PRAYER AND MEDITATION

Live Online Meditation

During this time that Mercy Center is closed to visitors, may we continue to hold its sacred space in our hearts and in our practice.

EAST-WEST PROGRAM

A PATH THAT BRIDGES TWO SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS

Fr. Thomas Hand, S.J. (“Hando”) founded the East-West Meditation Program at Mercy Center in 1985, after having lived nearly 30 years in Japan. During his time in Japan, Fr. Hand taught haiku poetry, and studied Zen meditation with Yamada Koun Rosh, who encouraged Western students to learn Zen as a way of deepening their Judeo-Christian faith. Hando’s groundbreaking work laid a strong foundation for the continuity of the Program.

EAST-WEST RESOURCES

Click the East-West Resources to learn more about the history of the East-West program, watch videos of Fr. Greg Mayers and Fr. Thomas Hand, and listen to audio of spiritual talks from East-West teachers.

EVENING MEDITATION​

Until Mercy Center reopens, Wednesday evening meditation takes place from 7:00–8:30 p.m. PDT in live Zoom sessions led by Sr. Judy Cannon from the Rose Room zendo.

EAST-WEST
CENTER DAY

Until Mercy Center reopens, Center Day meets on first Sundays of the month from 9:30-11:00 a.m. PDT in live Zoom sessions led by Margaret Gainer.

HAIKU POETRY GROUP

The Four Seasons Haiku Kai meets quarterly to share and learn about haiku.

All who are interested in this fun and meditative approach to writing haiku are welcome. No pre-registration required.

About the Haiku Kai

Click below to read a recent meeting report. Inclusion in a meeting report does not constitute publication.

The Four Seasons
Haiku Kai

Mercy Center’s temporary closure.

If you would like to share your own haiku on the theme of “Clouds & Sky” with the other haiku group members, E-mail Mark Werlin.

We hope to meet again at Mercy Center on Saturday, August 8, 2020.

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Centering Prayer

Live Online Centering Prayer

We are offering Centering Prayer live online via Zoom with Joy Andrews Hayter and Catherine Regan.

Days/Times: Thursday afternoons at 12:30 pm, Sunday mornings at 8:30 am.

CENTERING PRAYER

A PATH THAT BRIDGES TWO SPIRITUAL TRADITIONS

Centering Prayer is a method of prayer which prepares us to receive the gift of God’s presence. This was traditionally called contemplative prayer.
Contemplative prayer is the opening of mind and heart — our whole being — to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words and emotions. Centering Prayer facilitates the movement from more active modes of prayer — verbal, mental or affective prayer — into a receptive prayer of resting in God. It emphasizes prayer as a personal relationship with God.


A restructuring of consciousness takes place which empowers one to perceive, relate, and respond with increasing sensitivity to the divine presence in, through, and beyond everything that exists.”

Thomas Keating (March 7, 1923 – October 25, 2018)

LIVE ONLINE CENTERING PRAYER

We are offering Centering Prayer live online via Zoom with Joy Andrews Hayter and Catherine Regan. Days/Times: Thursday afternoons at 12:30 pm, Sunday mornings at 8:30 am.

ONLINE CENTERING PRAYER RETREA

We are offering Centering Prayer live online via Zoom with Joy Andrews Hayter and Catherine Regan.

Days/Times: Thursday afternoons at 12:30 pm, Sunday mornings at 8:30 am.

OUTREACH

Our four-session Introduction to Centering Prayer includes both instruction and practice in a method that fosters contemplative prayer.

OUTREACH

Centering Prayer can be very helpful for those who are struggling with economic hardship, life crisis, and incarceration. In the midst of the chaos, Centering offers a way to transform rage, pain and frustration into liberating freedom. If you would like to sponsor someone who is going through a difficult transition, so that they can attend an introductory series or a daylong event, please contact us.

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TAIZÉ PRAYER

First Fridays at Mercy Center by Suzanne Toolan, RSM

On the 1st Friday of the month, at 8:00 p.m. in the Chapel at Mercy Center Burlingame, prayers are held around the Cross. It is an opportunity to express our communion with those who are suffering and to commit all burdens to Christ who partakes in the suffering of humanity until the end of time.

In 1940 Brother Roger settled in the village of Taizé, France to offer a haven for political refugees. From the start the community was characterized by the search for peace and reconciliation in the human family. Brother Roger’s intention was to gather together people who would commit themselves for life to celibacy and to live together, in order to form a “parable community.”

Today the ecumenical community that he founded includes Catholic and Protestant brothers from some 20 countries. Some brothers live in Taizé, others in fraternities among the poorest of the poor all over the world, in slums in Africa, Asia and South America.

Beginning in the 1960’s thousands of young people have come to Taizé in their search for meaning. But Taizé has always refused to create a movement, instead encouraging people to become involved in local churches and society.

In that same spirit of peace and reconciliation, Mercy Center’s Taizé services are attended by people of all ages. Join us on the first Friday evening of the month as we enter together in song.

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PROGRAMAS EN ESPAÑOL

PROGRAMS EN 2020

Dios nos habla en el Cosmos

Cuando: 24-26 de enero

Día De Oración Para Cuaresma

Cuando: Sábado, 1 marzo, 2020

Retiro Ignaciano en Silencio

Cuando: Fin de semana 10-12 de Julio 2020

Profundizando y Practicando El Arte de Acompañamiento Espiritual / Dirección Espiritual

Cuando: Agosto – Noviembre 2020

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