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Upcoming Events

Contemplative Lounge: The Grateful Heart and Centering Prayer
Nov 10, 2018
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Des Moines: 10th Annual Advent Silent Retreat
Dec. 8, 2018
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Ames: Advent Silent Retreat
Dec. 8, 2018
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18-Hour Lenten Retreat
March 8-9, 2019
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Contemplation is essentially a listening in silence, an expectancy. And yet in a certain sense, we must truly begin to hear God when we have ceased to listen. What is the explanation of this paradox? Perhaps only that there is a higher kind of listening, which is not attentiveness to some special wavelength, a receptivity to a certain kind of message, but a general emptiness that waits to realize the fullness of the message of God within its own apparent void.
--Thomas Merton