Father Thomas Keating Memorial Service — Center for Action and Contemplation

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Father Thomas Keating Memorial Service

Father Thomas Keating Memorial Service

It is with deep respect that we share the news of the passing of our beloved teacher and spiritual father, Thomas Keating. Fr. Thomas offered his most sacred and final act of letting go on Thursday, October 25, 2018, at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. He modeled for us the incredible riches and humility borne of a divine relationship that is not only possible but is already the fact in every human being. Such was his teaching, such was his life. His heart now shines diaphanously through all those who were, are, and will be touched by his example, even as it comes to rest at last in the very heart of Christ. Scroll down to see reflections on Fr. Keating’s life by CAC’s faculty, Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and James Finley.

The monastic community from St. Benedict’s Monastery joined Contemplative Outreach community for a memorial service in Denver, Colorado, on Friday, November 16, 2018, at 11:00 am. You can view or download the replay of the service below.

Donations may be made online:
Contemplative Outreach International
Contemplative Outreach of Colorado
Or by mail:
St Benedict’s Monastery
1012 Monastery Road
Snowmass, CO 81654
Please make checks payable to “St. Benedict’s Monastery.”

Video featured during the service: A Life Surrendered to Love

Please respect the privacy of St. Benedict’s Monastery and St. Joseph’s Abbey and do not call with questions.

Reflections From CAC Faculty

From Cynthia Bourgeault:

Fr. Thomas Keating and Cynthia Bourgeault

Thomas Keating has been my teacher, friend, and spiritual mentor for more than thirty years. It is he who laid the spiritual foundations of both my teaching and my practice and who launched me on my own path as a spiritual teacher and writer. He will be remembered as one of the giants of contemporary contemplative spirituality, not only for his groundbreaking work in Centering Prayer—which made contemplation truly accessible to Christian lay people for the first time—but also for the breadth and depth of his interspiritual vision, which kept growing in luminosity and compassion right up to his very last breath. I have never witnessed a more triumphant and powerful conscious death, modeling for us all the wingspan of spirit that can dwell in a life courageously and recklessly tossed to the winds of God.



From James Finley:

From Richard Rohr:

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