A complete listing of Contemplative Prayer Resource Materials are available for purchase through Contemplative Outreach, Ltd’s online bookstore.
Here, you can download and print the basic Method of Centering Prayer
Open Mind, Open Heart
by Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO
This book is a must-have for all practicing contemplatives and a beginner’s resource for those just embarking on a serious Christian spiritual journey.
You are encouraged to attend an Introductory Workshop on Centering Prayer in your area to receive qualified instruction and support for this prayer practice. Joining a Centering Prayer group is also recommended as ongoing support in maintaining your faithfulness to your Centering Prayer practice.
The Cloud of Unknowing
Fr. William Meninger writes and speaks passionately about a very early guide to contemplative prayer.
In Central Florida, there are very active Spanish-speaking Centering Prayer groups. For more information go to the website for Extension Contemplativa Internacional: www.extensioncontemplativainternacional.org
82 Centering Prayer Sessions (click to download/print)
This resource was compiled to be used in the weekly centering prayer group at Friendship Village of Schaumburg, Schaumburg, IL. It is a multi-faith retirement community with Centering Prayer groups where Rev. Dr. Shawn Kafader is chaplain. The contents are not intended to be reproduced for sale, but strictly for the encouragement of those who practice centering prayer. If this resource is reproduced please offer credit to the Rev. Dr. Shawn Kafader.
Facilitators are Servant Leaders
Preparation for Centering Prayer
The Check-in Is Sacred
Why are You Facilitating?
The Purpose of Prayer Groups
The End of the Prayer Period
Encouraging the Use of Resources
The Facilitator’s Practice
Is Your Group “Open” or “Closed?”
What Do You Do if No One Talks?
Selecting Material for Discussion
Supporting Daily Practice