Centering Prayer

Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer, prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself. This method of prayer is both a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.

Centering Prayer is not meant to replace other kinds of prayer. Rather, it adds depth of meaning to all prayer and facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into a receptive prayer of resting in God. Centering Prayer emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God and as a movement beyond conversation with Christ to communion with Him.

The source of Centering Prayer, as in all methods leading to contemplative prayer, is the Indwelling Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The focus of Centering Prayer is the deepening of our relationship with the living Christ. The effects of Centering Prayer are ecclesial, as the prayer tends to build communities of faith and bond the members together in mutual friendship and love.

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2 thoughts on “Centering Prayer

  1. I have a friend who lives in Northern Virginia. I think she may eventually seek out Centering Prayer, but in the meantime she is considering a spiritual director. As a fellow contemplative in Kansas, I think she would be drawn to someone with a contemplative practice. I’m thinking you all might be a good source of information in that regard. Would you be able to provide some names of potential spiritual directors that she could contact? Or maybe another resource in the area that she could go to? Thank you for your help.

    Meredith

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