Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Michael Castro

Second Advisor

Peter Carlos

Third Advisor

Michael Kramer


The purpose of this paper and documentary video is to present one particular aspect of the Christian contemplative tradition known today as centering prayer.

The topic is addressed by a brief review of ancient contemplation and meditative life styles as practiced by some of the major religions of the world. The focus is then narrowed to view the topic from the Roman Catholic perspective.

In the early Christian church (Roman Catholic) contemplation was the common goal of lay and religious life. 'This approach fell into disuse around the time of the Reformation, but has undergone a renewal in the last generation for many different reasons. The documentary video achieves this by a combination of nature and religious footage combined with excerpts of interviews with people who practice the contemplative life. Instructions on the method of centering prayer is explained in the documentary.

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