May 1, 2021

09:00 am - 05:00 pm

Franciscan Spirituality Center (Virtual Event), 920 Market Street
La Crosse, 54601

Event Website

(608) 791-5295

Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Presenter: Marcia Bentley
Investment: $50
Registration deadline: April 30

Centering Prayer is a modern form of meditation that began in a Trappist monastery in Massachusetts. It is a Christian prayer of silence, a surrendering of ourselves to God. While some Eastern forms of meditation deal with the disciplined focusing of one’s attention (on breath, for example), Centering Prayer is a prayer of intention—we give our consent to God’s presence and action within us. It is a movement toward the center of our being, from our ordinary psychological awareness to our spiritual being, our True Self. The intentional letting go of our emotional programs for happiness and our over-
identification with various groups frees us to enter into a deeper relationship with God. Join us as we uncover the dynamics that make up Centering Prayer, practice silent prayer together, and sample some of the traditions that have grown up around Centering Prayer.

Marcia Bentley is a spiritual director formerly on staff at the Franciscan Spirituality Center. She currently lives in Madison where she practices spiritual direction, leads a weekly Contemplative Prayer Group, and supervises students enrolled in the FSC’s Spiritual Direction Preparation Program. Marcia is a committed practitioner of Centering Prayer, which she credits for contributing to the transformation in her own life from a fast-paced career in the computer field to a deeper, more fulfilling contemplative lifestyle today.