Living Flame Formation (Fall 2018)

- Christian Contemplative Experience -


Holy Family and Contemplative Outreach of Connecticut are teaming up to offer this program beginning in the fall of 2018.  Living Flame is a two year Contemplative Formation Program that has been offered nationally by Contemplative Outreach Ltd. since 1993. The two-year Living Flame program was last completed in Connecticut in 2014 – 2016.

This Contemplative Formation program includes seven full-day Saturday sessions offering in-depth spiritual study presented by commissioned presenters from the various Contemplative Outreach Service Teams located around the United States. Designed to teach the vital conceptual background needed to support a faithful practice of Centering Prayer, the program also:

  • offers encouragement and support in a small community setting;
  • heightens the awareness of the purification process;
  • helps discern when psychological skills can be helpful tools;
  • and provides the opportunity to give and receive spiritual companionship.

All sessions will be held at the Holy Family.

The Living Flame program consists of the following 7 sessions:

  1. Refinement of Centering Prayer - Topics covered include Exploring the sacred symbols (word, breath, glance), Active/Breath Prayer, Minute Book.
  2. Lectio Divina - Topics covered include Scholastic method, Christian prayer rooted in Scripture, Relationship.
  3. The Human Condition - Topics covered include True self/false self, emotional programs for happiness.
  4. Divine Therapy -Topics covered include Understanding the Spiral Staircase, the healing process initiated by Centering Prayer.
  5. The Dark Night of Sense - Topics covered include Signs/Temptations, Mourning.
  6. Welcoming Prayer -Topics covered include Consent on the go, Mary and Martha
  7. Discernment - Topics covered include Advantages/disadvantages, refining our question.

Participants are asked to commit to attend all 7 sessions of Living Flame. In addition, we highly recommend that Participants have an established Centering Prayer practice of at least 1 year. People with less than a 1 year practice will be considered based upon a brief interview. In order to ensure consistent background for all those attending, we recommend Participants who have not done so recently to attend Introductory Workshops in Centering Prayer and Lectio Divina which are being offered regularly at Holy Family.

Year 1 applications now being accepted, complete form below for consideration.

Mike Smoolca will be in touch shortly to discuss your application and interest.


Living Flame Application Form


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