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PAGE 8 ARKANSAS CATHOLIC W.BRLIARY 7A, 1991 Church experiencing "an inter ewwith O,r.t-" While centering prayer can yield peace growino interest in and tranquility, that is not its primary pur- ":~ . pose, he said. contemplative prayer "its prirnary purpose is to create a deeper relationship with Christ. If trust in God ....... grows, then another form of rest will occur. t~y atepnen r~nt If one develops a deep trust in God, a good "" " NE "(INS" A owin interest deal of relief from agitation will come t aana, . t )- gr g . about, he said les - m contemDlalave nraver amon the laity ..... " . . . -- r . ~. . .o . . ; -It ts an mwtatton to rest trom the con- comes trom a fleeo nun er me sommal . . . , . , .... ,. . . ,., - u. ~ .. sequences o~ onknnm sin, ne sma. ~ome omaenuon m me, accorctm~ to a xfaDDiSt ~ ...... , re ...... v . -- concrete exaInDteS o|the eltects olonLrtnal monK wno iounned the centering prayer - o Ct movement. Pa People are feeling a deeper desire for - s01 prayer and the sWucmre to support it,n said Thl t'apy is in that itp, Trappist Rev. Thomas Keafing, in ........ an an interview with The Catholic Voice,lIllllales WHat tJO0 cloes, be ne, per of the Archdiocese of Omaha. " q-Iuman nature has a dimension that requires silence," he said. sin in today's life are dysfunctional families ~a 'q'he tendency had been to put peopleand co-dependency, he said. th, CNS/UPI interested in the contemplative life in a "Psychology has a lot to say about the Sol convent or monastery to protect them from consequences of original sin. But modern tlu us - or us from them," Keafing joked. But science must engage in dialogue with reli- it. Wafican II released a lot of desire and will- gion," said Keating. Therapy is successful in th! ingness to engage in contemplative prayer that, it imitates what God does, he said. he and it both deserves and needs to be rain- 'There is an enormous hunger for the ~ istered to," among the laity he said.spiritual dimension which is not always met Centering prayer is based on the con-through typical parish structure," Keating ~, cept ,,that God is not "out there or "up said. lat above but present within each person.The practice of contemplative prayerwas he Centering prayer stresses silence, both ex- widespread in the Church until the Ref- temal and internal, in order to engage in ormafion, when the focus of the Church Pa a relationship with God within, turned to emphasis of doctrine to counter Expressed most simply, Keating said, it is various heresies. Pa gt ' Fastin akes t new meaning Catholics rediscover benefits re] By John Woods Hoar .said that fasting as a way of getting %, doser to God and for intentions such as the Ol Springfield, MA (CNS) - The traditional world situation and the unborn is on the ~'~ Catholic idea of fasting has taken on new rise on college campuses and elsewhere. rneaningin recentyears, according to those "Now people are electing to fast for familiar with various forms of spirituality, peace, or for friends who are in trouble, or tia Fasting or abstaining from food or meat for other special intentions, he said, "and as a religous practice in accordance with not ha. a sense of obligation or for fear of l~r Church law, especially during Lent, is no eternal damnation, but for genuine spiritual longer simply following Church doctrine, closenesstoGod and fellow human beings." fri the experts said in interviews with The Some observers are not sure whether Catholic Observer, Springfield diocesan ' ~ hy newspaper, fri Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are the only days when Catholics in Latin rite are ~ 'fi( required to fast - that is, to limit their food consumption to one main meal and two vea ,. smaller meals, with no snacking in between. " / I ~c In the U.S. Church, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and the Fridays of Lent also are days fasting is on the rise or whether world events of abstinence from meat. have simply brought it more into the open. hll "More and more people are seeing it as "Now, especially because of the war, 1) a tool for spiritual grove__ and a way of people are talking about fasting, said Vir- Jar living life more simply, said James Greer, ginia Towner, A Daughter of the Heart of u[ 8 retreat director at Our Mother of Sorrows Mary and director of the Marian Center in hc Passionist Retreat House in West Spring- Holyoke, MA. af field. "It makes us aware of our need for "But fasting is a very personal thing," she God. Our God is a God who wants to feed said. "Not many people who fast want to us, and fasting puts the spiritual food in a share thatwith others. I know many people different perspective. When we are willing who have ahrays fasted, but don't want it to deny ourselves food, we remove obstades known." that keep us from knowing our feelings in Towner said fasting is not simply abstairv the purest sense, and also those obstacles in ing from food, but abstaining from anything our relationships with God." pleasurable. She .said the most rewarding "There is a new reality about fasting," form of fasting is active" fasting, that is, said Rev. Leo Hoar, chaplain at Springfield doing something for others rather than College. "Before Vatican II, people just denying oneself pleasure. dreaded Lent because of all the fasting, and "People have the idea that the more they it wasn't a spiritual fasting, it was an obliga- do without the beret, she mid. "But it's tory fasting. It lost its sense of spirituality better to give to others, and that's giving up when it was Church h-w." ...... o e .lf in an even deeper way." with COC. Full time position. 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