Spotlight on Ministry — Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer

Beginning Tuesday, September 13, St. Matthew’s Centering Prayer group will be going “back to basics” as we read and discuss one of Fr. Thomas Keating’s books, Centering Prayer: Intimacy With God. We hope to renew and refresh our knowledge of the practice of Centering Prayer as well as introduce others to the concepts of CP and the ideas of this precious, learned man.

Centering Prayer is one form of an ancient meditation practice that is sometimes called “listening prayer”. This practice of listening for God’s voice and seeking God’s presence is found in all major religions in the world, and is expressed a little differently in each. In Christianity, the practice dates back to the earliest Christian communities and was widely practiced by monks and hermits as early as the second -fourth centuries. It has undergone a renewal in the modern Church through the instruction of Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, and others. Thomas Keating is often considered the father of this modern form of Centering Prayer.

If you have ever wondered what this listening prayer is all about and would like to learn more about it, this is an excellent time to do so. Centering Prayer meets on Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the sanctuary. We begin a twenty minute “sit” (silent meditation time) at 6:10 with the reading of a psalm, and follow the sit with the book discussion. For questions please contact Susan Carson or Vicki Conway, or speak with any member of the group.

Please come try a new way to seek closeness to our Lord through this quiet meditation practice called Centering Prayer. Hope to see you there.

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