Video recordings of these Half-Day Retreats are now available.
If you were a registered attendee and made a goodwill offering for the event, you may request a request a video free-of-charge. If you did not attend the program, but would like a video recording of it, you may request one with a donation of $20. Make your donation here.


“Guard of the Heart”
COMW Virtual Half-Day Retreat
Led by Bob Mischke

Recorded Saturday, July 10, 2021

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“Guard of the Heart … disposes us to let go of personal likes and dislikes and to accept painful situations as they arise.”
“It deals with the whole of life. It expresses our ongoing intention to be with God in the present moment and sustains it.”

Fr. Thomas Keating as told to Bob Mischke

Bob Mischke is a National Contemplative Outreach Ltd. speaker, serves on the Contemplative Outreach Ltd.’s Group Facilitator Support Service Team, and volunteers for the Denver Center for Contemplative Living.


“The Cloud of Unknowing”
COMW Virtual Half-Day Retreat
Led by LJ Milone

Recorded Saturday, June 26, 2021

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An anonymous Christian contemplative from the middle ages wrote the classic work The Cloud of Unknowing. Centering Prayer, of course, is based on this seminal work of spiritual practice. The whole of The Cloud of Unknowing is about contemplation. The practice of contemplation goes beyond the mind. It goes into unknowing. The author is insistent on this point. Our minds cannot grasp God because God is transcendent mystery. Therefore, we must pray beyond the thinking mind.

In this half-day retreat, we will seek to learn how to deepen our practice of Centering Prayer from the mysterious author of The Cloud of Unknowing. There is deep teaching in this work concerning how we deal with thoughts, humility, intention, and growth in divine unity.

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“In the Shadow of Your Wings”
COMW Virtual Half-Day Retreat
Led by Fr. Vincent Pizzuto

Recorded Saturday, May 15, 2021

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“In the shadow of your wings I take refuge, until the times of destruction pass.”
PSALM 57:1

The world is moving into a liminal space, a time of great transition. As the global pandemic wanes under the assault of our vaccines there is renewed hope of a return to ‘normalcy,’ yet for many of us there are new questions emerging as well. What have we learned from a year of isolation: about ourselves, our society, and the counter-cultural nature of our contemplative practice? Undoubtedly in a post-COVID world, we will continue to face ongoing social and ecological upheaval. In light of these challenges, Fr. Pizzuto will discuss the importance of cultivating what he calls “a contemplative refuge of spiritually intimate communities that embody Christ in the world.” With the psalmist, we too are summoned to take refuge in the protective shadow of God’s wings, if we are to hold out the light of hope, healing, and ecological restoration.

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