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The Secret Embrace

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part One The Secret Embrace Wednesday, October 21, 2020 Before being born into the world of time, The silence of pre-existence was all absorbing. The transition from eternity to time Is full of sufferings, fears, and little deaths. But, in the transition from death To eternal life, The silence of… Continue Reading The Secret Embrace

The Sound of Silence

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part One The Sound of Silence Tuesday, October 20, 2020 The silence of the Creator is thunderous, Drowning out everything else, And hiding in endless creativity. —Thomas Keating, “Out of a Stone” One of Thomas Keating’s greatest legacies will surely be his development and teaching of Centering Prayer, a Christian… Continue Reading The Sound of Silence

A Poetic Legacy

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part One A Poetic Legacy Monday, October 19, 2020 Can the Creator of all lure poetry out of a stone? Or cause a stirring of Divine Love in a human heart? All is possible for the Creator of all, Who loves to manifest the impossible In endless configurations. —Thomas Keating,… Continue Reading A Poetic Legacy

A Christian Contemplative

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part One A Christian Contemplative Sunday, October 18, 2020 I first met Father Thomas Keating (1923–2018) in 2002 when he came to Albuquerque to speak at a conference on Centering Prayer [1] with me. I knew of his work and of Contemplative Outreach, the organization he had founded, but our… Continue Reading A Christian Contemplative

Inner Unity

Being Peaceful Change Inner Unity Sunday, July 26, 2020 Before you speak of peace, you must first have it in your heart. —Francis of Assisi Generations of Christians seem to have forgotten Jesus’ teachings on nonviolence. We’ve relegated visions of a peaceful kingdom to a far distant heaven. We hardly believed Jesus could have meant… Continue Reading Inner Unity

The Wisdom of Contemplation

Mind, Body, Heart The Wisdom of Contemplation Wednesday, February 19, 2020 We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words. But this is only one expression. . . . Prayer is the opening of mind and heart—our whole being—to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Through grace we open our… Continue Reading The Wisdom of Contemplation

Divine Therapy

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part Two Divine Therapy Sunday, December 15, 2019 Step Six: Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. Step Seven: Humbly asked God to remove our shortcomings. [1] Thomas Keating (1923–2018), one of the founders of Contemplative Outreach which promotes the practice of Centering Prayer, explained how meditation is… Continue Reading Divine Therapy

Accountability Is Sustainability

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One Accountability Is Sustainability Friday, December 13, 2019 Step Five: Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. [1] So confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another, and this will cure you. —James 5:16 Both Christianity and the Twelve Steps… Continue Reading Accountability Is Sustainability

Help from a Higher Power

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One Help from a Higher Power Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Step Two: Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. [1] Yes, we are carrying our own death warrant with us, but it is teaching us not to rely on ourselves, but on a God whose… Continue Reading Help from a Higher Power

The Spirituality of Powerlessness

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One The Spirituality of Powerlessness Monday, December 9, 2019 I believe that Jesus and the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are saying the same thing but with different vocabulary: We suffer to get well. We surrender to win. We die to live. We give it away to keep it. This counterintuitive wisdom… Continue Reading The Spirituality of Powerlessness

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