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For Thomas Keating: Your Prayers and Stories

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Share a prayer for Fr. Thomas Keating or a story about what he and his teachings have meant in your life.
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I will miss your humor and your wisdom. But I feel your loving presence will remain with us all.
My prayer life was radically changed along with my personal relationship with our ever present God when Fr. Keating came to teach Centering Prayer at the Franciscan Renewal Center. He loved us into a contemplative prayer process I had been longing for. My love and deep gratitude for his sweetness and sense of humor.
Thank you so much for your teachings, your warmth and your enthusiasm. I owe you so much. Thank you, Fr. Thomas! Dasha Queensland, Australia
I am so blessed having been introduced to Centering Prayer 18 years ago in Beaverton, Oregon. Fr. Keating, centering prayer has transformed my life, and I thank you and the other monks who were inspired by the Holy Spirit to share this prayer with us. The first time I met you in a small group and centered with you felt like I was close to God. Every time I wrote a note to you over the years to express my gratitude for you I was impressed that you sent back a note back to me of your own gratitud... Read more
I miss you from the very depths of my soul.You brought me back from lapsed faith and lit a fire of hope in my heart almost twenty years ago.Thank you.
I never met Father Thomas personally, but through his books and recordings, I have for the past 17 years been touched, inspired, strengthened, led, "met" by his clear loving wisdom, his deep humanity. Centering Prayer is the central axis of my life. Since his passing from this life, I feel with enormous gratitude his continued presence and guidance into intimacy with the heart of God.
I will miss Fr. Keating so much. I only this past year learned of his teachings and contemplative prayer. I am forever grateful for his teachings which have truly helped me through the grief of losing my only son and for helping me to find such peace and LOVE with Jesus through contemplative prayer. I am striving to become a better christian every day. God Bless you Father Keating. You taught me the true meaning of LOVE. Quincy, MA
I started Centering Prayer after reading Cynthia B' s book, and thought Fr Keating' s books too profound...until I was in the practice for a while and then found the Three books bound together and was profoundly affected by them. I started a monthly evening group last year and then after a five day Centering Prayer retreat with Carl, I felt called to start a daytime group in my parish. We just had our second session, I did a Welcome prayer retreat and then learned of father's passing into the L... Read more
Fr. Keating was a holy person to me. Today, I planted a gardenia in his remembrance. ♥
I have had the exquisite privilege of visiting with Fr. Thomas for many years and even living with him for a few. There are too many treasured memories to try and recount here. However, I would like to share what he told me over and over and over again, "Matthew, when you think you are getting worse, you are getting better." For years, I had little understanding of what he was trying to teach me, but by the grace of God, I think I am beginning to comprehend. After many years of trying to wor... Read more