Our Vision

Be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:10

The intent of Contemplative Outreach is to foster the process of transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer.

Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
and with all your soul,
and with all your strength,
and with all your mind;
and your neighbor as yourself.
Luke 10:27

Our purpose is to share the method of centering prayer and its immediate conceptual background.

Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer ó verbal, mental or affective prayer ó into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.

The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.

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The background for this website was constructed from pictures taken by Sue Morris. The stained glass windows in the pictures are found in the monastery chapel at St. Benedict's Monastery and Retreat Centre near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, at St. Benedictís Retreat & Conference Centre. The window shown is one of thirty nave windows and is made of chipped slabglass set in concrete. They were created by Gabriel Loire of Chartres, France in 196l.