• Winter Classes, Events & Retreats

    Winter Classes, Events & Retreats

    Welcome to the Center for Contemplative Living! Join us for a class, prayer time, a retreat or one of our special events. Read More
  • Spiritual Journey Series

    Spiritual Journey Series

    Discover the Centering Prayer practice through the Spiritual Journey Courses. In February classes offered are:Human Condition (Course II) and Divine Therapy (Course IV). Read More
  • Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference

    Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference

    Join us on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Featuring Ilia Delio, OSF, PhD who will speak on the “Role of Contemplation in a Posthuman Age” Read More
  • Thomas Keating Meditation Chapel

    Thomas Keating Meditation Chapel

    An interfaith online meditation community. Pray in silence with practitioners from all over the world. Read More
  • Women's Group

    Women's Group

    Are you looking for a group of women to pray with and to share your spirituality? Join us on Wednesday, January 22 at 3:45 p.m. for our Informational Meeting to see if this group is a good match for you. Read More
  • Sacred Dialogue: An Evolution of Consciousness

    Sacred Dialogue: An Evolution of Consciousness

    Exploring Indigenous writings on effective communication in The Fourth Way was enlightening as well. Our frame of reference for this new course will apply these principles of dialogue for effective communication to contemporary interests. Join us on alternate Thursdays, beginning January 23 Read More
  • Boundless Compassion Retreat Day: Featuring Rick Klein

    Boundless Compassion Retreat Day: Featuring Rick Klein

    Facilitator Rick Klein will lead participants to experience a journey into the practice of compassion using the teachings of Joyce Rupp. This day will be more of a retreat experience than a workshop. Join us on Saturday, January 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read More
  • Check out Two New Classes Added In February

    Check out Two New Classes Added In February

    We are adding two new classes to our February schedule: The Unfolding of Centering Prayer featuring Kess Frey and Thérèse of Lisieux featuring Laurie Cassidy, PhD Read More
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Advent Reflection Week 1

I am the maidservant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say.” Lk. 1:26-38

Advent Week 1

Here Mary is faced with one of God’s favorite scenarios; it might be called the doublebind. The double-bind does not consist in the choice between what is obviously good and obviously evil—that is a temptation—but of not knowing which is good and which is evil. The dilemma may arise in another form: one cannot decide which of two apparent goods is God’s will. For a delicate conscience, this causes deep trouble. The turmoil comes from wanting to do God’s will and not knowing what it is. As a consequence, one feels torn in two directions at once. Two apparent but opposing goods demand one’s total adherence, and both seem to be God’s will. People on the spiritual journey regularly find themselves in such double-binds, which may even become more searching as the journey proceeds…

 

As human beings, we cannot presume that God will do something that has never been done before (although the angel said, “Nothing is impossible with God.”) But we can be sure that if we allow the creative energies of the double-bind to do their work, at some moment we will find ourselves in a higher state of consciousness. Suddenly we will perceive a new way of seeing all reality. Our old world view will end. A new relationship with God, ourselves and other people will emerge based on the new level of understanding, perception and union with God we have been given. The double-bind frees us to grow into an expanded relationship with all reality beginning with God. During Advent, as we celebrate the renewed coming of divine light, we receive encouragement to open to God’s coming in any way that he may choose. This is the disposition that opens us completely to the light.

Excerpt from The Mystery of Christ, chapter 1, by Fr. Thomas Keating

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In Memory of Father Thomas Keating

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Center for Contemplative Living

“The root of prayer is interior silence.”
Father Thomas Keating,
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