COMW Video Library

Click here to place your order for the video recordings of our Half-Day Retreat programs. Videos are available with a COMW contribution of $20.  Program attendees receive our videos free-of-charge with their registration and $25 program contribution.

RECORDED SATURDAY, APRIL 9, 2022

The Welcoming Prayer

Led by Mary Dwyer

The Welcoming Prayer is a method of consenting to God’s presence and action in the midst of the ordinary routines of our daily lives. To practice Welcoming allows us to make choices free of the domination of the false self system. We begin to respond rather than automatically react to life on life’s terms. As the originator of Welcoming, Mary Mrozowski, stated, “To welcome and to let go is one of the most radically loving, faith-filled gestures we can make in each moment of each day. It is an open-hearted embrace of all that is in ourselves and in the world.”

During this recorded Workshop we learned the conceptual background, The Welcoming Prayer practice, and practiced it in community.

RECORDED SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2022

God is Love, the Heart of All Creation Part 2

An Interview of Thomas Keating by Carl J. Arico

Video and Discussion led by Kathleen Blank Riether

In Part 2 of our two part series based on God Is Love, The Heart of All Creation, we will begin with Thomas Keating reflecting on the silence in Centering Prayer as the first step in what Christian theology understands as the path of contemplation taking us into divine union. Centering Prayer reduces the obstacles to our awareness of God’s presence and communications to us. 

RECORDED SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2022

God is Love, the Heart of All Creation

An Interview of Thomas Keating by Carl J. Arico

Video and Discussion led by Benedicte Christensen

The video series God is Love, The Heart of All Creation was filmed in Snowmass, CO, in 2013. This half-day retreat focused on two segments: Prologue on cosmology and the human evolution. Thomas Keating explains how scientific discoveries have led us to a new cosmology based on our evolving understanding of God and how the Universe was created. 

RECORDED SATURDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2021

Icons as Portals for Unlocking the Contemplative Heart

Led by Mary Altalo

Icons are considered as “writings of the heart” which open the contemplative to “Behold” the Glory of the Lord. This “Beholding” transfigures the way we see the world, how we act in it, and conveys the great hope of God’s enduring love and wisdom as promised in the Covenant of Peace. Here we practice contemplative “Beholding” through Visio Divina of icons and see that there are really two Christmas stories of Incarnation occurring during this season. Mary Altalo also provides a PowerPoint presentation, which includes more icons than presented at the Retreat. They can be used in conjunction with the Visio Divina practice explained in slide 4. Download Handouts

RECORDED SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2021

“Lectio Divina Retreat”

Led by Mike Potter

How does the dynamic of the four moments of Lectio Divina play out in daily life? This retreat video offers an introduction to and practice of the monastic form of Lectio Divina, and extends it to our own lives through a guided meditation, as we read the scriptures of our lives in a lectio manner and try to be attentive to what God is saying to us.

RECORDED SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021

The Cloud of Unknowing” Sequel

Led by LJ Milone

“Just a wonderful contemplative approach to this author!” Quote from Attendee

A sequel to his program offered in June, LJ Milone takes a deeper look into the writings of this mysterious author and offers helpful ways to enhance your contemplative practice. (See June 26 video recording.)

RECORDED SATURDAY, AUGUST 21, 2021

“Finding Your True Self”

Led by David Morgan
“What you’re looking for is where you’re looking from.”  St. Francis of Assisi

In his book, New Seeds of Contemplation, Thomas Merton called our “thought-made self,” the story we tell ourselves about who we are, our “false self” distinguishing it from our deepest “true self.” In this half-day retreat, David Morgan from the COMW leadership team helps us explore our true selves and facilitate a discussion on the teachings of Thomas Merton, Richard Rohr, Basil Pennington, Thomas Keating and others.

RECORDED SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2021

“Guard of the Heart”

Led by Bob Mischke

“Guard of the Heart … disposes us to let go of personal likes and dislikes and to accept painful situations as they arise.” Fr. Thomas Keating as told to Bob Mischke. A traditional way to enrich your contemplative practice.

RECORDED SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 2021

“The Cloud of Unknowing”

Led by L.J. Milone

In this half-day retreat, we 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.

RECORDED SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2021

“In The Shadow of Your Wings”

Led by Fr. Vincent Pizzuto

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