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Spirit Journal – May 2015


Contemplative Outreach, Chicago, is launching this online publication – Spirit Journal – in an attempt to create a supportive online community for Chicago-area contemplatives. We hope to be able to point readers like you toward activities, resources, information and inspiration that will support your spiritual journey. At the same time, we hope that you will share your knowledge and thoughts with us and with other readers.

Please let us know what you think of this issue and to start your side of the conversation by emailing the newsletter editor at We look forward to hearing from you.


Midsummer Retreats at the Port: Intensive and Post-Intensive

The Port for Prayer, Franklin, IL

The Practice of the Presence of God

by Ted Curtis

At one of the national meetings of Contemplative Outreach held in Chicago over the past two decades Thomas Keating stood up, after some 800 people had prayed in silence for 20 minutes, and said he was going to tell us what each of us could do for Contemplative Outreach.  I reached for my pen, smoothed out the paper on my lap, and prepared to take notes. Continue Reading →

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