This was reinforced last night while reading the latest on-line newsletter from Contemplative Outreach *, the site featuring Thomas Keating, the acknowledged leader of Centering Prayer. I found myself listening to a lecture by Keating on YouTube. In his charming, convincing manner, he was clear that centering prayer formed the foundation for a deep communion with God. By emptying ourselves of thought, we can hear God speaking to us. That’s the gist of what I heard.
So here is my commitment. Two twenty minute periods of centering prayer a day. One in the morning, another in the afternoon. I dare not attempt it in the evening for fear I’d fall asleep. I began this morning at La Badia, where it is very quiet, and I’ll probably return there this afternoon. This obligation is easy to fulfill while I’m in Florence, but at home, well, it will be a challenge. I’ll keep you posted.
* “Contemplative Outreach is a spiritual network of individuals and small faith communities committed to living the contemplative dimension of the Gospel. The common desire for Divine transformation, primarily expressed through a commitment to a daily Centering Prayer practice, unites our international, interdenominational community.”