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Centering Prayer Group

THE METHOD OF CENTERING PRAYER

                                     
By Fr. Thomas Keating        

Centering Prayer invites us to silent communion and consent to God indwelling within us. It seeks to fulfill the scriptural invitation, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10.

The method of centering prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with Jesus Christ.

LECTIO DIVINA

Listening to the Word of God in Scripture (Lectio Divina) is a traditional way of cultivating friendship with Christ. It is a way of listening to the texts of Scripture as if we were in conversation with Christ and He were suggesting the topics of conversation. The daily encounter with Christ and reflection on His word leads beyond mere acquaintanceship to an attitude of friendship, trust, and love. Conversation simplifies and gives way to communing. Gregory the Great (6th century) in summarizing the Christian contemplative tradition expressed it as “resting in God” This was the classical meaning of Contemplative Prayer in the Christian tradition for the first sixteen centuries.

Join us for Centering Prayer & Lectio Divina (Praying the Scriptures). We meet every Monday; 7-8:30 pm at the Education Building - Room 6.

FMI: lauriejanehoffman@yahoo.com

 

 

The Mystery of Christ

 

 

Lent & Human Condition

CENTERING PRAYER

Join us during Lent for Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina (Praying the Scriptures) and to study The Easter-Ascension Mystery section in the book The Mystery of Christ: The Liturgy as Spiritual Experience, by Fr. Thomas Keating, Cistercian monk and former Abbot.

Centering Prayer invites us to silent communion and consent to God dwelling within us. Lectio Divina is the most traditional way of cultivating friendship with Christ. It is a way of listening to the texts of scripture as if we were in conversation with Christ and He was suggesting the topics of conversation. It is listening with the ear of the heart.

We meet every Monday at the Education Building, Room #6, 7-8:30 pm.

Please call Laurie Hoffman @ 249-0861 for more information.

 

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