CENTERING PRAYER RETREATS
The spiritual journey is an invitation into the unknown – an adventure in faith.  It is a process of continual transformation toward union with God which ultimately encourages transformation of the world.  While spiritual progress is dependent primarily upon grace, it also depends on our response to this gift through the practice of various spiritual disciplines, such as Centering Prayer.  Click here to read more ...

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Why Make an Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat

Reprinted from the Contemplative Outreach of South Florida Newsletter, Summer 2001


The spiritual journey is an invitation into the unknown – an adventure in faith.  It is a process of continual transformation toward union with God which ultimately encourages transformation of the world.  While spiritual progress is dependent primarily upon grace, it also depends on our response to this gift through the practice of various spiritual disciplines, such as Centering Prayer.

Both grace and personal response are active components in the process of moderating the instinctual drives stimulated by the false self.  It is the false self which is at the root of much of human unhappiness.  The regular practice of Centering Prayer encourages the letting go of the afflictive emotions arising in daily life and promotes the loving acceptance of other people.  As a result of an ongoing commitment to the prayer, our behavior becomes more and more motivated by divine love which is totally self-giving, detached from selfishness.  Extended prayer periods wear away our opposition to grace and restore our willingness to give ourselves completely to God, and to share our life and gifts with others – especially those with whom we live and work.

When one desires to grow in their contemplative experience by responding to God’s call to enter into a deeper relationship, it is most advisable to participate in an Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat.  In an attitude of openness we say “yes” to Christ who calls to us “come to me all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest.”  A primary function of the retreat is to strengthen and increase our willingness to continue responding to the grace of a pilgrimage into the unknown.  It is not important to know where you are on this journey, for wherever you are it is an immense give of God – and there are more places to go.  The mutual support of others traveling a similar journey is an enriching experience and an invaluable aid in the daily abandonment of self to God.

In an Intensive Retreat setting, the lengths of the periods of Centering Prayer are extended.  Multiple periods of Centering Prayer can help to deepen the experience of interior silence and open us to the possibility of greater intimacy with God.  Extended prayer periods may also accelerate the process of unloading the unconscious, thereby reducing our self-centered programs for happiness.



 
 
 


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Contemplative Outreach of Hawaii,
Aug 19, 2015, 2:32 PM