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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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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
Heavenly Father, Thank you for the gift of life and the gift of eternal life with you. Thank you for the gift of Thomas his love for you and his willingness to share you with others we have been blessed by his teachings. Please guide and bless all the lives he touched and blessed. Be with those who mourn and they will be comforted. In Jesus name Amen Happy Camp California
I never met Fr. Thomas in person but I have been trained by one of his students in Centering Prayer through Bro. Lawrence. I rejoice for myself and for so many in our world who are practicing daily centering prayer. It is truly a gift of the Spirit for our world!
Today is all saint's day. Today I heard about Fr. Keating's passing. Today I know he is rejoicing with all the saints in heaven and on earth! The past month I have been listening to Fr. Thomas Keating's teachings and have been trying to share some of his wisdom with my students at the University of the Incarnate Word and the different places I have been invited to speak. We are practicing centering prayer which is transforming our lives. The fruits of Fr. Keating's life are and will conti... Read more
Many yrs ago....just out of seminary,I went to hear Fr Thomas Keating speak on prayer at St Marks Cathedral in Seattle....I didnt know what to expect ....Fr Thomas talked about contemplative prayer.....which caused me great frustration. I went to him after his lecture and voiced my frustration....he smiled at me and said "you are right where you are suppose to be"...my response was...no Im not....that why I'm here ...to find out how to pray. Fr Thomas smiled and said "Timothy, you are right w... Read more
Dear Father Thomas, When I discovered "Open Mind, Open Heart," I was recovering from many long months of tragic deaths in my family, leaving me with anger and resentment against God since everyone looked to me for strength. No longer speaking to God, I kept my prayer time faithful but in stubborn silence, refusing even to think. Then I found your book and discovered that I had experienced it all. The rest is history: c.p. retreats, presenter training, meetings, prayer groups, travels, jai... Read more
Like others who never met Fr. Thomas personally, I feel as though I knew him because of his unforgettable voice on recordings and the wisdom of his writings. I'm especially remembering and giving thanks for the times when Mennonites and Catholics in northern Indiana met to listen to his recorded teachings and then practice centering prayer together -- what a gift for our ecumenical friendship! For this path of quiet prayer and the healing and transformation it brings, I am deeply grateful. Ma... Read more
Dear One, I have never had the pleasure of meeting you but your voice has been a wonderful friend and your books treasured companions these past few years. Like many others, you transformed my life with the practice of Centering Prayer, which was clearly instructed and guided by our local chapter using your resources. I can truly say I feel closer to God than ever before and genuinely and truly happy since immersing myself in Centering Prayer twice a day. As time goes on, it is easier to allow ... Read more
Our sorrow is too deep for words. We will be ever grateful for the personal times we shared with you out at Snowmass. You were the cherry on the top of our Spiritual Journey. Always encouraging us to seek and find. IZZY. You radiated God's Love to us with every encounter. You will be forever in our hearts and mind. We love you, Thomas. Joe and Nikki Murphy West Chester, Pa.

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