Contemplative Prayer

Contemplative Prayer

Praying the scriptures

An opportunity each week for contemplation, or the practicing of silence. All are welcome to attend any session.

  • Wednesdays at 1pm: Contemplation (Centering and lectio divina)

This gathering offers an opportunity for Christian contemplative prayer practices, including the silent practice of Centering Prayer as taught by Fr. Thomas Keating, and Lectio Divina, an ancient monastic practice for meditating on scripture passages. There is time for sharing what we experience during our time together.

No prior experience necessary – all are welcome!

Program for February 14, 2018

Opening Reflection:  
“Prayer is not designed to change God, but to change us. The faster we let that happen, the better our prayer is going to be. But once we have gotten interested in God and have begun to seek Him, the best thing to do is be silent and to let Him complete the process.”  (Open Mind, Open Heart  by Fr. Thomas Keating, p. 55.)

Pray in silence for 20 minutes

Closing Prayer:   adapted from “Where Your Heart Is”  by Edward Hays

Come, O life-giving Creator, and rattle the door latch of my slumbering heart. Awaken me as you breathe upon a winter-wrapped earth, gently calling to life the greening of Spring.

Awaken in these fortified days of Lenten prayer and discipline my youthful dream of holiness.  Call me forth from the prison of my numerous past defeats and my narrow patterns of being to make my ordinary life extra-ordinarily alive, through the passion of my love.

Show to me during these Lenten days how to take the daily things of life and by submerging them in the sacred, to infuse them with a great love for you, O God, and for others.  Guide me to perform simple acts of love and prayer, the real works of reform and renewal of this overture to the spring of the Spirit.

O Father of Jesus, Mother of Christ, help me not to waste these precious Lenten days of my soul’s spiritual springtime.  Amen.

Lectio Divina for Today:     Isaiah 58:5-9

Isaiah 58:5-9 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Is such the fast that I choose,
a day to humble oneself?
Is it to bow down the head like a bulrush,
and to lie in sackcloth and ashes?
Will you call this a fast,
a day acceptable to the Lord?

Is not this the fast that I choose:
to loose the bonds of injustice,
to undo the thongs of the yoke,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to break every yoke?
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry,
and bring the homeless poor into your house;
when you see the naked, to cover them,
and not to hide yourself from your own kin?
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your healing shall spring up quickly;
your vindicator[a] shall go before you,
the glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
you shall cry for help, and he will say, Here I am.

New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Isaiah 58:5-9  The Message (MSG)

“Do you think this is the kind of fast day I’m after:
a day to show off humility?
To put on a pious long face
and parade around solemnly in black?
Do you call that fasting,
a fast day that I, God, would like?

6-9 “This is the kind of fast day I’m after:
to break the chains of injustice,
get rid of exploitation in the workplace,
free the oppressed,
cancel debts.
What I’m interested in seeing you do is:
sharing your food with the hungry,
inviting the homeless poor into your homes,
putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad,
being available to your own families.
Do this and the lights will turn on,
and your lives will turn around at once.
Your righteousness will pave your way.
The God of glory will secure your passage.
Then when you pray, God will answer.
You’ll call out for help and I’ll say, ‘Here I am.’


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