Contemplative Outreach Ontario
“Be still and know that I am GOD” — Psalms 46:10

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Welcoming Prayer

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of actively letting go of thoughts and feelings that support the false-self system. It helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored — in the body. The method of the Welcoming Prayer includes noticing the feelings, emotions, thoughts and sensations in your body, welcoming them, and then letting them go. Practicing the Welcoming Prayer offers one the opportunity to make choices free of the false-self system — responding instead of reacting to the present moment.

The purpose of the Welcoming Prayer is to deepen one´s relationship with God through consenting to God's presence and action in the ordinary activities of daily life. In this way, the Welcoming Prayer supports all forms of prayer, like Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina, which share the purpose of growing in relationship with God through consenting to His presence and action.

“Faith is opening and surrendering to God. The spiritual journey does not require going anywhere because God is already with us and in us.”

Open Mind, Open Heart
~ Thomas Keating

“Faith is opening and surrendering to God. The spiritual journey does not require going anywhere because God is already with us and in us.”

Open Mind, Open Heart, ~ Thomas Keating

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight."

~ Proverbs 3:5-6

Central Ontario Groups

(Co) Faciitator
Barrie June Campbell 705-726-1773
Beeton Marilyn Brandon 905-729-3923
Brampton Tom Manley 905-453-1645
Brampton Sue Woollard 647-302-8596
Burlington–St Luke's Rev. Stuart Pike 905-634-1826
Hamilton Nicole Smith
Kitchener Ken Hull 519-579-8335
Markdale Lynn Wyvill 519-986-3707
Markham–Unionville Johnson Ling 416-495-1067
Midland/Penetang Teresa Marchildon 705-999-1926
Newmarket Steve – Norma Parrotte 905-713-1115
Oakville/Bronte-Walton Mem. United Church Cathy Wynn 905-847-8972
Oakville/Burlington Joan Vinall-Cox 905-845-4620
Orillia George Sanders 705-325-4001
St. Catherines Brenda Coleman 905-646-1995
Thornhill Lisa Des Vignes 416-543-6140
Toronto-Don Mills (Korean Community) John Shin 905-709-0414
Toronto-East - Scarborough Kathy Murtha 416-261-7135
Toronto-East Ellen Herie 416-698-1358
Toronto-East Shelley McVea 416-694-4516
Toronto-Midtown Mary Alice O´Connor Hayes 416-493-8521
Toronto-Midtown Mary Catherine Doyle 416-485-4929
St. Clements´s
Wed 1:30 pm
Martha Dvorak
Freda Perry
St. Leonard´s
(Mon pm)
Peter Catt 416-484-9620
Toronto-West Marie-Noëlle Maillard
Olga Kolisnyk
Toronto-West (Korean Community) Gregory Lee 416-620-0479
Welland Anthony Gatti
Whitby Hazel Motomura
Whitby Stewart Ball
Anne Williams
Korean Language Groups

“The modern world lies under a pervasive sense of anguish, of being abandoned, or at least experiencing God as absent. Yet events that seem to turn our lives upside down and inside out are part of God's redemptive plan, not only for us, but for the world in which we live. God may be preparing a great awakening for the world, if God can find enough people to cooperate in this mysterious plan.”
~ Fr. Thomas Keating