January 2015

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image courtesy of Diane Walker

"To become who we are as creatures made in the image and likeness of God, we have to be nothing and everything at once, since this is what God is. ... If we accept who we are, we are manifesting God and radiating Christ. The latter unfolding of the divine life within us does not need to go anywhere
or do anything special."

Thomas Keating, Contemplative Outreach News, December 2014

Q&A with Fr. Carl Arico

Fr. Carl AricoQ: I tried Centering Prayer for some time but reached a point where during my prayer time I was constantly assailed by profane words, words I assiduously avoid in my life. It reached a point where my prayer time became so distressing I gave it up. Any comment please?
A:  Read Fr. Carl's response.

Q: ... I see a world of one creator who has created both hell and heaven, who is responsible for giving each of us all of our gifts from bliss to the darker sides of our humanity, pride, selfishness, etc. ... I don't understand the mystery of evil. But I do trust that somehow in the end mercy will prevail. Are these conclusions sound or am I missing something, or maybe rationalizing?
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.

Save the Date - United in Prayer Day

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Join us on Saturday, March 21 for a day of prayer and silence.  There will be both local events and a 24-hour, worldwide prayer vigil. Let us come together across the world through silence and affirm:
  • Our relationship with the living Christ is the bond uniting us together in mutual love.
  • While formed by our respective denominations, we are united in our common search for God and our experience of Christ through Centering Prayer.
  • We affirm our solidarity with the contemplative dimension of other religions and sacred traditions.
- From The Theological Principles of Contemplative Outreach, 8, 9, 11

More information to come.

The Way of Silence Online Series

image courtesy of Ron Barnett
Ron Barnett PhotographyContemplative Outreach is again partnering with our friends at Spirituality & Practice to offer a year-long online program "The Way of Silence" as practice and a way of life. 

The year-long subscription series for $150 includes the following retreats and community opportunities:

The CO News is Now Available

Dec 2014 issueThis 30th anniversary issue of The Contemplative Outreach News is full of great contributions by Thomas Keating, Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler, Fr. Carl Arico, Cynthia Bourgeault, William Meninger and various members of our worldwide community.  It is available online.  Find it on the website> Resources>Newsletters, where you’ll also find a complete archive of past newsletters. 

Support the newsletter by donating here.


The Rising Tide of Silence Made the List

Thomas Keating: A Rising Tide of SilenceSpirituality & Practice annually publishes "The Most Spiritually Literate Films" list, and the film Thomas Keating:  A Rising Tide of Silence, made their list of the Top Ten Spiritually Literate Documentaries of 2014.   You can view their whole list here.  Interweaving historical footage, biographical documentation, interviews with friends and colleagues, and extensive conversations with Father Keating himself, the film traces a fascinating personal and spiritual life. Available in DVD $25 USD.

Voices of Grace and Gratitude Videos Continue in 2015

The weekly feature of videos, "Voices of Grace & Gratitude" will continue through 2015.  You can find new videos each week on our website homepage. These short video clips of a minute or so are joyful expressions of grace and gratitude from the worldwide community of Contemplative Outreach for the gift of Centering Prayer in their lives and its meaning for all creation. Spanish translations of the transcripts are available

Voices of the Community

image courtesy of Ron Barnett
Ronald Barnett PhotographyA Blessed Psalm, by Brian Vosseler. "Blessed are those who, when there is nowhere left to go, turn inward; for they shall find the Center of all./Your love sustains/Blessed are those who dwell in silence, for there they dwell in God./Your love sustains/... ” Read more.

Que Sera, Sera, by Ceci LaDuca. "Lyrics from a popular Doris Day song from the 1950’s: “Que sera sera, whatever will be, will be; the future’s not ours to see, que sera sera.” A few years ago my sister wisely advised me, “que sera, sera” when I was complaining about my relationship with a man who seemed very slow to succumb to my charms. ... " 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.

Resources for the Journey

A Beautiful Prayer
New:  A Beautiful Prayer:  Answering Common Misperceptions about Centering Prayer, by Peter Traben Haas. a Presbyterian pastor.  This books seeks to address five common misconceptions about Centering Prayer, clarifying questions and concerns that might be getting in the way of experiencing the prayer. A timely resource for a new generation of spiritual seekers. $15.00 USD.

Centering Prayer Meditations

New:  Centering Prayer Meditations:  Effortless Contemplation to Deepen Your Experience of God by David Frenette.  Includes the essential principles of Centering Prayer for both new and seasoned practitioners, guiding the listener through core prayers and eight guided meditations.  $19 USD.

Daily Readers for 2015

Centering Prayers
Centering Prayers, by Peter Traben Haas. A one-year daily companion for going deeper into the Love of God, Centering Prayers is a collection of inspired prayers crafted as brief preludes or postludes to periods of personal, contemplative prayer.  $18.99 USD.

The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living - (Paperback)

The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living by Stephanie Iachetta.  Excerpts from the works of Fr. Thomas Keating, sacred Scripture, and other spiritual writings, creating the perfect basis for daily meditation.  $16.95 USD.


Find a Local Contact and/or Prayer Group

You can search our worldwide Community section of the website for local contacts and local websites. These people are also a source for event and prayer group information.  Or you might check this list of local websites.
Try the free Centering Prayer mobile app for iPhones and iPads 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.An Android version and Spanish iOS version are currently in development.


For more information on events, retreats, local Centering Prayer contacts, an online store and teachings from Contemplative Outreach, go to our website.

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