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The Better Part: Stages of Contemplative Living

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The talks on which this book was based were given at the John Main Seminar in 1998, the annual international event of the World Community for Christian Meditaion. Previous presenters have included the Dalai Lama, Jean Vanier, Bede Griffi ths, and William Johnston. Father Keating's enlightening commentary on the contemplative meaning of the gospel, particularly the story of ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published 2000 by Continuum
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David Porter
Written with spiritual simplicity, this book is a wonderfiul introduction to someone, like myself, who had never heard of Centering Prayer.

Most interesting for me were the following passages:

"The spiritual journey is very hard to initiate if we have interiorized a negative or emotionally charged idea of God in early childhood such as 'God is a implacable judge.......or a policeman on the watch to catch me if I do wrong.' This is not religious education; it is a form of terrorism. I
Oct 05, 2012 Michael rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in contemplative prayer
This was truly a wonderful book. I was afraid that the book would be a very woo-woo mystical kind of book about communing with the Divine. Instead it was a very readable, plain, easy to understand and oftentimes humorous introduction to the practice of Centering Prayer. It reminded me a lot of books about Buddhist meditation, especially Zen, which talk about the fact that you're already "there" so there is no "there" to get to. Just breathe and sit and wait.
Joy Matteson
Feb 11, 2013 Joy Matteson rated it really liked it
This is a great short book for those who wish to understand more of how contemplative prayer works in daily life. I appreciated Father Keating's words as he breaks the contemplative life into stages, and doesn't just tell the reader that the goal is for spiritual consolation--it's a way of life. Very good read.
Feb 16, 2012 Jill rated it really liked it
Insightful description and context regarding the Western model of spirituality, (Pre-Vatican II). Loved his discourse about Lectio Divina.
Sep 13, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
beautifully written to help one understand living the life God calls us to live.
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Sep 04, 2012 Agustin Estrada rated it it was amazing
Buena introducción a la espiritualidad de Fr Thomas Keating.
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Keating entered the Cistercian Order in Valley Falls, Rhode Island in January, 1944. He was appointed Superior of St. Benedict's Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado in 1958, and was elected abbot of St. Joseph's Abbey, Spencer, Massachusetts in 1961. He returned to Snowmass after retiring as abbot of Spencer in 1981, where he established a program of ten-day intensive retreats in the practice of Centeri ...more
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