|Contemplative Outreach of Springfield, |
|What We Are All About†††††††††
Today, Contemplative Outreach annually serves over 40,000 people; supports over 120 active contemplative chapters in 55 countries; supports 648 known prayer groups; teaches over 15,000 people the practice of Centering Prayer and other contemplative practices through locally-hosted workshops; and provides training and resources to local chapters and volunteers. We also publish and distribute the wisdom teachings of Fr. Thomas Keating and other resources that support the contemplative life.
|Silent Saturdays |
Please join us for a quiet morning of Centering Prayer and silence. The day is open to beginners as well as those experienced in contemplative prayer or silent meditation. The day provides time for prayer, a contemplative walk, and private reflection.
Join us on the next available date.
|Assumption Abbey Retreat|
Assumption Abbey, Ava, MO: Thursday - Sunday
An experience of contemplative prayer, Liturgy of the Hours, silence, solitude, and self reflection. Retreatants will come together for conferences on learning to love through forgiveness.
Donation: $150 ($30 non-refundable reservation + $120 to the Abbey). For information on our next retreat, call 417.823.8359.
Space is limited, so reservations are necessary.
| Other Events|
Annual United in Prayer Day, March, 2017. Date and venue to be announced.
Click on the "Upcoming Events" link in the upper left-hand corner of this page for happenings outside our regular schedule!
Check this page often for details as our many other programs are developed!
We try to offer a wide range of spiritual activities and experiences.
|Days of Enrichment|
Held from time to time, these feature topics pertinent to contemplative life and practice.
The topics may be here-and-now, or they may illuminate some aspect of the historical development of Christian contemplative spirituality. For example, a past session was entitled Hildegard of Bingen:12th Century Mystic, Scholar, Visionary, Musician, presented by Lisa Whitlow, MA, DMin, spiritual counseler, teacher, and retreat leader.
Our local prayer groups welcome your interest, inquiries, and attendance. These groups encourage and support members' prayer practice and growth. A typical meeting begins with a twenty-minute period of centering prayer followed by an enrichment activity or lesson. All phone numbers are area code 417 and all addresses are in Springfield, MO.
Christ Episcopal: 601 East Walnut / call 844-1318. Meets 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 5:30 PM.
| Contemplative Quotes|
"The goal of contemplative life is unitive seeing: not so much 'union with God' understood as wanting God to the exclusion of all else, but rather, gradually coming to realize that really, there is nothing that is not (in) God. God is the dots and the spaces between the dots; nothing can fall out of God, and all is tenderly and joyously held." --Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, p. 158, by Cynthia Bourgeault
"O desert, nourishing the flowers of Christ! O solitude, which produces the firm rocks with which the city of the Great King is constructed. O barren waste, rejoicing in familiarity with God." --St. Jerome
"Stir yourself, poor creature! Flee, for a little while, your occupations; hide yourself, for a time, from your turbulent thoughts. Cast aside, now, your burdensome cares, and put away your toilsome business. Yield room for some little time to God; and rest for a little time in him. Enter the inner chamber of your mind; shut out all thoughts... Close your door and seek him. Speak now, my whole heart! speak now to God, saying, I seek your face; your face, Lord, will I seek (Psalm xxvii. 8). And come you now, O Lord my God, teach my heart where and how it may seek you, where and how it may find you." --St. Anselm of Canterbury, Proslogion, chap.1
"Unless you like solitude it is not safe for you to appear in public." --Imitation of Christ, Bk I, chap 20
"The more spiritual a man is, the more he discontinues trying to make particular acts with his faculties, for he becomes more engrossed in one general, pure act, a calm and repose of interior quietude." --St. John of the Cross
"The 'prayer of fire' transcends all human feeling. There are no longer sounds of the voice nor movements of the tongue nor articulated words. The soul is completely imbued with divine light. Human language, always inadequate, is no use any more. But in the soul is a spring bubbling over, and prayer gushing out from it leaps up to God. The soul expresses in a single instant many things which could only be described or remembered with difficulty when it has returned to its normal condition." --Cassian
"RememberÖthe Lord is within us and that we should be there with Him." --St. Teresa of Avila
"Our contemplation of Him [God] is a participation in His contemplation of Himself." --Thomas Merton
"Be at peace, and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations." --St. Francis de Sales
"A solitary life is the school in which heavenly doctrine is learned and a preparation for the practice of divine arts is given. It is a paradise of delights which emits the perfume of virtue. For there the roses of charity are enveloped in crimson flame and no sudden squalls are able to destroy the violets of humility. There the myrrh of perfect mortification diffuses itself and the incense of constant prayer hangs heavy on the air." --St. Basil
"As a rule, most people are afraid of silence. Thatís our major barrier to prayer and to depth. Silence and words are related. Words that donít come out of silence probably donít say much. They probably are more an unloading than a communicating." --Barbara Sandford
"Contemplative prayer is nothing other than coming into consciousness of what is already there." --Signature of Jesus, by Brennan Manning
"If you are preparing the ear of the spirit for the voice of God, a voice sweeter than honey and the honeycomb, then flee external cares; so that when your inner sense is disentangled and free, you may say with the prophet Samuel, 'speak Lord, for your servant is listening' (I Kings 3:10). For the voice of God does not speak amid the din and bustle of the world, nor is it heard in any public gathering. Rather secret counsel seeks to be heard also in secret. And so because of this, happiness will be given to us if we listen to God in solitude." --St. Bernard
|CONTEMPLATIVE OUTREACH OF SPRINGFIELD, SPRINGFIELD, MO|
3887 E Linwood Terrace Springfield, MO 65809