There is an updated version of this e-course which includes access to a teleconference. Go to this page to register for it:

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. If Centering Prayer (or another daily prayer) is practiced for one hour of the day, the Welcoming Prayer is for the other 23 hours. It is a "letting go" in the present moment, in the midst of the activity of ordinary life. It helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored — in the body.

Practicing the Welcoming Prayer offers us the opportunity to make choices free of the false-self system — responding instead of reacting to the present moment. Through the action of the Holy Spirit, the practice empowers us to take appropriate action as freely and lovingly as possible in any situation that presents itself.

"To welcome and to let go
is one of the most
radically loving, faith-filled
gestures we can make
in each moment of each day.
It is an open-hearted embrace
of all that is in ourselves
and in the world."
Mary Mrozowski,
creator of the Welcoming Prayer

Contemplative Outreach, founded by Fr. Thomas Keating and best known for its pioneering teaching of Centering Prayer, has developed a workshop on the contemplative practice of welcoming. Spirituality & Practice is pleased to partner with Contemplative Outreach to bring this teaching to the online community.

This retreat, originally offered over a period of four weeks, consists of: 12 emails which contain or direct you to the retreat content:

• 12 emails which give the core teachings and practices and direct you to other elements of the retreat content.

• Four video segments, which you can see at Spirituality & Practice, covering:
1. The Human Condition
2. The Method of the Welcoming Prayer
3. Nuances and Practice
4. Fruits of the Prayer

• Step-by-step instructions on the Welcoming Prayer, plus an audio version of the prayer to assist your own practice.

• Mini-practices to root the Welcoming Prayer in your daily life.

(4 CEHs for Chaplains available.)

Available On-Demand
(choose your own start date and frequency)


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