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

Kylemore Abbey Retreat August

Kylemore Abbey Retreat                                                               



Transformation in Christ

Sunday, August 25th – Wednesday, August 28th 2019

Inspired by the desire to renew and share Christian Contemplative Prayer, Fr. Thomas Keating OCSO., founded Contemplative Outreach in 1984.

In the contemplative atmosphere of Kylemore Abbey, this silent retreat offers the retreatant a deep immersion in the silence of Centering Prayer and will feature DVD’s of Fr. Thomas, speaking on such topics as The Pursuit of Happiness, The Human Condition, The Divine Indwelling, etc.

The retreat will be enhanced, by the unique opportunity to join the daily Offices of the Benedictine Community of sisters who reside at Kylemore, with Eucharist, and the opportunity for soul accompaniment with retreat facilitators.

Facilitators: Fionnuala Quinn O.P. Coordinator of Contemplative Outreach Dublin, and Lesley-Ann O’Connor who currently serves on the global team for Contemplative Outreach.

Time: Arrival is from 3 p.m. Sunday, August 25th Prayer of Vespers with the Kylemore Community at 6 p.m. followed by supper and opening of the retreat. The retreat will complete at lunchtime, Wednesday, August 28th 2019.

Accommodation: Single ensuite rooms in (Notre Dame building), Kylemore Abbey

Spaces are limited.


€ 450 euro.

Resident participants: In order to register, a non-refundable deposit of € 100 is required.

Non-resident participants: €100 plus cost of any meals taken at Kylemore Abbey. Registration is required, but no deposit.

Please register with

Mary Carroll, Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Co. Galway H91 VR90

or email: mary@kylemoreabbey.ie

phone: 095 52011;

cheques payable to The Kylemore Trust



May e-bulletin.

God is present to everything,
like the eye of a camera
that sees everything
just as it is.”

April E-bulletin

March e-bulletin

“Lent is the season in which the church as a whole enters into an extended retreat. Jesus went into the desert for forty days and forty nights. The practice of Lent is a participation in Jesus’ solitude, silence and privation.” Thomas Keating, The Mystery of Christ   A Lenten Invitation     To honor this season […]

February e-bulletin from Contemplative Outreach

Celebrating the gifts of Spiritual Journey:The gift of Fr Thomas and the gifts of Centering Prayer  You can celebrate this 27th annual worldwide day of prayer in theseways: Attend a local group retreat. Check these local websites for event information. Here is a sample schedule to assist planning for a group retreat. Download Group Schedule Organize your […]

Remembering our dear friend Rev Robert Lawson.

  Second Saturday, March 9th 2019   Time 10 – 12 noon. Our Lady Help of Christians Pastoral Centre. Navan Road. At our Centering Prayer gathering in March we will be remembering our dear friend Rev Robert Lawson. Centering Prayer,  prayer Service for Robert, with his family, hospitality. There is an optional opportunity for anyone […]