Written on: June 17, 2013
This garden was planted in the fall of 2007 and has been carefully tended by the sower, Sister Frances Whitman. After six years it has produced fruit 30, 60 and 100 fold and continues to do so. Every Thursday evening throughout the year a group of women meet in the community room at the Motherhouse for an hour to enter into centering prayer. The size of the group varies from week to week, but has about 24 regular members.
Pictured is the group that met May 23 and below are a few quotes about what Centering Prayer is for them. We are embracing a contemplative stance and some relational newness (two of our Chapter Directives!) with this initiative. All are welcome to join us.
Centering Prayer draws me into contemplation and closer to God. It is good to share with others in Lectio Devina. First we listen to the Word of God and share the fruits of our prayer.
I have been with Centering Prayer for 7 years. It has been a very enlightening experience. Looking for God with women of faith has been rewarding.
There is a great sense of peace when I come to Centering Prayer. I feel close to God and to the women with whom I pray and all my worries seem smaller.
Centering Prayer for me is a special gift of peace and wisdom. Practicing Lectio Divina strengthens me and enables me to accept God’s Word more readily in my life, and then share that gift with others.
Centering Prayer offers me a time to allow the silence and stillness to let God into my life to bless and heal my heart and mind.
I was introduced to Centering Prayer after I retired. It has been a true gift from the Holy Spirit. It has helped me focus better in other times of prayer, especially during Mass. It has also helped me get rid of negative thoughts that come during the day.
I have been coming for 2 ½ years. It is the quiet form of Centering Prayer that attracts me and I am encouraged that the laity are invited and comfortable.
Centering Prayer is a genuine quiet time. I feel enriched and have come to realize each person’s prayer has no pattern, and is a unique relationship with God