HALF-DAY CENTERING PRAYER RETREATS
Sponsored by CONOVA
This month we continue (and complete) a 5-month exploration of the
supporting practices for Centering Prayer as developed by
Contemplative Outreach, Ltd and Fr. Thomas Keating.
The anonymous author of "The Cloud of Unknowing" offers very grounded teachings for the beginning and deepening of the practice of contemplative prayer.
He acknowledges both the ease and simplicity of contemplation as well as the work it takes. His advice charts a course between the two apparent extremes of ease and exercise. His teaching allows us to grow spiritually and according to God but not as we think we ought to grow.
In this presentation, we will reflect on the advice of the author of "The Cloud of Unknowing" for practicing contemplative prayer.
Our presenter, L.J. Milone, earned a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies from the Washington Theological Union where he studied with teacher and voluminous writer, Ilia Delio. Currently, L.J. is studying to complete a doctorate in preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology.
LJ is a spiritual teacher, a retreat leader, a spiritual director, and avid student of the mystics such as Meister Eckhart, Francis of Assisi, Julian of Norwich, The Cloud of Unknowing, John of the Cross, Teresa of Avila, and Therese of Lisieux. He wrote a book on Meister Eckhart, "Nothing but God: The Everyday Mysticism of Meister Eckhart". For over twenty years, L.J. has practiced silent meditation and has attempted to live in the Holy Mystery of God’s Presence amid daily life with a large family in Rockville, MD.