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Centered Living - Basil Pennington

Paperback Published: 1st August 1999
ISBN: 9780764804953
Number Of Pages: 214

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One of the most popular meditative techniques in today's worm is the practice of centering prayer. The spiritual insights of "centering" have profoundly changed the lives of Christians everywhere. In its simplicity, it opens our hearts to God and leads us into the fullness of life.Written for both the experienced and beginning pray-er, this enriching book is a helpful tutor for one who practices or wishes to practice centering prayer. In easy-to-understand, non-technical terms, popular author M. Basil Pennington combines testimonies of practitioners, updated guidelines for centering prayer, theological reflections, and helpful hints for teaching others in an exploration of all the essential information about this popular contemplative technique. For Father Pennington and millions of Christians worldwide, it is the experience of prayer rather than the mere words that connects us with the larger mysteries of life and the universe.More than just a compilation of facts and practical suggestions, Centered Living situates "centering" within Catholic theology -- making it a valuable resource for even the most seasoned pray-er or catechist. However, the simplicity of Father Pennington's language also enables newcomers, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, to develop a firm grasp on the practice. Perfect for anyone looking to renew his or her prayer life.

Foreword to the New Editionp. ix
Forewordp. xix
Prefacep. xxiii
Free to Be Faithfulp. 1
"We Are Legion"p. 6
How Did We Get Here?p. 16
The Untold Fruits of Centering Prayerp. 28
Refining the Rulesp. 42
Contemplation and Methodp. 53
Deepening Our Understandingp. 65
Thomas Merton and Centering Prayerp. 68
Transformation of Consciousnessp. 83
Pure Consciousnessp. 93
The Cosmic Personp. 106
Ours for the Receivingp. 115
"...and I Will Refresh You"p. 122
Where's the Cross?p. 129
Has the Lord Gone to Dalmanutha?p. 134
Sharing the Giftp. 141
Courage!p. 144
Sharers of the Wordp. 149
Return to the Fatherp. 156
There Is a Time and a Place--and a Wayp. 164
A Checklist for Sharers and Teachersp. 170
Follow-Upp. 179
Centering Prayer Groupsp. 186
Beyond the Christian Communityp. 193
Epilogue: A Centered Lifep. 201
Appendixesp. 205
Guidelines for Centering Prayerp. 207
Guidelines for Lectio Divinap. 209
Guidelines for Preparing a Rule of Lifep. 210
Select Bibliographyp. 212
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ISBN: 9780764804953
ISBN-10: 0764804952
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 214
Published: 1st August 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.93 x 14.17  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.31