Intimacy with God An Introduction to Centering Prayer

ISBN-10: 0824525299
ISBN-13: 9780824525293
Edition: 3rd
Authors: Thomas Keating
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List price: $16.95
Edition: 3rd
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company, The
Publication date: 9/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.50" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.616
Language: English

A poetic and accessible introduction to the method of Centering Prayer, this guide explains its origins, theological basis, and psychology by drawing on the writings of important Catholic figures, such as St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, and significant texts, such asThe Cloud of Unknowing.Describing the theological basis for the Centering Prayer while staying rooted in the heart of a practice that is very personal and intimate, the study explores how harmful attitudes and beliefs about God can distort a positive relationship with the divine. With a careful balance of both Christian and Buddhist philosophy, the volume also discusses the psychological barriers and levels of resistance that contemplatives must face and bolsters seekers with supportive practices likeLectico Divina(holy reading) and praying the rosary.Updated to include a new foreword, this revised edition of a much loved classic is sure to inspire a deeply intimate experience with God.

Trappist Monk Thomas Keating is the founder of the Snowmass Interreligious Conference and a member of the peace council. Keating was appointed superior of St. Benedict's Monastery in 1958 and was made Abbot of St. Joseph's Abbey in 1961. He is the former chairman of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. Keating has written Awakenings, a collection of homilies and Active Meditations for Contemplative Prayer, a collection of his most significant writing.

Foreword
Introduction
The Practice
Making Friends with God
Will And Intension: Moving through the Practice
Orienting Ourselves Towards God
Divine Therapy
Deepening the Experience
Guiding Contemplatives
Supportive Practices
Lectio Divina: Listening to Scripture
Praying the Rosary
Centering Prayer in the World
The Roots of Christian Contemplation
Contemplative Vision for Our Times
The Charismatic Renewal
From the Inside Out
Glossary of Terms
Acknowledgments
Selected Bibliography

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