Length: 103 mins.
Fr Bill Sheehan reflects on the experience of contemplative prayer and one
of the fruits of the practice. One great fruit, arising from our fidelity to the
practice of centering prayer, is the growing capacity to be a person of
compassion. How are you growing in your capacity to be compassionate to yourself
and to others?
Centering Prayer, as a contemplative practice, is a prayer of intention. Our
intention is to consent to the presence, the love and the action of God. Fr
Sheehan ponders the question "What begins to happen when you enter your inner
room and close the door and pray to your Abba in secret?Ē He appeals to our
awareness when we enter our inner room. What is the quality of your own interior
silence? How are you being drawn into the experience of unconditional love?
Fr Billís reflections were recorded during the Dallas/Fort Worth
Chapterís annual Six-Day Centering Prayer Retreat at the Montserrat
Jesuit Retreat House, Lake Dallas, Texas, May 6 to 11, 2014.
Rev. Bill Sheehan, OMI, is an
experienced retreat director and has led many Centering Prayer
workshops and retreats. He has been involved with Contemplative
Outreach since 1983, practicing centering prayer and guiding others in
this way of prayer for more than 25 years. Currently Fr Bill
serves as an advisor to the leadership of Contemplative Outreach.
He has a rich
background as a pastor, director of ministry to priests, director of
formation and director of the Oblate House of Theology. He is a member
of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate and lives in an Oblate House of
Prayer in Lowell, Massachusetts.