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Maria’s “It Is Time” CD will help you make centering prayer a part of your daily spiritual practices. 

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What is The Deeper Connection?

The Deeper Connection is an ecumenical Christian ministry and global community here to accompany, support, teach, guide and love you into your authentic self in Christ through the practices of Contemplative Christian Spirituality. The Deeper Connection offers Spiritual Direction, workshops, retreats, contemplative worship and prayer gatherings, centering prayer meetings, audio and video recordings of guided prayer and meditations and contemplative scripture study. Welcome to the journey to your truest self, to a beautiful relationship with God and others. Welcome to the path toward inner freedom, joy, healing, peace, and love.

Why Make The Deeper Connection?

During these times of fast-paced, anxiety and stress producing lifestyles, technology over-load, draining schedules, 24/7 fear inducing news, demanding responsibilities, and critical decisions our hearts and souls long for freedom, transformation and peace that only comes from an authentic deep connection with God. Today’s Contemplative Christian Tradition reaches back to the Christian spirituality of the original desert communities alive throughout the ages, making it accessible to us today. The Holy Spirit has been the Teacher and Guide for all the saints, mystics, believers and seekers through all millennia and continues to transform and form within us the essence of our Christian belief – The Deeper Connection – understood best in the words of Jesus from John 17:21-23:

“That all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.  I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

The practices and spiritual disciplines of solitude, silence, service, prayer, meditation and study have always been and continue to be the foundation of the Contemplative Christian Tradition.

Who is Maria?

Spiritual Seeker. Soul Healer. Meditation Master.

Rev. Maria E. Gullo, MSPC, Spiritual Director, is an active contemplative, a ballroom dancer, business owner, mother and grandmother. As the Founding director of The Deeper Connection, Maria is dedicated to teaching, supporting and sharing the contemplative dimension of Christianity. In addition to having a graduate degree in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction, she is an ordained minister with the Federation of Christian Ministries. Maria helps others develop a deeper connection, clearer understanding and authentic relationship with self, God and others.She teaches contemplative Christian spirituality, conducts workshops, retreats, lectures and contemplative worship services.

Prayer & Meditation

Come Holy Spirit
Centering Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer
It Is Time
St. Francis Prayer
130 k Plays
30 k Meditators
25 k Hours

Life Celebration

As an ordained minister through the Federation of Christian Ministries, Maria honors and reveres all celebrations of life, from officiating weddings, funerals and christenings to ministering to the infirm, terminally ill as well as the families and friends. Maria brings her unique ability to minister the grace and peace of Christ during these special lifetime moments; to make them truly immersive and create the sublime space to be wholly present in the Spirit of God.

Audio Meditation

Maria’s Contemplative Christian meditations have been enjoyed globally by more than 20,000 people world-wide. Her audio tracks, available for streaming play on the Insight Timer app, has enjoyed over 78,000 plays across 16,000 hours. We invite and encourage all to visit Maria’s profile on Insight Timer and download the app to your smartphone or tablet to begin your daily contemplative prayer practice today.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual Direction offers people a supportive, non-judgmental confidential place to share and understand their personal stories, recognizing the Divine Presence in and through all of life. Spiritual direction invites us to a deeper connection, recognition and understanding of God, ourselves and others that helps bring about authentic healing, growth and transformation.

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