I am grateful for the simplicity of Centering Prayer and the ease with which one can access this method. I’m sure that the retreat fueled my time at Huruma, making it exceptionally fruitful as well as helping me to peacefully resolve a personal conflict at my house of residence. One of Fr. Keating’s teachings is that contemplative prayer is a gift for the community rather than the individual and that its fruits will be noticed in our life of service. To me, this teaching was clearly evident in my month in Tanzania as it had been in my nine years as a lay missioner. [As a lay missioner, Bertha started Huruma School for children with disabilities in Mwanza, Tanzania, which she continues to support. See tasteoftanzania.x10host.com.]
To quote from Fr. Russ Feldmeier’s report,
Our stated vision was to help foster a more contemplative way of being Maryknoll Missioners that would empower us to be Contemplatives in Action in our broken world at this time in history. We are well aware that Maryknoll has been committed to engaging in both contemplation and action from the beginning. It is important to renew this commitment in the light of the present challenges of living and working in a globalized world of climate change, inequality in all its forms, ethnic conflict, racism, reactionary nationalism, religious fundamentalism, terrorism and poverty, which create an environment that demands an ever deeper contemplative approach.