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August 15, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Have you ever longed for a time to rest in God’s presence?
Centering Prayer, a very unique ministry at St Patrick, may be right for you. The only effort required is to schedule a pause in your day to be at rest. For twenty minutes you sit and allow God to work within you. That’s all. Nothing more is required.
As members of the Centering Prayer group at St Patrick, our goal is to foster transformation in Christ in one another through the practice of Centering Prayer.
Centering prayer is a method designed to facilitate the development of contemplative prayer by preparing our faculties to receive this gift. It presents ancient Christian wisdom teachings in an updated form. Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer; rather it cast a new light and depth of meaning on them. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster this relationship. This method of prayer is a movement beyond conversation with Christ to Communion with Him.
We may think of prayer as thoughts or feeling expressed in words. But this is only one expression. In the Christian tradition contemplative prayer is considered to be the pure gift of God. It is the opening of the mind and heart—our whole being—to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Through grace we open our awareness to God whom we know by faith is within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than choosing, closer than consciousness itself. Centering prayer puts us in the room, but the door to the next room doesn’t have a knob, contemplation is pure gift.
If you are interested in learning more about Centering Prayer and joining a weekly prayer group, please contact Dan Wagner at814-566-2288 or Liz Lefevre 407-756-5001 for details.