Voices 47: Mary Kay Hansen, Colorado

Voices of Grace & Gratitude are joyful expressions of grace and gratitude from the worldwide community of Contemplative Outreach for the gift of Centering Prayer in their lives and its meaning for all creation. During this year of celebration of the 30th anniversary of Contemplative Outreach, a new video will be presented every Monday. May they serve to lift your hearts.

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Centering Prayer has given me an awareness of the most exquisite divine grace and mercy. It’s manifested in my daily life by freeing me from my fear. I tend to knee-jerk on anything I am uncomfortable with – using fear. And so, it’s pulled me out of that; or, even if I have it, it’s okay. It supported me. I felt totally supported. I realize I don’t have to be perfect – I can’t be perfect! And that I’m sharing in an amazing journey with this wonderful God we have and I can’t imagine my life at all without it. It’s worked cracks into my shell, my walls, if you will, of the false self. It’s softened me. That’s really nice. It’s comfortable and I can really be with myself and other people.


    La Oración Centrante me ha hecho conocer la más exquisita gracia divina y misericordia. Se manifiesta en mi vida diaria al liberarme del miedo. Tiendo a reaccionar ante cualquier cosa que me molesta – usando el miedo. Y me ha sacado de esa situación, o, aún si la padezco, está bien. Me ha apoyado. Me siento totalmente apoyada. Me doy cuenta de que no tengo que ser perfecta – no puedo ser perfecta! Y que estoy compartiendo un viaje asombroso con este maravilloso Dios que tenemos, y no puedo imaginarme mi vida sin esto. Ha abierto grietas en mi coraza, mis muros, si así quieren llamarlos, del falso yo. Me ha ablandado. Es muy agradable. Me siento a gusto, y puedo realmente estar conmigo misma y con los demás.