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Watch this video introduction to Living Flame from Contemplative Outreach. Link to Program Descriptions and Presenter Bios (opens in new page), a message from Father Matt, founder of Living Flame, and the event flyer to share with friends and family.

Session DatesProgram Presenters
October 21, 2023Deepening Our Centering Prayer Practice   Fionnuala Quinn
November 18, 2023Lectio DivinaNancy Stimac & Curt Paddock
January 24, 2024Soul FriendingCherry Haisten
February 17, 2024The Human ConditionRichard Bonacci
March 16, 2024Divine TherapyJenny Adamson
April 20, 2024Dark Night of the Soul: Night of SenseDenis Gleeson
May 18, 2024The Welcoming PrayerMary Dwyer

Program Descriptions

Deepening Our Centering Prayer Practice: 
Sacred symbols (word, breath, glance) 
Entering and leaving CP period 
Active prayer sentence

Lectio Divina: 
The monastic way of praying Lectio Divina 
The four senses of Scripture through which a biblical text speaks to us 
How awareness of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit’s gifts increases our receptivity to divine inspirations and transformation

Soul Friending:
Soul Friending/Spiritual Direction 
History and theology of Soul Friending 
Soul Friending & Centering Prayer groups

The Human Condition: 
Explores characteristics of the human condition 
Examples of false felf vs. true self 
Dismantling of emotional programs for happiness

Divine Therapy: 
Understanding the spiral staircase 
The healing process initiated by Centering Prayer

Dark Night of the Soul: Night of Sense 
Biblical desert experience 
Transition stage of contemplative spiritual journey and deepening relationship with God 
Classical signs & trials of the Night of Sense

The Welcoming Prayer Practice: 
Consent on the go 
Method “to let go and let God” in everyday life 
Listening to the wisdom of the body 
Embracing all experience as opening to the Divine Indwelling

Message from Father Matt, founder of Living Flame

This hybrid approach to the Living Flame program makes it possible for the contemplative community around the state of Missouri to participate and bond in Spirit, while the presenter and program are being zoomed into in person meetings … all of which now makes this program very practical and affordable. 

In my opinion, Father Thomas Keating’s Spiritual Journey Video Series is his masterpiece, but the Living Flame Program is a significant curriculum to help us understand the breadth and width of those videos. This information is the foundation on which the video series were built.  The LF Program draws on all of the knowledge and disciplines that informed Father Thomas’ presentation.

I think the Living Flame Program is a masterful offering for those who are seriously drawn to a life of contemplation … that, and the daily practice of CP.   

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