We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words. But this is only one expression. Contemplative prayer is considered to be the pure gift of God - the opening of mind and heart - our whole being - to the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions. We open ourselves to God, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than choosing, closer than awareness itself.
Centering Prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer by preparing ourselves to receive this gift. It is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it casts a new light and depth of meaning on them. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a practice to foster that relationship. For more information see this brochure from Contemplative Outreach.
A Centering Prayer Group meets weekly at 6:30 pm on Monday nights at Dayspring Silent Retreat Center. For more information contact Catherine Gibson, 301-972-4038, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about Centering Prayer contact Ron Barnett, 240-401-3068, email@example.com.