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Dear Centering Prayer friends,
Seminary of the Southwest, the venue at which we had planned to hold our United in Prayer Day (UiP), has just announced that it is closing its campus until March 29th in an effort to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The leadership of the Heart of Texas Chapter of Contemplative Outreach (HoTCO) has made the same decision to cancel the event for the same reason. Those of you who have already registered will be receiving an email soon with information regarding how to receive a refund.
It will be hard not being able to gather with you in person at UiP, but I want to emphasize that there are ways for us to participate as a contemplative community in this worldwide event which is dedicated this year to "Healing Divisions: whole-making in ourselves, our relationships and our world." Here are two very rich ways to participate:
Join the online Worldwide Silent Prayer Vigil
This 24-hour, worldwide silent prayer vigil will be hosted on March 20-21. All are welcome to sign-up for 30-minute prayer periods, either as individuals or in groups. Please sign-up on the Contemplative Outreach website here:
Organize your own in-home retreat 
Contemplative Outreach has created a sample schedule to assist you in planning an individual retreat. It is really good! I hope you will take a look at it. In addition to the suggested schedule, it provides scripture passages, prayers, and wisdom quotes supporting this year’s theme. Download the suggested individual schedule here:
My invitation for all of us is to create a future memory of gathering together next year at the 2021 United in Prayer Day. Our regular practice of Centering Prayer, of consenting to God's presence and action within, will sustain us and enrich us as we navigate the changing landscape of current events. As the quote from Father Thomas below reminds us, "The practice of silence allows God greater freedom to act in us as our interior life becomes freer from our predispositions and predetermined mindsets . . ."  Imagine a world freer from predispositions and predetermined mindsets!
The Meditation Chapel
The Meditation Chapel is a worldwide, Zoom-video enabled prayer community, where prayer groups meet at all hours of the day and night.  All are welcome to attend any prayer group listed on the chapel calendar.  It's another way to stay connected through an intentional community of prayer, peace and love.  Read more here. Get started here.
Many blessings to each of you and thank you for your contribution to Centering Prayer in our community.
Linda Whiteside, HotCO coordinator
"The awakening of the inner eye of faith is the awakening of the contemplative process.  You begin to see the Divine Presence in everything without effort – even when the necessities of daily life require your full attention.  When the inner eye of faith is thoroughly opened, it is a fairly permanent state of mind. You see everything as it is, but you also see it in its Source which is the presence of God. … To see God in everything, however hidden, is an enormous enhancement of the capacity of perception. … The practice of silence allows God greater freedom to act in us as our interior life becomes freer from our predispositions and predetermined mindsets. …"
- Thomas Keating, God is Love: The Heart of All Creation companion book
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