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    Focusing: Listening to the Wisdom of the Body for Healing

    By Kathy Keary This is Part 1 of a 3 Part series. Read all the articles here. Stress seems to be a part of many people’s lives. The sense of unease seems to be amplified during the pandemic. Many are unemployed and struggling to put food on the table. Some are teaching their children at […]

  • Using Our Bodies in Prayer

    By Kathy Keary In our series on contemplative living, an element that stands out is that prayer goes way beyond words. In a matter of fact, words in many instances are a barrier to intimacy with our Maker. When we engage mind, spirit and body in prayer, our whole being is engaged. The whole person […]

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    The Fruits of Contemplation

    By Kathy Keary This is Part 4 of a 4 Part series. Read all the articles here. I answered the call to divine communion through centering prayer nine years ago. Ever since, I have heard and accepted the invitation that lures me into the depths of my soul to spend sacred time with my Maker. The […]

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    Contemplation: Going Deeper into Silence

    By Kathy Keary This is Part 3 of a 4 Part series. Read all the articles here. In this article, I am relying on the wisdom of David Frenette in his book, The Path of Centering Prayer: Deepening Your Experience of God as the concepts presented are quite lofty but awe-inspiring in my humble estimation. […]

  • Contemplation: The Use of Breath and Image in Centering Prayer

    This is Part 2 of a 4 Part series. Read all the articles here. In our introduction to centering prayer, we discussed using the sacred word as a method of expressing our intent to be open to the indwelling presence and action of God in the deepest center of our being. We now turn our […]

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    Contemplation: Communion with the Divine

    By Kathy Keary This is Part 1 of a 4 Part series. Read all the articles here. The word, “contemplation,” means different things to different people. In this series of four articles, I am referring to contemplation as a deep loving communion with the divine. It is a resting and simply being in God. Contemplation […]

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    Walking the Reconciliation Labyrinth: A Contemplative Practice Part 3

    By Kathy Keary Part 3 of a 3 Part Series. | Read Part 1 here. | Read Part 2 here. The reconciliation labyrinth at Precious Blood Renewal Center was constructed in 2016 in response to Pope Francis’ declaration of the Holy Year of Mercy. The pope asserted at that time that the world was in need of […]

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    Walking the Labyrinth: A Contemplative Practice Part 2

    By Kathy Keary Part 2 of a 3 Part Series. | Read Part 1 here. | Read Part 3 here. May 2, Saturday, is World Labyrinth Day, a celebration promoted by The Labyrinth Society. On that day at 1 p.m., no matter what time zone one is in, everyone should walk a labyrinth with the […]

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    Eyes and Heart Wide Open: The Practice of Contemplative Photography

    By Kathy Keary For years I have captured the beauty of nature on my camera. As I look through my photos, I see breathtaking sunsets, the vastness of oceans, the immense varieties of trees, flowers, and faces, the splendor of mountains, and the density of forests. I am particularly drawn to paths as they speak […]

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    Adding Your Own Color: The Contemplative Practice of Art Journaling

    By Kathy Keary The beauty of creation never ceases to amaze me. I am awestruck when I see a colorful sunset. I find the thousands of stars that grace a dark country sky breathtaking. Trees in all seasons of the year captivate me. The roaring of the ocean finds me spellbound. Flowers of many colors […]