May E-Bulletin

May 2020

“Silence is not just silence or emptiness or nothingness but … the best preparation there is because then there’s no obstacle. And God’s love – since it’s so pervasive – just comes in, like the weather, and like it fills any empty space.”

Thomas Keating, God is Love,The Heart of All Creation

 

  A Borderless Practice:
  The Interspiritual Invitation of Centering Prayer

  By Keith Kristich

 

 

 

 In the weekly Centering group I have led for the last seven years, it has been my joy to find conservatives and progressives,   Evangelicals,  Catholics, Episcopalians, and fundamentalists gathered in union to open to the mystery of God. It has also been my joy to    welcome practitioners of Buddhism, spiritual seekers, and in particular, two close friends of the Jewish faith.
 
But how does such a diverse group of people come together in union when there are so many distinctions and differences of thought and mind? Because Centering Prayer is “non-conceptual”, during our twenty minute silent sit, we don’t cling to our cherished concepts and beliefs about God, but rather sink into the naked and immediate heart of God as the Ultimate Mystery, always just outside the reach of the mind’s grasp. Read more>

 

 

Lectio Divina in Moments of Crisis
with Leslee Terpay

Q: How can Lectio Divina help us during this time of Covid-19?
 

Read Leslee’s response here.

 

More resources:

 

Have questions? Submit your questions about your Centering Prayer practice, the spiritual journey and the contemplative life to any of our contributors by emailing isabelle@coutreach.org.

An archive of all Q&A’s may be found here.

 

See the complete e-bulletin here  https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/may2020-e-bulletin?e=9aa0837e74

 

E-bulletin from Contemplative Outreach April 2020

April 2020
“God is totally committed to the transformation of each of us into Godself.”

Thomas Keating, From the Mind to the Heart

“Oneness: The Secret Embrace”
Zoom Video Conference with
Cynthia Bourgeault

April 30 – May 2, 2020 
Free and open to all
(suggested donation of $35 USD)Offered in partnership with Contemplative Outreach of South Africa, this Zoom-video conference will be held from April 30th to May 2nd from about 12:30pm GMT/2:30pm South Africa Time/ 8:30am Eastern  (New York) Time each day and will include Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, teachings from Cynthia, and the opportunity to submit questions via the Zoom chat feature. Each day will be about two hours long and participants are free to come and go as need be. The conference will be recorded and made available to all at a later date. 

Cynthia will unpack Thomas Keating’s emerging final vision of Oneness: a state of consciousness/selfhood, oneness among the religions and oneness in our fragile and embattled world. Paul calls this becoming a “New Creation”.
 

“For Christians, it is to be a kind of fifth Gospel:
to become the word of God and to manifest God … empty of self and full of God”
– Thomas Keating, The Human Condition

 

Register here

The Welcoming Prayer in Moments of Crisis
With Mary DwyerQ: How can the Welcoming Prayer help us during this time of Covid-19?

  • Read Mary’s response here.
  • Watch a live Welcoming Prayer experiential session with Mary in the Meditation Chapel here.

More resources:

  • 30-minute experiential Welcoming Prayer practice twice a week in the Meditation Chapel. Find more information in the “New in the Meditation Chapel” section below.
  • Contemplative Life Program (CLP) booklet on the Welcoming Prayer available through the Contemplative Outreach Bookstore.
  • Welcoming Prayer Playlist on our YouTube channel.
  • Live Welcoming Prayer online course will be offered this Fall through Spirituality and Practice.     

THE UNBROKEN
By Rashani Read

There is a brokenness
out of which comes the unbroken,
a shatteredness
out of which blooms the unshatterable.
There is a sorrow
beyond all grief which leads to joy
and a fragility
out of whose depths emerges strength.
There is a hollow space too vast for words
through which we pass with each loss,
out of whose darkness we are sanctioned into being.
There is a cry deeper than all sound
whose serrated edges cut the heart
as we break open
to the place inside which is unbreakable
and whole
while learning to sing.

Read the full e-bulletin here   https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/april2020-e-bulletin?e=9aa0837e74

Oneness: The Secret Embrace Thomas Keating’s final gift to the world.Global Zoom Conference featuring Cynthia Bourgeault

Oneness:  The Secret Embrace
Thomas Keating’s final gift to the world
April 30 – May 2, 2020

Cynthia Bourgeault will unpack Thomas Keating’s emerging final vision of Oneness. He saw it as a state of consciousness/selfhood, oneness among the religions and oneness in our fragile and embattled world. Paul calls this becoming a “New Creation”.

Just by living and growing in consciousness, we are becoming, growing in God’s Self, in God’s presence, in God-consciousness. The ultimate consciousness is total Oneness in which God is all in all.

“For Christians, it is to be a kind of fifth Gospel: to become the word of God and to manifest God … empty of self and full of God”
– Thomas Keating, The Human Condition

Offered in partnership with Contemplative Outreach of South Africa, this Zoom-video conference will be held from April 30th to May 2nd from about 12:30pm GMT/2:30pm South Africa Time and 8:30am Eastern (New York) Time each day and will include Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, teachings from Cynthia, and the opportunity to submit questions via the Zoom chat feature.  Each day will be about two hours long and participants are free to come and go as need be. The conference will be recorded and made available to all at a later date.

The program is free and open to all.  A donation of $35 USD is suggested for the conference and all donations are gratefully accepted. Please register using the form below.

Copies of The Secret Embrace are available here in the online store.

*watercolor by Charlotte M. Frieze

Special e-bulletin March

March 2020

“The concerns, distractions, achievements, ambitions, and other human activities are often monumental, awesome, and frightening. And yet, compared to God’s plan, they are nothing at all. The contemplative vision perceives God even in the midst of disaster, turmoil, or personal failure. It never loses hope because its hope is not based on human events but on the divine goodness, which is infinitely powerful and infinitely merciful. …
 
“Time spent in waiting for God, or waiting upon God, or in doing nothing, is not lost time.
It is cultivating the attitude of acceptance of our whole being. Our inmost being does not have to prove itself because it is already infinitely loved. At the deepest level it is free, joyful, full of love, compassion and an awareness of the unity of all that exists.Thomas Keating, Consenting to God As God Is 

 

 

AN AT-HOME RETREAT

Scheduling an at-home retreat is a great alternative to attending a directed retreat.
Here are a few suggestions:
 

  • Even a short time apart makes a difference. Block 1/2 a day, a full day, a weekend, or longer. During this time, refrain or limit exposure to news, social media and other distractions.
  • Create a sacred environment by lighting a candle, setting up an altar with sacred objects, burning incense or other ways meaningful to you.
  • Create a daily schedule including multiple Centering Prayer sessions with a meditative walk.
  • Read a spiritual book, practice Lectio Divina, view enriching videos and journal. You can find suggestions in “Our Store” section below or more in our online store.
  • Surround yourself with beauty: Listen to sacred music, walk in nature, make art or engage your creativity in some way.
  • Rest. Take naps.  
  • Participate in online video prayer groups via The Meditation Chapel.
  • Email uswith your questions; we now have a full panel of Q&A facilitators to support you.

Let the Spirit lead you into your retreat day as it unfolds.

 

You can read the complete e-bulletin at    https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/mar2020-e-bulletin?e=9aa0837e74

Second Saturday postponed due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

 

Centering Prayer for the Second Saturday in March, is postponed due to the outbreak of Covid-19.

 

Mayo 1st Tuesday meetings

 

 

The Family Centre, Chapel Street, Castlebar . Mayo

 

Meeting: 1st Tuesday each month at 7:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. (except July, August and January. Facilitator Maura Flynn RSM

 

Contact: The Family Centre Phone: 094 9025900

Email:    infothefamilycentre.com

February e-bulletin

February 2020

“The work of Lent is to face the unconscious values that underlie
the emotional programs for happiness and to change them.
Hence the need of a discipline of contemplative prayer and action.” 

Thomas Keating, The Mystery of Christ

 

I have climbed up to the highest that is in me, and see,
the Word is far, far above.
I have plumbed my own depths,
and the Word was far deeper than that.
I have looked outward, I saw the Word far beyond.
I looked inward, the Word was further in still.
And now I know what I have read is true:
that in this One we live and move and have our being (Acts 17: 28).
But blessed is the one in whom [s]he has Divine being, who lives for God
and is moved by God

Bernard of Clairvaux, Sermon 74, Song of Songs

 

You can read the complete bulletin at  https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/february2020-e-bulletin?e=9aa0837e74

 

Second Saturday February 8th. Special Guest Speaker John F Deane

 

                                                

 

Special Guest Speaker John F Deane

One of Ireland’s most gifted and influential poets.

Come for Centering Prayer, Inspiration and hospitality.

Saturday, February 8, 2020. 10 a.m. – 12 noon        

Venue: The Pastoral Centre, Navan Rd. Dublin

Location: The Pastoral Centre is next door to Our Lady Help of Christians Church.

All are welcome

         

January E-bulletin

 

“Everyday is a new unfolding of our life in Christ.
Surprises are always happening.” 

Thomas Keating,                   The Mystery of Christ

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can read the complete e-bulletin at  https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/january2020-e-bulletin?e=9aa0837e74

 

The Sacred Breath
by Corey Krupowicz

Throughout most of my contemplative practice, the breath has been my natural access point into realms of Divine expansion. So much so that it has become my sacred symbol of consent during Centering Prayer.

Over the years, I have also studied and practiced many eastern breathing techniques and have found they are easily incorporated into my Centering Prayer practice as a way to embody and deepen relationship with the heart of the Divine. Read More>

December e-bulletin

 

“Now is the time of salvation …
Now is the time when the whole of divine mercy is available …
Now is the time to risk further growth.
The light of Christmas is an explosion of insight
changing our whole idea of God.” 

Thomas Keating, The Mystery of Christ

 

A Christmas Message from the Contemplative Outreach Staff
 


 

The theological foundation of Centering Prayer
is the Divine Presence in every member of the human family.

– Theological Principle #3

 

Every Monday, the staff of Contemplative Outreach gathers via Zoom video for our weekly staff meeting. We start our time with intercessory prayer and silence, praying for members of our community and others in need.  After this, we move into a time of Lectio Divina with one of the theological or administrative principles of Contemplative Outreach, and share what touched our hearts.  And then we move into the tasks of serving the community and each other, grounded in prayer and the principles that have guided this organism for over 30 years.
 
It is our deepest prayer that the Incarnation becomes a lived reality in each of your hearts this season – that the Incarnation continue in you, as you, and transform the heart of the world.
 

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

 

With joy,
Claire, Donna, Isabelle, Kathleen, Marie, Mary Anne, Pamela & Pat

 

To read the complete e-buletin go to  https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/december-e-bulletin?e=9aa0837e74