St Johns Bridge in Portland

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Cloud in the shape of a heart

Listening With the Heart

A 5-Day Centering Prayer & Lectio Divina Retreat

September 26-30, 2022

Mt. Angel Abbey Guesthouse, Mt. Angel, Oregon

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No Frills Second Sits

April 25 – June 24, 2022
Mon – Fri
No chit-chat, no extras.
All are welcome.
Drop in any time

All are welcome – drop in any time.

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Photo by Nathan Dumlao

White Flower Drooping

Mystic Series: Gift of Tears

May 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

A look at the different types and purposes of tears, how the Gift manifests, and key figures who’ve had the Gift of Tears.

Photo by Aaron Burden

Two Sits Plus Lectio Divina

Fourth Tuesdays

Two Sits Plus Lectio Divina
May 24, 2022
10 – 11:30 am

You are cordially invited to share some time with our family of contemplatives…

All are welcome! 

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12 Step Outreach Centering Prayer

The Contemplative Dimension of the Twelve Steps, with Thomas Keating

Free Video Series

The 12-Step Outreach Service team commissioned Julie Saad and Ray Muller to edit a set of DVDs by Thomas Keating called The Contemplative Dimension of the 12 Steps. The newly edited recordings consist of 16 sections with a brief topic summary listed for each one.

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Word of the Week

A weekly contemplative view into liturgy, with reflections and sometimes videos of Thomas Keating, and practice suggestions for daily life.


Thanks and a very blessed Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Contemplation is essential for understanding the deeper meaning of scripture. Scripture should be read on a regular basis as lectio divina with great dependence on the Spirit, who breathes through the sacred text. To give to scripture an absolute authority and the final moral voice in everything is a form of idolatry. It is to worship words rather than the God who inspired them.

Thomas Keating

Reflections on the Unknowable

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