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Centering Prayer in Daily Life and Ministry
This book, with its ecumenical group of contributors, celebrates Centering Prayer as a common ground for Christian unity. It marks the first time that people other than William Meninger, Basil Pennington, and Thomas Keating (the three Trappist monks who distilled Centering Prayer from the Christian contmeplative heritage) have written in depth on Centering Prayer, its bene ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 1st 1997 by Bloomsbury Academic
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This is probably a great book for someone else but for me, eh, not so much. I was hoping for more definition of lectio divina and the like. I can't say I've ever had something close to the experience of prayer these authors described and that probably says more about me than it does about them. It's not a bad book. Your mileage may vary.
This book is a collection of essays about centering prayer written , primarily, by Episcopalian ministers and other clergy. Thomas Keating provides an appendix for centering prayer method, and the book begins with his essay on centering prayer. Pennington writes an essay about lector divina, which is a method of prayer whereby through "hearing the Word" the practitioner " hears God speaking through the inspired Word" (21). It was an interesting book to read from the various perspectives. Audienc ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Eugene Pustoshkin rated it really liked it
In overall, it’s a nice collection of essays on the influence of Christian contemplative prayer on various aspects of spiritual life. It’s good to get some taste of what’s going on with the attempts to revive contemplation and direct apprehension of Spirit as stillness in contemporary Christianity (with contemplative prayer being an ancient practice that arose from within the Christian tradition rather than something borrowed from the Oriental).
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