Centering Prayer for at least 3 years

2. Recommended by your coordinator/contact person or a member of the Chapter Support Team if you do not have a coordinator - contact Jeff Renner  jeffrenner3@comcast.net

3. Attended a 5-10 day Centering Prayer Retreat or will attend during the presenter-in-training period. 

Type: 
Training
Contact Name: 
Carol Quest
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
651-699-5854

Experiencing Peace in Centering Prayer

Series: 
Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

People practicing Centering Prayer speak of experiencing a sense of peace. Can you please comment?

Q: People practicing Centering Prayer speak of experiencing a sense of peace. Can you please comment?

A: The word peace can have different meanings, but what does it mean in the context of Centering Prayer? During this Holy Week I am pondering this quote from the April edition of the Magnificat missal:

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Introducing Centering Prayer and the Practice of Silence to Young Adults

Series: 
Voices of Community

... At one point, we noted that we were all over 50, and many of us were 65 plus. We talked about the need to include young people in our Centering Prayer groups and about ways to introduce them to the practice of silence, which seemed especially important in this digital age with constant, instant feedback. ...

At the end of October 2018, we attended the first retreat at Snowmass after the passing of Fr. Thomas Keating and Abbot Joseph Boyle. The retreat began just five days after Fr. Thomas Keating died and three days after the monks of St Benedict’s buried their beloved Abbot. It snowed the evening we arrived and continued to snow almost every day. During the retreat it felt like we were enveloped in a protective cocoon of glistening whiteness with sunshine peeking through.

Tuning-in to Nature

Series: 
Voices of Community

If we take time to look and listen, nature provides space and oxygen to breathe, salve for our souls and encouragement for our spirits.  However, to access that bounty, there is a tuning-in process that requires entering a slower pace than that to which we are accustomed.  Tuning-in is not about looking at and appreciating nature, but actually experiencing it and in doing so, developing eyes to see and ears to hear the voice of the Divine cosmos. There are messages for us in Nature.  But how exactly does a person tune-in to receive those messages? 

If we take time to look and listen, nature provides space and oxygen to breathe, salve for our souls and encouragement for our spirits.  However, to access that bounty, there is a tuning-in process that requires entering a slower pace than that to which we are accustomed.  Tuning-in is not about looking at and appreciating nature, but actually experiencing it and in doing so, developing eyes to see and ears to hear the voice of the Divine cosmos. There are messages for us in Nature.  But how exactly does a person tune-in to receive those messages? 

Centering Prayer Retreat

Centering Prayer Retreat
Date: 
Sun, 20 Oct 2019
Duration: 
5 days
Region: 
Eastern US

Contemplative Living

October 20–24, 2019 (Sun. to Thurs.)

Presenter: Mary Dwyer

This five-day retreat will explore how our contemplative practices shape our daily life. Contemplative Living is the call to bring the contemplative dimension of the Gospel into our every day, ordinary lives filled with ordinary activities.

How do we lead ordinary lives with extraordinary love?

Type: 
Retreat
Contact Name: 
Nicole Fedder - Program Director
Contact Phone: 
814-263-4855 between 9am and 4pm

Centering Prayer Weekend Retreat

Centering Prayer Weekend Retreat
Date: 
Fri, 04 Oct 2019
Duration: 
3 days
Region: 
Eastern US

Opening to God in Sound & Silence:
Bringing Chant into the Heart of Prayer

October 4-6, 2019 (Fri. to Sun.)

Presenter: Keith Kristich

Type: 
Retreat
Contact Name: 
Nicole Fedder - Program Director
Contact Phone: 
814-263-4855 between 9am and 4pm

Special Event

Special Event
Date: 
Sat, 15 Jun 2019
Duration: 
1 days
Region: 
Midwest US

Contemplative Outreach of St. Louis Celebrates its 30th Anniversary with fellowship, keynote speaker, Fr. Bill Sheehan, OMI, a luncheon, and brief history presented .  If you cannot be present please join us in spirit on June 15th.

For more information and to register, please see the flyer below under "Additional Information."

God Bless...

Type: 
Retreat
Contact Name: 
Bill Schwindt
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
3148252332

Welcoming Prayer Introductory Workshop

Welcoming Prayer Introductory Workshop
Date: 
Sat, 11 May 2019
Duration: 
1 days
Region: 
Southwest US

The Practice of Welcoming Prayer Workshop
May 11, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Seating is limited. Refreshments provided.

The Welcoming Prayer is a prayer practice of attending, letting go, and surrendering to God in the present moment of daily life. It is based on the teaching and wisdom of Fr. Thomas Keating and the 18th century workAbandonment to Divine Providence by Jean-Pierre de Caussade.
 
The workshop is presented by members of the Contemplative Outreach of Phoenix for those with a Centering Prayer practice. 

Type: 
Workshop
Contact Name: 
Sister M. Rachel Torrez
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
602-944-2728