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Centering Prayer



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


Silence is the language of the spirit. Centering prayer is a way of coming to our own center and finding the deep stillness that is there, within us. The Spirit dwells within our hearts and silence enables us to listen to the gentle movement and inspiration of the Spirit. In Centering Prayer — faithfully practiced — we can more easily put on the mind and heart of Christ.

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.

For more information, contact, Sr. Joan Tuberty, St. Olaf spiritual counselor, is available at 612-332-7471 or by email at:


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)