Being in Love: A Practical Guide to Christian Prayer

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Fordham Univ Press, 1999 - Religion - 171 pages
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In Being in Love, William Johnston addresses the question of the purpose of prayer. He shares with the reader the discovery of new ways to a prayerful life that is both meditative and active. His message is to surrender in love to God, to love God with one's own being, through prayer. Here Being in Love shows us how to pray-with heart, mind, intellect and body-as a form of communicating with God, one another, and the world around us. Johnston reveals, using his relationship with the Eastern traditions as a backdrop, the need and importance of finding stillness in our inner lives. He demonstrates in a clear and practical way, how we can make prayer a place for meditation and personal growth.
 

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Contents

Being in Love
9
Prayer and the Body 1
18
Prayer and the Body 2
27
Ways of Praying
35
Grades of Prayer
44
Prayer in Nature
51
Existential Prayer
56
Quietism
63
Second Journey
90
Return to Paradise
100
Existential Dread
108
Night
115
Prayer of Suffering
122
BeinginLove
129
Dialogue
140
Discernment
148

Ego Self God
69
The Mystery of Jesus
76
Crisis
82
Social Consciousness
161
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William Johnston S.J., an Irish priest who teaches at Sophia University in Tokyo, is the author of many acclaimed books, including, from Fordham University Press, Christian Zen: A Way of Meditation, Being in Love: The Practice of Christian Prayer, and Silent Music: The Science of Meditation.

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