CPNA Programs . . .
The Centering Prayer Network Australia offers a number of programmes throughout Australia. The following practices will help to bring the fruits of Centering Prayer into our daily lives.
Centering Prayer is a method of prayer that prepares our faculties to receive the gift of God´s presence, traditionally called contemplative prayer. It consists of responding to the Spirit of Christ by consenting to God´s presence and action within.
Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It is at the same time a relationship with God and a discipline to foster that relationship.
Centering Prayer is based on the wisdom saying of Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount:
"...But when you go to your inner room, close the door and pray to your Father in Secret, and your Father who sees in secret, will reward you."
Lectio Divina is one of the great treasures of the Christian Tradition of prayer. It means Divine Reading, which is reading the book we believe to be divinely inspired. This tradition of prayer flows out of a Hebrew method of studying the Scriptures which was called haggadah. Haggadah was an interactive interpretation of the Scriptures by means of the free use of the text to explore its inner meaning. It was part of the devotional practice of the Jews in the days of Jesus.
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. The purpose of the Welcoming Prayer is to deepen our relationship with God through consenting in the ordinary activities of our day.
The Welcoming Prayer 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. It contributes to the process of transformation in Christ initiated in Centering Prayer.
Then Peter asked him, ‘Lord, if my brother or sister sins against me, how often must I forgive them? As many as seven times?’
Jesus answered, ‘I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times.’ -- Matthew 18: 21, 22
Father forgive them, for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34
Be kind and compassionate to one another; forgiving each other; just as in Christ, God forgave you. -- Ephesians 4:32
The Lord has forgiven you, now you must do the same.
-- Colossians 3:13
Annual Centering Prayer Silent Retreat -
“For God alone my soul waits in silence.” – Psalm 62
Please join us for our Annual Centering Prayer Retreat in March 2016. The retreat provides sacred space and time to experience the presence of the Lord. We welcome both returning guests and those new to centering prayer. A short introduction to the spiritual discipline and method of centering prayer will be provided on Friday evening for those who are new to centering prayer or would like a refresher.
The retreat will be facilitated by the retreat team of Centering Prayer Network Australia. Participasnts come from most Australian States and Territories.