Centering Prayer Guidelines

The Practice of Silence / The Practice of Love

Mother Teresa puts it this way: “Silence leads to prayer / Prayer leads to faith / Faith leads to to love / Love leads to service / Service leads to peace.”

Silent Meditation

Resting in the presence of God

Two 20-minute prayer periods a day are recommended

  1. - Choose a sacred word as the symbol of your intention to consent to God’s presence and action within.
  2. - Sitting comfortably and with eyes closed, settle briefly and silently introduce the sacred word as the symbol of your consent to God’s presence and action within.
  3. - When you become aware of thoughts, return ever-so-gently to the sacred word.
  4. - At the end of the prayer period, remain in silence with eyes closed for a couple of minutes.

Let Fr. Thomas help you with getting started by watching this short video.

To learn more about Centering Prayer, its practice, and Christian theological foundations please contact a group facilitator for an Introductory Workshop or the closest Centering Prayer Practice Group.

“The word ‘listen’ contains the same letters as the word ‘silent’”
Alfred Brendel – Austrian pianist