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Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two: Weekly Summary

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two Summary: Sunday, October 25—Friday, October 30, 2020 To begin this second week exploring Thomas Keating’s final poems, I offer a basic overview of the stages of spiritual development that Thomas so authentically modeled in his life and teaching. (Sunday) All emotional drama has dropped out, since there is… Continue Reading Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two: Weekly Summary

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part One: Weekly Summary

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part One Saturday, October 24, 2020 Summary: Sunday, October 18—Friday, October 23, 2020 I believe Thomas Keating showed great courage in heeding the call of the Second Vatican Council, “opening the windows” of the monastery, and offering Centering Prayer to the world. (Sunday) In this season of planetary upheaval, Thomas… Continue Reading Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part One: Weekly Summary

Simplicity: Weekly Summary

Simplicity Saturday, July 4, 2020 Summary: Sunday, June 28—Friday, July 3, 2020 As we grow spiritually, our lives become more and more centered and simple. There are only a few things that matter, and eventually really only one. (Sunday) Francis of Assisi truly experienced radical participation in God’s very life. Such practical knowing of his… Continue Reading Simplicity: Weekly Summary

Alternative Orthodoxy: Weekly Summary

Alternative Orthodoxy Sunday, February 2–Friday, February 7, 2020 Franciscan alternative orthodoxy has never bothered fighting popes, bishops, Scriptures, or dogmas. It just quietly but firmly pays attention to different things—like simplicity, humility, non-violence, contemplation, solitude and silence, earth care, nature and other creatures, and the “least of the brothers and sisters.” (Sunday) As part of our emphasis on orthopraxy over… Continue Reading Alternative Orthodoxy: Weekly Summary

The Field of Love

Science: Old and New The Field of Love Thursday, November 7, 2019 The physical phenomenon of quantum entanglement is a wonderful illustration of the interconnected nature of reality, both spiritual and material. Allow me to try to explain in layperson’s terms: In quantum physics, it appears that one particle of any entangled pair “knows” what… Continue Reading The Field of Love

The Perennial Tradition: Weekly Summary

The Perennial Tradition Summary: Sunday, August 11—Friday, August 16, 2019 If it is true, it is always from the one Holy Spirit. —Thomas Aquinas (Sunday) We are rediscovering the philosophia perennis, shared universal truth, and at a rather quick pace—God seems urgent at this point in our tragic history. (Monday) In every historical epoch and… Continue Reading The Perennial Tradition: Weekly Summary

Black Women Mystics: Weekly Summary

Black Women Mystics Summary: Sunday, July 28—Friday, August 2, 2019 God is present in everything. In the universe, in creation, in me and all that happens to me, in my brothers and sisters, in the church, and in the Eucharist—everywhere. —Thea Bowman (Sunday) When the word contemplation comes to my mind I want to think… Continue Reading Black Women Mystics: Weekly Summary

A Prayer for Living and Dying

Contemplation: Week 1 A Prayer for Living and Dying Thursday, December 13, 2018 A friend and former CAC Board Member, Susan Rush, has served many years on hospice and palliative care teams. She has also worked closely with Contemplative Outreach, an organization founded by Thomas Keating and others to renew the Christian contemplative tradition by… Continue Reading A Prayer for Living and Dying

Centering Prayer

Contemplation: Week 1 Centering Prayer Wednesday, December 12, 2018 My good friend Thomas Keating (1923–2018), who recently passed away, dedicated the last several decades of his life to inter-spiritual dialogue and to teaching Centering Prayer, which he developed with William Meninger and Basil Pennington. Keating explained this contemplative practice in this way: Centering Prayer is… Continue Reading Centering Prayer

Intention

Centering Prayer Intention Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Guest writer Cynthia Bourgeault continues exploring the contemplative practice of Centering Prayer. “Centering Prayer is not done with attention but with intention,” Thomas Keating repeatedly reminds us. Unlike other methods of meditation, Centering Prayer does not furnish an object for your attention—whether it be repeating a mantra, following… Continue Reading Intention

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