Divine Therapy and Addiction

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Lantern Books, 2011 - Contemplation - 227 pages
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"All spiritual traditions have a wisdom literature. Alcoholics Anonymous is a spiritual tradition. Its influence and spread in the present century is going to depend on how well each generation of those in recovery assimilate and interiorize the basic wisdom that is enshrined in the Twelve Steps and the Twelve Traditions." --Thomas Keating

In this major new work, Father Thomas Keating reflects on the wisdom and legacy of the Alcoholics Anonymous Twelve-Step Method and its connections to, and similarities with, the Christian mystical traditions of centering prayer and Lectio Divina. In conversation with a long-time member of AA meetings, Father Thomas talks insightfully about surrendering to one's Higher Power and the journey that must be undertaken for the healing of the soul to begin.
 

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Contents

Step One
3
Step Two
17
Step Three
39
Step Four
47
Step Five
57
Step Six and Step Seven
66
The Connectivity of Steps Six Seven and Eleven
99
Step Eight
114
Step Eleven
145
Step Twelve
156
Doing the Steps in Depth
175
Doing the Steps in Depth
177
The Interview
179
The Next Frontier Emotional Sobriety Bill WJanuary 1958
209
An Eleventh Step Prayer Practice
215
Listing of the Twelve Steps
221

Step Nine
124
Step Ten
134

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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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