Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Centering Prayer vs. Contemplative Prayer

Adoro te Devote has an excellent post up on the difference between Centering Prayer and Contemplative Prayer.

It was Fr. Keating who first developed and introduced Centering Prayer. His
intentions were good; he was looking for similarities in the practices of
Hindu/Buddhism to Christian prayer as a way of assisting converts to the
Christian faith. (1.) Unfortunately, through his dabbling in the Eastern
Meditative arts, he was drawn in and deceived, and introduced an insipient
poison into the Church; a poison people are all too ready to consume and


Anonymous said...

It is very sad to see a vocation director with such a misunderstanding of centering prayer, not to mention narrow view of the Catholic faith.

Anonymous said...

I would like to know how much time the vocational director spends praying.

Father Schnippel said...

Besides the Liturgy of the Hours and Daily Mass, I also try to get in a Holy Hour every day before the Blessed Sacrament.