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The Father spoke one Word, which was his Son,
and this Word he speaks always in eternal silence,
and in silence must it be heard
by the soul.

John of the Cross,

“The Sayings of Light and Love”


Think how many times we’ve made mistakes – misjudging people, situations, ourselves. With the ego all of this arises, but when the ego subsides and eventually just disappears like a puff of smoke, then all of this false reality, construction of the false self disappears along with the ego. It’s this which is the real meaning of renunciation. This is what we renounce. You don’t renounce the good things in life. What we actually renounce are the false things. But we cannot know the good things if we are attached to the false things. So we have to renounce the false things, and the whole ego game that keeps them going, in order to discover what is the true value, what is my true self, who I really am. And, in that, we see the world as it really is.

Laurence Freeman

"In growing up we had no experience of the divine presence within, which is the true security, the deepest affirmation of our basic goodness, and the true freedom. Since we did not even know that God was actually present within us, we had to look elsewhere for the security, affirmation and freedom that only the divine presence can provide. The spiritual journey is a training in consent to God’s presence and to all reality.

… This gradual training in consent is the school of divine love in which God invites us to accept the divine plan to share the divine life with us in a way that transcends all that the human imagination can foresee."

Thomas Keating, Invitation from God


“Where does Centering Prayer come from?

Its source is the Trinity dwelling within us.

It is rooted in God's life within us."

Thomas Keating


(Editor’s Note: In his last weeks and days, this prayer was read to Fr. Thomas at his request).


By Charles de Foucauld

I abandon myself into your hands;
do with me what you will.
Whatever you may do, I thank you:
I am ready for all, I accept all.

Let only your will be done in me,
and in all your creatures –
I wish no more than this, O Lord.

Into your hands I commend my soul:
I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,
to surrender myself into your hands without reserve,
and with boundless confidence,
for you are my Father.

(From CO e-News Bulletin, February 2019)

At Fr. Thomas' request, we are going back to the basics and posting here "Model of the Human Condition," the first of six hour-long talks that are Part 2 of the series "The Spiritual Journey with Fr. Thomas Keating" This is the the second half of the first talk

Centering Prayer as Prayer, Method, and Process

March 11 - April 18
A live online retreat

If you are new to Centering Prayer or wishing to renew your practice, Lent is a good time to deepen your relationship with God through this live online retreat. We will focus on teaching and practicing the method of Centering Prayer and review its place in the Christian tradition, its conceptual background, psychological process, and share insights into establishing Centering Prayer as a way of life. Read more >


The Grace of Lent, Foundations for Contemplative Living:

This self-guided online retreat, originally created for Lent in 2014, aims to create a Lenten atmosphere of silence, stillness, and a quiet inner joy of alert receptivity. You are encouraged to partake of the particular beauty of the season viewing Lent itself as an artful preparation to a slow and sustained intentional journey where the heart is awakened into a new life in and through divine love. Read More >

Journey to the Center

From the stark beginning of Ash Wednesday to the joyous climax of Easter Sunday, these meditations will feed your faith, renew your hope, and bless abundantly your journey of love. Read More >

The Paschal Mystery, A Journey into Redemption and Grace:

This is a 109 page booklet based completely on the teachings and writings of Fr. Thomas Keating on the topic, it is intended to serve as a daily companion to move ever deeper in trust and intimacy with the living God in the midst of trials, purification, various forms of suffering or simply within the norms of everyday life. This 40-day mini-retreat is a journey from the limiting small self to the fullness of the human being who we were created to be. Scripture passages are complemented by beautiful images, Fr. Keating's writings and a mini-practice on which to focus for the day. Read More >