Finding Grace at the Center: The Beginning of Centering Prayer

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2007 - Religion - 111 pages
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A new edition of the classic that helped launch the Centering Prayer movement.

Centering Prayer is a precious part of the ancient spiritual traditions of the West. When Finding Grace at the Center was first published in 1978, people all over the world welcomed this practical guide to a simple and beautiful form of meditative prayer. Reflections and advice on Centering Prayer's possibilities--and its pitfalls--are presented with clarity and simplicity, with a vision of the deeper life of the soul that contemplative prayer can bring about. Now, with a new foreword by Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault, PhD, another generation will discover the amazing difference Centering Prayer can make in their lives.

 

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Contents

Foreword to the Third Edition
9
Foreword to the 25th Anniversary Edition
17
Foreword to the First Edition
21
Centering Prayer
27
Cultivating the Centering Prayer
53
Contemplative Prayer in Christian Tradition
69
Finding Grace at the Center
87
Focus on Centering Prayer
107
Resources
109
About the Authors
113
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After his ordination in 1957, M. Basil Pennington spent several years studying in Rome and received and S.T.L. and a J.C.L. He assisted at the Second Vatican Council as a peritus and in the preparation of the new Code of Canon Law. He started Cistercian Publications in 1968 and founded the Institute of Cistercian Studies at Western Michigan University in 1973. He became known through his efforts to help the Church refind its contemplative dimension through the Centering Prayer movement.

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.

Thomas E. Clarke, SJ , is a well-known Jesuit writer and spiritual father. He now resides at Bethany Retreat Center in Highland Mills, New York.

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