The Importance of Centering Prayer According to Leona English (1996), St. Teresa of Avila saw potential in St John of the Cross so she mentored him in order for him to understand the knowledge that she had toward the mystique of God (86). The Christian meditative tradition as taught by St. Teresa of Avila and of St. John of the Cross continue to play a role in helping people to build a relationship with God through prayer. Thomas Keating, the author of several books, has focused on the concept of Centering Prayer. Keating has taken time to explain different meanings in his books so that the lay person can understand the steps in Centering Prayer. Centering Prayer consists of meditative prayer that builds a personal relationship with...The end:
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