Sunday, November 29, 2015



Contemplative prayer is the world in which God can do anything. To move into that realm is the greatest adventure. It is to be open to the Infinite and hence to infinite possibilities. Our private, self-made worlds come to an end; a new world appears within and around us and the impossible becomes an everyday experience.
 -- Thomas Keating in Open Mind, Open Heart

Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina as taught by Father Thomas Keating is an excellent method for entering the glorious stillness which leads to our awakening.  Many people have been discovering this new world since Father Keating’s books began to gain popularity toward the end of the twentieth century.  From the Contemplative Outreach website here is a very brief introduction to 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.”

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