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

November e-bulletin


November 2019



“The Word of God was always present beyond time. In the incarnation, He became present in time. He enfolds us, therefore, both within the temporal sphere and beyond it, at one and the same time.” 

Thomas Keating, The Heart of the World

by Rainer Maria Rilke

The leaves are falling, falling as from far
Where distant with’ring gardens grace the skies,
Theyr’e falling with a gesture that denies.

And in the nights the heavy earth falls by
Into the loneliness, from a far star.

We all are falling. This hand falls, as it extends.
And take a look at others. It’s in them all.

And yet there’s One, holding this fall
With endless gentleness in both his hands.

 To read the complete bulletin follow the link  https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/november-e-bulletin?e=9aa0837e74

Overview of Retreats November 2019 – September 2020


Contemplative Outreach Dublin –Overview of Retreats November 2019 – September 2020

Further details and booking information on our Retreat Page

November 9th-10th, 2019.

A Merton Retreat

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin


Nov 30th-Dec 1st, 2019

An Advent Retreat

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin


Saturday December 7th, 2019

An Advent Retreat Day

Time: 10 a.m. – 3:00 P.M.

with Sr. Fionnuala Quinn

at the Margaret Alyward Centre, Glasnevin, Dublin


February 22nd – 23rd, 2020.

Living and growing with Parkinson’s

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin

March 21st -22nd, 2020

The Gift of Life:

Life and Living; Death and Dying.

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin

March 30th – April 3rd, 2020

The Gift of Life:

Death and Dying, Life and Living

Centering Prayer Retreat

Facilitators: Fionnuala Quinn O.P. and Lesley Ann O’ Connor

Kylemore Abbey, Benedictine Monastery

Connemara‎, ‎County Galway, Ireland

May 16th-17th, 2020

A Silent Weekend

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin

June 7th–13th, 2020

That We May Be One (Christian Non – Duality)

Centering Prayer

Facilitators: Fionnuala Quinn O.P. & Suzanne Ryder RSM

Star of the Sea, Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo.


June 21st-26th, 2020

Heartfulness Retreat: Transformation in Christ

5 Day silent retreat

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin

June 28th – July 3rd, 2020

Centering Prayer as Practice and Process

Facilitators: Fionnuala Quinn O.P. and Lesley Ann O’ Connor

Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork,

July 5th-10th, 2020

An Intensive Silent Week of Centering Prayer 5 Day silent retreat

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin


August 23rd-28th ,2020

God is Love: The Heart of All Creation
5 Day silent retreat

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc.

Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin

September 19th – 20th, 2020

Healing and Spirituality (The Twelve Steps)

Facilitated by Denis Gleeson cfc. Emmaus Swords Co. Dublin

October E-bulletin

October 2019
“Anyone who commits themselves to the transformative process [of Centering Prayer] is changing the world more than they could by any other activity, but they’ll have activities recommended to them by the Spirit, if they’re called to it.”

Thomas Keating ,God is LoveThe Heart of All Creation – Companion Book
Brief Contemplative Lessons from Meister Eckhart by LJ Milone

Meister Eckhart was a Dominican friar who lived in fourteenth-century Germany. He was a contemplative engaged in preaching and teaching.  When he preached, his sermons were subtle and sublime. But he ran afoul of suspicious church authorities and had to submit to the Inquisition. The Inquisition never condemned Eckhart as a heretic, though it called some of his statements into question. 
Current scholars have worked to restore the Meister’s reputation. Thankfully, Meister Eckhart’s teachings are more available today than ever before. He has much to teach those who practice Centering Prayer and anyone seeking to live contemplatively.  Here are but three brief lessons. Read More >

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

August e-bulletin Contemplative Outreach

August 2019

If you want to practice love,
observe the opportunities that are right in front of your noses.”

Thomas Keating, The Mystery of Christ

A new live online course: Centering Prayer as a Way of Life
Monday, September 02 – Thursday, October 10  More than 30 years ago, in Open Mind, Open Heart, Fr. Thomas Keating wrote, “Contemplative prayer is a process of interior transformation, a conversion initiated by God and leading, if we consent to divine union. One’s way of seeing reality changes in this process. A restructuring of consciousness takes place which empowers one to perceive, relate and respond to everyday life with increasing sensitivity to the divine presence in, through and beyond everything that happens.”In this, the third offering of this year’s trilogy on Centering Prayer, we will explore how the practice of Centering Prayer evolves into a surrendered life of inner peace and equanimity despite the busy and often tumultuous circumstances of daily life in the 21st century.
Read more >
 You can read the complete bulletin at               https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/august-e-bulletin?e=[UNIQID]

July e-bulletin

The Spirit is present to our inmost being all the time,
inviting us to let go of our self-centered projects
and to allow the Spirit to be the source of our actions at every level.”

Thomas Keating, Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit

by John O’ Donohue
From To BlessThe Space Between Us

On the day
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
To balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
The gray window
And the ghost of loss
Gets into you,
May a flock of colors,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life.

To read the full e-bulletin go to     https://mailchi.mp/coutreach/july-e-bulletin?e=9aa0837e74

June E-bulletin

June 2019

If we drink a cup of soup or walk down the street,
it is Christ living and acting in us,
transforming the world from within.”

Thomas Keating, The Mystery of Christ


New YouTube Resources:


Living Ordinary Life with Extraordinary Love, by Thomas Keating This is a record of Fr. Thomas’ keynote address at the 2004 CO Annual Conference in Toronto. The theme of the conference was “Finding Peace at the Center: A Contemplative Response.”

+ The Divine Therapy, Part 1: Lectio Divina, with Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler

This and also parts 2 and 3 below were one video in a series titled “Transformation in Christ.https://youtu.be/Fs_phIv1c-0

+The Divine Therapy, Part 2: The Human Condition, with Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler https://youtu.be/83lMWZ2Dyuk
+The Divine Therapy, Part 3: Q and A Session with Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler https://youtu.be/79GJEKu3UDM

+ Parable of the Great Banquet: Luke 14: 15-24, by Thomas Keating This is a recording of Fr. Thomas’ homily from the mass at the 2002 CO Annual Conference in Nashville, TN.  https://youtu.be/WifqW1Z-fvY

At Fr. Thomas’ request, we are going back to the basics and posting here  “Model of the Human Condition,” the first of six hour-long talks that are Part 2 of the Spiritual Journey series. This is the second half of the third talk: The Pre-Rational Energy Centers.
Listen here >


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