April 2014

courtesy of Ron Barnett

"… God is more us than we are."
Thomas Keating, as recorded in the worldwide teleconference on March 18, 2014, with Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler and Fr. Carl Arico.
Listen or download the free recording.


The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living Retreat
August 8-15, 2014

Wisdom House, Litchfield, CT
with Mary Anne Best & Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler
Email for information and to register:


Save the Date:  The annual conference of Contemplative Outreach Ltd will be September 25-28, 2014, Deauville Resort Hotel, Miami Beach, Florida, "Celebrating 30 Years of Grace & Gratitude." Registration begins May 1.  More information can be found here.

Find a Retreat:  A full list of retreats can be found on our online calendar, including Lectio Divina, Welcoming Prayer and special events.  The calendar is updated weekly.  You can also find events listed on these various local Contemplative Outreach websites.

Q&A with Fr. Carl Arico

Fr. Carl Arico

Q: What do you think about doing Centering Prayer while wearing a biofeedback device such as an emWave ...? 
A:  Read Fr. Carl's response.
See the archive of previous Q&A’s.  Please submit your questions about contemplative practices, the spiritual journey and the contemplative life to Fr. Carl by emailing Pamela Begeman.

New Centering Prayer Mobile App

The new free Centering Prayer mobile app for iPhones and iPads is now available in the iTunes store. You can preview it here or find it/download it by searching 'Centering Prayer' in the iTunes store. The app is primarily a timer to support your daily Centering Prayer practice but also includes sound choices and opening and closing prayers to use before and after your time in silence.  Please rate it/review it if you already have it!



Keep your Practice and God will do the Rest.  One of our friends in the Contemplative Outreach Facebook group posted this wisdom quote: "Solitude and Silence are not, in the end, about success and failure. They are about showing up and letting God do the rest. They are not an end in themselves; they are merely a means through which we regularly make ourselves available to God for the intimacy of relationship and for the work of transformation that only God can accomplish."  - Ruth Haley Barton 

Our friends at Spirituality & Practice wrote this wonderful review of the new film, "The Rising Tide of Silence," featuring the life and teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating.  View the Review.  View the trailer.
Unfortunately, we don't know yet when DVDs of this film will be offered for sale in our store.  We're still waiting for inventory.  


Contemplative Outreach has a new video feature on our website homepage for 2014. It's called "Voices of Grace & Gratitude." A new video is presented every Monday.  Spanish translations of the transcripts are also posted.


The new video Falling into the Hands of God, with Fr. Thomas Keating, received rave reviews at the recent United in Prayer Day events held around the world.  DVD - $25.   Online video - $15.

Voices of the Community

image courtesy of elpopophoto

Given to Me, by Carol Lewis.  "In May of 2008, I attended a Centering Prayer Presenter-Formation Retreat at St. Mary’s Retreat Center, Sewanee, Tennessee.    On the night of May 18, we all participated in group lectio divina.  The words from the Gospel of Mark scripture reading that reached out to me were “given to me. ...” Read more.

One Step, by Susan Harman.  "We gather at the noon hour/ Morning choices made, now past;/Silence at table, sit wondering/ if the insights will last  ... " Read more.  
Please email reflections about your spiritual journey, contemplative life, or daily practice to Pamela Begeman for consideration.  See the archive of previous articles.



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