Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Centering Prayer

Bruce Gardiner, a member of the Commission on Peace and Justice, also is the local contact person for Contemplative Outreach in the Albany and upper Hudson Valley area. He will present a Centering Prayer Morning Retreat on Saturday, January 17, from 9 a.m. to noon at The Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, 959 Madison Avenue in Albany.

Newcomers and oldcomers, join us this Saturday. We begin a series of videos by Fr. Thomas Keating on the spiritual journey as exemplified and interpreted St, Anthony of the Dessert, St, John of the Cross, Br. Bernie, a Trappist Monk.

The Four Consents

The series begins with “The Four Consents” which occur in the process of life:

1. Consenting to the basic goodness of our being in all its parts

2. Consenting to our capacity for action

3. Consenting to our non-being—old age, sickness and death

4. Consenting to the death of the false self and to be transformed:

Schedule for the Day

8:45 Arrival

9:00 Opening Praying and First Centering Prayer Period
(Overview of Centering Prayer for newcomers)

9:30 Centering Prayer – Second Period

10;00 Break

10:15 Video and Discussion:
The Four Consents by Fr. Thomas Keating

11:30 Centering Prayer – Third Period

12:00 Adjourn