Centering Prayer is a receptive, deep method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.
Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.
The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.
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We’ve seen the transformation hundreds of times – people who came to us stressed, searching for something that's missing, or just called to silence and deeper prayer. The change may start slowly, but once it begins friends and family notice the difference. The good works, shared experiences, time spent in prayer – all bring us closer to our highest calling.
Join us for the first step toward that personal connection to God through silence, solitude, solidarity, and service!
Contemplative Outreach Puget Sound - North
A Retreat at St. Mary on the Lake
Peace and Spirituality Center in Bellevue
Saturday, March 17th, 10 am to 2 pm
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