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Practice Centering Prayer Group
Saturdays, 8:00-9:00am via Zoom
Study and share in how this ancient form of Christian contemplative prayer speaks, silently, to the deepest parts of ourselves yearning for an intimate connection with God.
Father Thomas Keating once commented on an article that spoke of the blissfulness attained through Centering Prayer with… “Maybe in the beginning!” He knew that the purpose of this contemplative form of prayer wasn’t simply relaxation or spiritual consolation. Centering Prayer is a meaningful practice meant to deepen our relationship with God. A relationship nurtured in the deepest silence within our hearts. And nurturing this relationship inevitably includes wrestling with what we want (or programs for happiness) versus what God wants for us (us healed to bring love and oneness forward). Your primary Centering Prayer practice happens daily, in solitude, however, coming together each week with this group helps you explore the questions that arise through hearing of the experiences of others. Participating in a group also helps strengthen your consistency in daily practice. All levels of experience, including beginners, are encouraged and invited to join us.
For more information and Zoom log-in credentials contact Janice.
Facilitator of the Saturday Practice Centering Prayer Group: Teri Rose, OblSB
Teri is a Benedictine Oblate of St Paul’s Monastery. She was introduced to Centering Prayer 25 years ago in college. However, she didn’t begin practicing at that time, choosing to explore Eastern meditations instead. She continued this exploration, and absence from her Catholic upbringing, until three years ago when she again picked up Father Keating’s “Open Mind, Open Heart” (a book she has carried with her these 25 years). This time a line stuck out that began to change everything: “If you keep up this practice every day for several months, you will know whether or not it is right for you. There is no substitute for the practice of doing it.” Teri took this direction and, within those several months, finally knew her full circle search for a deeper relationship with God led her right back to her own Christian tradition.
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