Contemplative Spirituality

Contemplative spirituality can be defined as a life of faith in interior submission to God and pervading all one's motivations and behavior; a life of prayer and action prompted by the inspirations of the Holy Spirit; a disposition not limited to devotional practices, rituals, liturgy, or other particular acts of piety or service to others, but rather the catalyst that integrates, unifies and directs all one's activities. Gerald May, M.D., expresses it this way: "The Christian expression is in the two great commandments: to love God with one’s whole self and to love one’s neighbor as oneself. Theologically, spirituality is our desire for love’s fulfillment which, in turn, is our response to God’s loving us first (1 Jn 4:19). We participate in the divine love that created us "so that we might seek God" (Acts 17:27). Further, the Christian contemplative tradition views God as always active in our lives, inviting, drawing and empowering us towards deepening love. ... In a Christian context, because we "live and move and have our being" in God (Acts 17:28), being present to things as they are involves encountering the Christ who "fills the whole creation" (Eph. 1:23). In other words, Christian contemplation means finding God in all things and all things in God. Brother Lawrence, the 17th century Carmelite friar, called it "the loving gaze which finds God everywhere.""

A Rising Tide of Silence - Digital Options Available

Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of Silence DVD

Photographer and author Peter C. Jones makes a noteworthy debut with his reflective portrait of his uncle, Father Thomas Keating, one of today's most influential living spiritual leaders. Interweaving historical footage, biographical documentation, interviews with friends and colleagues, and extensive conversations with Father Keating himself, the film traces a fascinating personal and spiritual life.


God is All in All - DVD

God is All in All

God is All in All                                

“One God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.” –Ephesians 4:6 (NAB)

2 DVD Set
Filmed at the 2012 Contemplative Outreach annual conference in Snowmass Colorado, which celebrated the spiritual bond between St. Benedict’s Monastery and Contemplative Outreach.



A Borderless Practice: The Interspiritual Invitation of Centering Prayer

Voices of Community

... But how does such a diverse group of people come together in union when there are so many distinctions and differences of thought and mind? Because Centering Prayer is “non-conceptual”, during our twenty minute silent sit, we don’t cling to our cherished concepts and beliefs about God, but rather sink into the naked and immediate heart of God as the Ultimate Mystery, always just outside the reach of the mind’s grasp. ...

A Closer Walk with God during Lockdown

Q&A with Fr. Carl J. Arico

I have one - desperate - question. In the current lockdown I am led to believe from the book 40 Days to a Closer Walk with God [from David Muyskens] that I can discover this God within me by reading and silence. I now have time to do this. Do I need a spiritual director or will I be able to discover radical change in 40 days without one. I've done this before and I really need it to work this time.



Sat, 09 May 2020
1 days
Eastern US

Centering Prayer and the Way of Unknowing

"God is not found in the soul by adding anything, but by a process of subtraction."
Meister Eckhart

Join this 1.5 hour Zoom session on Saturday May 9th, 9:00-10:30am Eastern (New York) Time and explore:

Opening to God in the "negative way"
Centering Prayer and "letting go" by way of subtraction
The ultimate mystery and intimacy of God
Uncertainty and unknowing, finding peace in not knowing

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Keith Kristich
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