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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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My sincere christian condoleances to the people of St. Joseph abbey and to the community of coutreach aswell in Colorado as in the UK. to all who appreciated/ loved father Keating. Ten years ago i came across the spiritual conferences of father Keating. i got stuck ever since. His teachings were so wise, kind, and yet so humble, putting a smile on our faces at times…. He was an authority talking about religious/ spiritual matters, Always referring to a most loving God to all mank... Read more
My meetings and conversations with Fr.Thomas is a living treasure in my heart. For a year ago I sat with him last time, talking about faith and Christianity of today, about God and interfaith dialog. I brought him knitted glovess from Iceland with a pattern knitted in picturing the country Iceland. Once again he shared his story about his Icelandic nanny Selma in a way and spirit like she was there with us. So much love and gratefulness I felt connected to my home country through his love to Sel... Read more
Thank you, Father Thomas. The Centering Prayer and your teaching helped me tremendously to grow spiritually, and to become a better Christian and a better person.
I remember what Fr. Thomas Keating said when I visited Snowmass Monastery. When I visited the Monastery May 2010, I usually stayed at the bookstore and there I met him for sometimes after the first greeting. At that time Father was not in good condition, but he came out to find some books and we met. May he worried that I spend too much time to find books, and one day Father told me with eyes contact that "Concept is not important!" - that's all. I brought the words in my mind on my return... Read more
Thank you, Father Thomas, for your life and teaching. May you be incorporated into the arms of the Risen Christ, and may you take your place in the communion of the saints. And may we encounter your deathless presence in your writings and community that remain. -Desert Rain Community, Chaparral, New Mexico
God graced me with Fr. Keating after the market crash wiped out our lifetime savings from a 25 year law practice, my husband of 22 years died of oral cancer at 55 (same time), and within 3 month’s both our lifetime pets failed to thrive and passed on. Immobilized by sorrow and loss, I researched for a spiritual leader who had a full understanding of the human psyche. Never had I received in my 55 years of Catholicism, such comfort as when Fr Keating inimitably said (for the first time to... Read more
I had read a number of books by Fr Thomas and had practiced Centering Prayer for a couple of years when Fr Thomas came to Maine to speak in Bar Harbor. The talk was held in an open air tent on a lawn on cliffs above the Harbor. The combination of the beauty of the day and Fr Thomas’s words were a vehicle that for me, caused the world to stand still and God’s love to be so clear and evident unifying all of us listening to him. Thank you Fr Thomas. May you rest in the peace and the love that y... Read more
Chicago, Illinois.
When I opened my emails Friday morning and learned Fr. Thomas died the night before ( - or- was born into eternal life) a deep wave of sorrow came over me. I never met him, and only know him through his books, CD’s, DVD’s, and this course. But the sorrow was so intense I realized I was experiencing grief and mourning as if a close family member died. It lasted the whole day. I remember wondering, how long will this last, and wondering, is this how awful I will feel when my mother is calle... Read more
I have never in my life shed tears for someone who has died that I didn't know personally, however when I hear of Fr. Thomas Keating's death, I did so. I never had the opportunity to meet him, however through his books and videos, I seem to have developed a real relationship with him. It is truly amazing how many lives he has touched in such a deep way. May God grant him that final letting go. I pray for peace for all who will miss him, as I know I will.