Centering Prayer Teaching & Practice

Br. Nicholas Bartoli invites us to “do less” and let go, as we sit in silence, open to the loving presence of God. This teaching begins with a simple introduction and some instructions on Centering Prayer, then Br. Nicholas invites us to share with him in a twenty-minute practice.


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  1. July on April 6, 2021 at 17:49

    I try to do a daily sacred pause of 5 minutes so this was quite a challenge but I found the use of the word very helpful and also just the presence of another a comfort and encouragement. Thank you for offering this! I look forward to hopefully joining in person sometime.

  2. Bill on March 24, 2021 at 22:07

    A nice, gentle description of the practice of centering prayer. Thank you, Brother Nicholas.

  3. Sheree R Dunnett on March 24, 2021 at 18:59

    Thanks for this, Br. Nicholas. I have been hoping for the opportunity to sit together again and look forward to doing so in person too. Helpful to hear you and Keith (in the other video ) too. Blessings and peace to all the Brothers. SSJE’s online teachings and presence have been such a gift during these disquieting times.

  4. Michael Drell on March 22, 2021 at 02:35

    Thank you for this video! I have studied with you in Cambridge and look forward to another opportunity, but this video was a great refresher for my practice.

  5. Betsey Lunsford on March 21, 2021 at 07:09

    Thank you Brother Bartoli.

    My centering word was light. I was listening to the birds as they made their morning concert to the world.

    What a difference being silent in God’s presence makes anytime of day.

    Thank you for allowing us to join you and have you with us!

    Betsey, DOK
    Saint Hilarys, Fort Myers, FL

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