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View video recordings featuring Fr. Thomas Keating speaking on various topics.

Listen to Sandy's Radio Interview.  On August 4, 2014, Sandy appeared on the "Good News" radio program in Dallas (KATH 910 AM) hosted by Stacie Blazek.  Sandy was asked to comment on several topics and questions.  Stacie asked Sandy to talk about the Dallas/Fort Worth Chapter of Contemplative Outreach and how it got started; how does traditional prayer compare to centering prayer; and is it difficult for some people to practice silent meditation like centering prayer.  You will find Sandy's interview both insightful and entertaining.  Click the play button on the audio player below to listen to the interview (about 20 minutes in length).

Find all the daily readings and psalms at The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops web site.  The readings are taken from the New American Bible.

Our friends at Contemplative Outreach of Fort Worth invite you to their centering prayer groups and special events & retreats.  Visit their new web site for more information about their activities.

Find links to Contemplative Outreach Chapter Websites here in Texas and across the United States and Canada.  When traveling you may want to visit a local centering prayer group.  Check these websites for information about their prayer groups and events.  For those chapters who don't have a web site, you can find a list of contact persons at each chapter at our parent organization's web site.

Visit Father William Meninger's web site to learn about the Trappist Monastery, St. Benedicts, in Snowmass, Colorado.  You will discover some of his recent books and writings as well as those of fellow Trappist, Fr Thomas Keating.  Fr Meninger has been at St Benedicts since 1979 and was the former retreat master at St. Josephs Abbey in Spencer, Mass.  His book, The Loving Search For God is an effort to bring the message of The Cloud of Unknowing to men and women of the 21st Century.

The Lay Contemplative website is an interesting site dedicated to the journey of the lay contemplative.  It is based upon the Lay Contemplative Guidebook which includes testimonies, theological perspectives and contemplative formation sites complete with description and contact information.  This work was completed in 1992 by the Association of Contemplative Sisters, an organization of contemplative women from all walks of life, which formed a task force to study resources of formation of the Christian lay contemplative.

Shalem Institute (Bethesda, MD) is an ecumenical Christian community dedicated to the support of contemplative living and leadership.  Its mission is to be an ecumenical community responding to a call to help mediate God’s Spirit in the world through the loving wisdom of contemplative tradition.  Although Shalem is grounded in the Christian contemplative path, it is enriched by the grace present in other traditions. Shalem welcomes anyone, regardless of tradition, who would seek to learn from the contemplative way.  They offer contemplative prayer groups, retreats and workshops as well as programs for spiritual directors.

What Does "Contemplative" Mean?  The word contemplative has many meanings today.  It comes from the Latin roots cum (with) and templum (temple), connoting a sense of the sacred.  Stated simply, the classical tradition understands contemplation as a loving quality of presence in which one is open to things just as they are in the present moment.

In Christianity and other traditions that understand God to be present everywhere, contemplation includes a reverence for the Divine Mystery, "finding God in all things," or "being open to God's presence, however it may appear."  When referring to prayer or other spiritual practices, contemplation is classically distinguished from meditation.

Generally this means that meditation seems like something we "do" by means of our own effort and intention, while contemplation always seems to come as a gift.  Further, the reverence for mystery implies an openness to unknowing, a willingness to be led and guided by God without having to comprehend what is happening.

View Cherry Haisten's paper on The Welcoming Prayer (PDF format, 180 KB).  Centering Prayer and the Welcoming Prayer go together.  Centering Prayer is receptive and the Welcoming Prayer is concentrative.  Please visit the International Contemplative Outreach website and read Cherry Haisten's paper.

There are many excellent authors whose writings provide deep insight into life here on earth and our capacity to understand God.  Articles by two outstanding spiritual leaders, Thomas Merton and Anthony de Mello, SJ are featured by the The National Institute for the Renewal of the Priesthood web site.

Love in Action Int'l is a group of individuals who strive to fill the gap between resource and need.  Visit this Dallas organization web site to see what they have accomplished for those in need.  Rae England is the director and co-founder.

Classic Christian Ethereal Library web site contains online the complete text of many classic Christian books.  According to the web site, all of the books on their server are in the public domain.  You may read the books online or download them to your computer.  Great site, take a look!

Contemplative Outreach Ltd.  The homepage for the Contemplative Outreach organization which supports and promotes centering prayer groups throughout the world. 

The Maria Kannon Zen Center was formed in 1991 as a place for people of various backgrounds and faiths to practice Zen. The members are bound together by a common commitment to cultivate wisdom and compassion. The center's primary task is to offer people an opportunity to practice Zen.

University of Dallas is a Catholic liberal arts university located in Dallas, Texas.

Osage Forest of Peace is located at 141 Monastery Road, Sand Springs, OK 74063.

The Osage Forest of Peace is an inter-spiritual contemplative retreat center.  We are a sanctuary for those seeking silence and solitude.  The staff is comprised of a resident community of people from a variety of spiritual and religious backgrounds.  We value simplicity, compassion and diverse approaches to the Sacred.  Osage Forest of Peace provides an environment that is supportive of all those who desire to engage in “dialogue of the heart” through prayer and meditation.

We invite you to join us in our daily schedule of sitting meditation and communal prayer. People visit the Forest for both short and extended retreats. We also offer programs and weekend workshops that support contemplative practices. We look forward to welcoming you to the Forest.

Bede Griffiths.  An interesting site about a monk who lived in a way least thought of by others and, with a universal heart, was an icon of integrity and guilelessness.

The Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health located in San Antonio, Texas offers faith-based, non-sectarian counseling for individuals & families, education for religion & health professionals, seminars and conferences.  Telephone (210) 616-0885.

The Vatican City web site is rich with information from its' historical archives to the artwork to the current events.

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