Thursday, September 25, 2008

Amazing Grace and Abundant Blessings

This morning Fr. Thomas captured in such a beautiful way the meaning of our Contemplative Outreach Vision and Theological Principles and our desire as an organization to give ourselves more and more, moment by moment to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to renew, reclaim and reappropiate the Christian contemplative heritage for our times. A charism that was not sought after - one that was given as a movement of grace. Transformation of heart is what Centering Prayer is at ever deepening levels of relationship with God, which prompts one to love God with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our strength and with all our minds and our neighbor as ourselves. We seek to listen and to address the cries of our common suffering and divided world. We seek to listen to the promptings of the Spirit and to listen in the silence of our hearts and through this practice allow God to transform our hearts and ultimately the common heart of all our creation. In all humility we are so grateful to all those who spend time in silence each day and sprinkle this amazing grace in mysterious ways around the world. I am delighted to be a part of this whirl of the Spirit and to have this opportunity to share this reflection with all of you this day. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!


Mercedes said...

Dear Gail, You write beautifully. Thanks so much for this post. Your words touch my heart and move me deeply. They also bring a big smile of joy and gratitude to my face at seeing your posting and blogging on the web. I have copied your post and will post it on all our Centering Prayer lists and will translate it into Spanish to also send it to Oracion Centrante. The grace that your words bring will spread all over the world and in Spanish to Latin America, the Caribbean and Spain. May the Lord continue to bless you and bless all those at the conference. My love to you and to Father Thomas. I do hope he is feeling well. Blessings from your friend in Christ,
Mercedes Arca Scopetta from Key Biscayne, Florida
Your blog brings with it many graces, most specially "The transformation of hearts" for I can feel grace pouring into mine. Thanks again for sharing with this elderly friend the amazing grace of Father Thomas words and thus the transformation of my heart."

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this post, Gail. This is my first blog experience. My heart rejoices that it can be in response to your beautiful words inspiring us to listen and pray.
Congratulations to Comtemplative Outreach as you embrace new paths toward renewal.
God send His 'Amazing Grace and Abundant Blessings' to you always!
Joyce Vertun, Morristown, NJ

Anonymous said...

Dear Gail,

Thank you for the gift of your anointed words. You brought together the meaning and purpose of Contemplative Outreach, as well as this Conference.
Your words just fell into my heart as a precious jewel.
Much love and gratitude,

Linette said...

Thanks for writing this.

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