- Audio CD: 98 pages
- Publisher: Sounds True; 1 edition (October 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1591797365
- ISBN-13: 978-1591797364
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1.8 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #698,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Centering Prayer: A Training Course for Opening to the Presence of God 1st Edition
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About the Author
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.
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Centering prayer, as Thomas Merton would propose, is "centered entirely on the presence of God." In this course, Father Keating suggests we should "rest in silence".
The design of the training course slowly immerses the student in contemplative prayer. This type of prayer, highly recommended by Pope John Paul II, is tough for many people to begin. Most people tend to limit prayer to filling the air with words or song. As John Paul II teaches, meditative or contemplative prayer strongly aids us in becoming closer to our creator.
Keating's approach in this training course is carefully prepared and presented. It is designed to be taken in order. First, a student reads and meditates on each chapter of a workbook. The workbook's six chapters each stimulate meditation.
Second, directions suggest the student take plenty of time. Participants must reflect and practice each concept they learn before moving to new material. Progress should not be hurried.
Third, students should be comfortable with praying on their own before proceeding. Once comfortable, they can use the CDs and prayer cards to continue progress.
The materials are very professional. The six DVDs contain meaningful spiritual insights that expand our view of a loving and caring God. Much of the focus is upon relationships: our relationship with God and a growing relationship with our community.
This is an excellent training course for Centering Prayer. I will recommend it to my parish.
In the program, which includes nine hours of assistance on both DVDs and CDs, with complementary written material, enables those interested in the practice to move beyond the superficial discussion into an in-depth practice.
It is not a substitute for the Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours, or other forms of organized prayer; rather it is another way for those who seek a deeper relationship with Christ to cultivate their prayer life. Prayer is not always easy, it can be hard, and CENTERING PRAYER is an excellent way to further one's ability to be open to the Word of God.
Perhaps the most important learning/reminder for me is tha prayer is not words, but is the opening of ourselves to the presence of God. Prayer becomes not just a conversation but a living communion with God. The participant is invited to enter a place where we realize that we are never seperate from God but always living in Him.
An excellent book/course that can be invaluable in having a relationship with God that makes your life have meaning and a way to offer that meaning to others
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