Zoom Link 16 March – Centering Prayer with Kathryn Pile
This week we continue to hear from the Cloud of Unknown written in the late 14th century. Our Centering Prayer Meditation words come from a recent translation by Carmen Acevedo Butcher, as we reflect further on the theme of love is at the core.
Father Thomas Keating, in the 20th century, re-awakening the Christian contemplative tradition, expressed the practice of centering or listening prayer, as tapping into the Mystery. These words are intentional. It’s a time to experience where and if any word or phrase stands out for you. Take what you need of them into your silence as your centering prayer.
Carmen reminds us, in her words, of an unknowing, knowing at the core of contemplation:
- ‘Become blind during contemplative prayer and cut yourself off from needing to know things…Be content feeling moved in a delightful, loving way by something mysterious and unknown, leaving you focused entirely on God, with no other thought than of him alone. Let your naked desire rest there.’
- Become more loving to your spiritual partner, never forgetting how he – King of Kings…Lord of Lords – chose to humble himself for you…so compassionate, that he chose you from among his flock of sheep…put you in his pasture to eat the sweetness of his love, letting you sample your external, heavenly inheritance.
As you begin to relax now in body and mind, slow your breathing, and enter your meditation, centering your prayer, your in-most being on your will and intention, on simply being in the presence of God who is completely ready. He’s only waiting on you.
Love and every blessing
Carmen Acevedo Butcher: The Cloud of Unknowing, with the Book of Privy Counsel, Introduction xxi – xxiv, p 9-10.
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Remember to watch an introduction to Centering Prayer Meditation with Kathryn. You can see it here
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Peace and health at this time
Irene & Damien