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Centering Prayer

 

centering-prayer

Be still and know that I am God. –Psalm 45

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Support Groups and Teaching in Centering Prayer/Meditation
Saturday mornings
9:00 – 11:00 am in Cowley Hall

This is an open and ongoing group offering support to persons committed to Centering Prayer or some form of meditation. It provides introduction and continuing spiritual formation. From 9:00 to 10:00 am, there are two 20-minute prayer periods, with a meditative walk between them. There is reflection on the experiences, difficulties, benefits of this prayer. From 10:00 to 11:00 am, there is instruction and discussion. Video and audio tapes on some aspects of prayer/meditation and the spiritual journey are used, as well as a variety of teachers and spiritual guides.

 

Suggested Reading for Centering Prayer/Christian Meditation/Lectio Divina:

Thomas Keating — Open Mind, Open Heart, 1986 (Contemplative Dimension of Gospel)
Cynthia Bourgeault — Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, 2004; The Wisdom Way of Knowing, 2003
Basil Pennington — Centering Prayer, 1979; Lectio Divina, 1998
Anonymous — The Cloud of Unknowing
James Finley — The Contemplative Heart, 2000
Lawrence Freeman — John Main: Essential Writings, 2002
Bede Griffiths — A New Vision of Reality, 1989
Thelma Hall — Too Deep for Words: Rediscovering Lectio Divina, 1988
John Main — Word Into Silence, 1980; The Present Christ, 1991
Thomas Merton — Contemplative Prayer, 1971 (and other writings)
Guinilla Norris — Sharing Silence, 1992
Henry Nouwen — Out of Solitude, 1974 (and other writings)
Ronald Rolheiser — The Holy Longing, 1999
Laura Swan — The Forgotten Desert Mothers, 2001
Evelyn Underhill — Practical Mysticism (and other writings)