A Day of Remembrance
Remembering Fr Thomas Keating
9:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Sign-in begins at 9:00 AM
Join us for a day of centering prayer and remembering our spiritual
leader Fr Thomas Keating who recently left this earthly world.
We believe one could see and feel the powerful presence of God in
Thomas wherever he went. His visit to Dallas in 2001 resulted in
the formation of Contemplative Outreach of Dallas and Fort Worth and
later it became an official chapter. The seeds he planted about
contemplative prayer and centering prayer practice in our community are
still sprouting to this day. Thomas was more than a teacher of
prayer; he was deeply respectful, kind, and generous.
Thomas was a lover of silence and believed in its power to bring us to
transforming union with God. Both
prophet and priest, he writes, "We feel that our prayer is not just a
privatized journey, but is having a significant effect in the world.
We can pour into the world the love that the spirit gives us in prayer.
We can plead for the divine mercy for those parts of the world that are
being torn to pieces by war and violence. This violence has to be
repaired. This is an imbalance that needs the kind of love that is
born in the interior silence as we let go of ourselves and allow God to
be God in us."
The day will consist of centering prayer
and feature the video, Rising Tide of Silence, a movie about the life of
Thomas Keating. The day will also include a candle lighting
ceremony commemorating Fr Thomas’ life, a pot luck style mid-day meal
and a short teaching video featuring Fr Thomas.
Will offering accepted at the door
Important items to keep in mind to make this day a
Please bring a food platter to share for our mid-day lunch.
Suggestions: sliced meat or cheese plate, rolls/bread, potato salad,
salad, fruit plate, veggie plate, or deserts (pie, cake, cookies).
Please bring serving utensils as
hot water for tea & bottled water
Write on a slip of paper a phrase or sentence of how you
remember Fr Thomas.
Bring a small votive candle to the workshop.
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