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The Contemplative Journey
Father Thomas Keating "The cloud of unknowing" is one of Christianity's enduring mysteries - a meditative state where God is experienced on the deepest interior level. On The Contemplative Journey, Father Thomas Keating teaches his uplifting system of Centering Prayer, a revival of the contemplations practiced in the cloisters and monasteries of Europe since medieval times ...more
Audio CD, 0 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Sounds True
(first published July 1st 1997)
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Some good advice here and there, but most of it is post-vatican II psychoanalytic roo-rah. With rarely a trace of orthodoxy left, Keating seems to believe that Jesus was a wisdom teacher whose sole purpose was to lead us in eliminating the negative unconscious emotions that trap us from making good, sturdy choices. The scandal of the Gospel becomes nothing but an attempt to soothe our anxious little lives.
I didn't realize when I got this that it was essentially a live conference presentation of the same material that makes up the book "An Invitation to Love". Overall the book was more polished and more eloquent, but if you want an audiobook version of that book I think this is the closest thing available.
this long volume covers EVERYTHING a person would need to know about social justice, religion, meditation, self-growth in wisdom and love ... no holes barred this book is the ultimate summary!! the man just plain knows what he's talking about. believe him. because it works the way he outlines life and our participation in it at the deepest levels, both consciously and unconsciously
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