Contemplative Outreach members in the SE area of Pennsylvania seek to bring the living tradition of the contemplative Christian heritage through the teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating and others. Centering Prayer programs and offerings that support the contemplative life in the midst of ordinary life are offered.
APP FOR CENTERING PRAYER
The Contemplative Outreach app for "Centering Prayer" is now available in iTunes. It's free and available for iPhones and iPads. Read:
Roseanne Havird is the Contact Person for Contemplative Outreach of Southeast Pennsylvania. A member of Contemplative Outreach, she is a Centering Prayer Group leader, and presenter of the Seven Session Centering Prayer Workshop and Lectio Divina Workshops.
A former East Coast Representative for Contemplative Outreach, Roseanne continues to provides services to those in Centering Prayer Groups.
" Practicing centering prayer awakens one to deeper meaning, as life itself becomes a spiritual journey. With centering prayer and Christian contemplation, instead of just a belief, God becomes a living reality."
David Frenette - The Path of Centering Prayer - Deepening Your
Experience of God
Centering Prayer is based on the wisdom saying of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt: 6:6)
"...But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in secret and your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you."
It is also inspired by
writings of major contributors to the Christian contemplative heritage including John Cassian, the anonymous author of
The Cloud of Unknowing, Francis de Sales, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Therese of Lisieux and Thomas Merton.
The method is taken from
the 14th Century book :
The Cloud of Unknowing written by an anonomous author of the Carthusian order. (Their works were not signed as a sign of humility.)
Books for Beginners:
Open Mind, Open Heart by Fr. Thomas Keating
Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening by Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault
These and other books, CDs, DVDs, etc. can be found on Contemplative Outreach Website:
Local website for
Contemplative Outreach, Ltd. in Southeast Pennsylvania: