THE METHOD OF CENTERING PRAYER
Mondays - 6:30-8:00 pm
Ministry Center, Room 103
Facilitator: Dave McCarthy
"Be still and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative payer, 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. 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.
Dave and Yachai McCarthy become members of St. Peter the Apostle parish after relocating to Florida in 2014. They started their practice of Centering Prayer at the Norbertine Abbey in Paoli, PA in 2005. They deepened their practice by attending a ten day silent retreat at St. Benedict's Monastery in Snowmass, CO.
For more information, or to register, please call Liz at 239-775-9576, ext. 102, or e-mail: [email protected]