Surrendering to Love

Love Matters are wisdom words from Fr. Thomas Keating spoken during the filming of the new series God is Love: The Heart of All Creation. Some are included in the series; others are from footage published here for the first time. A new word will be posted every Monday throughout the year. May they serve to inspire hope and lift your heart.

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I think that Centering Prayer has to be taught with a certain expansiveness.  It really includes any effort at interior silence in the presence of God that evokes more and more of our total surrender to that Presence. As consent becomes more complete, it's more surrender and you could call it just, say, "surrendering to love" if you prefer.  I find love too confining a word because it has so many different meanings in the English language, but still it's a good word to use.

Entregarse al amor

Creo que la Oración Centrante debe enseñarse con una cierta amplitud. En realidad, incluye cualquier esfuerzo en dirección de hacer silencio interior en presencia de Dios, y evocar cada vez más una total entrega a esa Presencia.

A medida que el consentimiento se hace más completo, hay una mayor entrega - podríamos llamarlo "entregarse al amor", si así lo prefieren. Encuentro que la palabra "amor" es demasiado limitada porque tiene tantos significados diferentes en el idioma inglés, pero de todos modos es una buena palabra en este caso.