Release Year: 2005
Duration: 41 min
St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado, is the lovely spiritual setting for a beautifully filmed meditation with Cisterian priest, monk and abbot Father Thomas Keating on a practice he calls “centering prayer.” The goal of centering prayer is to let go of self-interest and to surrender to God, and Keating serves as a luminous example of one who has committed his life to this discipline.
Father Keating’s meditations are interspersed with images of daily monastic rituals and commentary from his brothers at St. Benedict’s Monastery. Life there is a “process,” and, in the words of Father Keating, the daily rituals of a Trappist monk involve “ - a friendship going on with Christ that is tangible, not a one-way street.”
If one listens, Father Keating says, one will be invited to receive “the divine hospitality” of God. In The Contemplative Life, Keating quotes 16th century mystic, St. John of the Cross, who wrote: “Human health depends on the continuous awareness of God’s presence.” At the center of this film and Keating’s life is the sense of God’s constant love, that, if received, heals us and inspires us to heal others.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Father Thomas Keating: The Contemplative Life (Centering Prayer)
Nice video of Father Thomas Keating talking on centering prayer, a Christian version of meditation.