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

“The fundamental purpose of prayer, including the prayer of petition, is not to get something from God, or to change God, but to change ourselves. We pray in order to give ourselves to God.”

The Heart of the World
~ Fr. Thomas Keating

“More than ever I feel your friendship and support and look forward to communion together in the Body of Christ, because whenever you sit down to prayer you´re in communion and union with everyone else, past or even future people who haven´t even been born yet. Everything is now in the mind and heart of God. Let us often go to be refreshed and to be encouraged by each other´s fidelity to the Centering Prayer practice.”

~ Fr. Thomas Keating

"Contemplative prayer is not so much the absence of thoughts as detachment from them. It is the opening of the mind and heart, body and emotions — our whole being — to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond words, thoughts and emotions..."

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

“Any practice moving towards contemplation … bonds the people who are doing it with everybody else who is doing a similar practice, and indeed with everyone else in the human family … What is deepest in them, their oneness with the divine presence, resonates with what is deepest in us. Hence, their joys, their trials, and their openness to God are part of us.”

The Better Part, page 70
~ Thomas Keating

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