“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that helps open our hearts and minds to consent to God’s presence and action beyond words, thoughts, and emotions. Rooted in ancient Christian prayer practices, Centering Prayer prepares us to receive the gift of Contemplative Prayer, the awareness through faith of God within us, closer than consciousness itself.
Lectio Divina is a traditional way of listening to scripture as if we were in conversation with Christ. It supports an attitude of friendship, trust, and love in our unfolding relationship with God, ultimately leading us to “resting in God”.
These two prayer forms work together to help us listen, reflect, respond and rest in God’s word, and consent to God’s presence and action in our lives. They arise from our relationship with God, and are methods to foster that relationship. Lectio Divina deepens our relationship with God and strengthens our intention to rest with God in prayer; Centering Prayer helps us hear the word of God on a deeper level.
This retreat is for all who are interested in deepening their prayer practices with Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina. The retreat is based on the teaching of Thomas Keating and Contemplative Outreach. It will include sessions of Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina in the group, spiritual teachings on DVD by Thomas Keating, and time for private rest, study, and prayer. We will keep silence during meals and evenings.
There will be an opportunity for instruction for those new to these prayer practices. Click here to see the dates of the retreats