The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in our physical and emotional reactions to events and situations in daily life. The purpose of the Welcoming Prayer is to deepen our relationship with God through consenting in the ordinary activities of our day. The Welcoming Prayer helps to dismantle the emotional programs of the false-self system and to heal the wounds of a lifetime by addressing them where they are stored — in the body. It contributes to the process of transformation in Christ initiated in Centering Prayer.
Practicing the Welcoming Prayer offers the opportunity to make choices free of the false-self system — responding instead of reacting to the present moment. Through the action of the Holy Spirit, the practice empowers us to take appropriate action as freely and lovingly as possible in any situation that presents itself.
“To welcome and to let go
is one of the most
radically loving, faith-filled
gestures we can make
in each moment of each day.
It is an open-hearted embrace
of all that is in ourselves
and in the world.”
— Mary Mrozowski,
creator of the Welcoming Prayer
How do I learn the method of Welcoming Prayer?
One way is by attending a local Welcoming Prayer day or weekend retreat/workshop. There are also Welcoming Prayer immersion retreats. A daily practice of Centering Prayer is recommended as a prerequisite for the Welcoming Prayer program. A daily practice of Centering Prayer is recommended as a prerequisite for the Welcoming Prayer program. Contemplative Outreach of Kansas City offers workshops introducing the practice of Welcoming Prayer and its rationale.
You can also learn the method through an online course. Contemplative Outreach and Spirituality and Practice have developed an online, on-demand course that you can take anywhere, anytime you have internet access. Find out more and register >
Centering Prayer as an 11th Step
This 3-4 hour workshop teaches the method of Centering Prayer, a help to those searching for emotional and spiritual sobriety. It is a method for doing the 11th Step to improve our conscious contact with our Higher Power. “Sought through prayer and meditation” deals with our own personal effort to communicate with a Higher Power.
Read Divine Therapy & Addiction: Centering Prayer and the Twelve Steps by Thomas Keating. The book focuses on the wisdom of the Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve-Step Method and its alignment with Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina.