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Adjusting Your Life's Vision (Bridges to Contemplative Living With Thomas Merton) (v. 7) [Paperback]

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Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.46" Width: 5.61" Height: 0.16"
Weight:   0.22 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 31, 2008
Publisher   Ave Maria Press
ISBN  1594710953  
EAN  9781594710957  

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Gently leads participants on a journey toward spiritual transformation and a more contemplative and peace-filled life. Each eight-session booklet provides an introduction to Merton and contemplative living through prayers, readings from Merton and other spiritual masters, and questions for small group dialogue. Thomas Merton knew that the only way to change the world is by changing individual people. This book is the seventh in the series. It helps participants adjust their visions of life to encampass constant compassion and self-giving love.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jonathan Montaldo is the general editor (with Gray Henry) of the Fons Vitae Thomas Merton Series. He is a former director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University and served as associate director of the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living. He lives in Mantua, New Jersey. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest and directs the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which he founded in 1987. He is the author of many books including Dancing Standing Still, Everything Belongs, Immortal Diamond, The Naked Now, and Silent Compassion. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Parker J. Palmer is a writer, speaker, activist, and the founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal. He is the author of nine books, including The Active Life, The Courage to Teach, The Company of Strangers, Healing the Heart of Democracy, A Hidden Wholeness, and The Promise of Paradox. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Cynthia Bourgeault is an Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader who is principal teacher and advisor at the Contemplative Society. She is the author of eight books: Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Chanting the Psalms, The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, Love Is Stronger than Death, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, Mystical Hope, The Wisdom Jesus, and The Wisdom Way of Knowing. Thomas Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul and 19 other books on psychology and spirituality. His most recent book is A Religion of One s Own. Robert Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. At H. H. Dalai Lama s request, he cofounded the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. He is the translator of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and author of many other books, including The Central Philosophy of Tibet, Inner Revolution, Why the Dalai Lama Matters, and Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet. Huston Smith is the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and distinguished adjunct professor of philosophy, emeritus, at Syracuse University. He is the author of 14 books, including the bestselling The World s and Why Religion Matters. Kallistos Ware is Metropolitan of Diokleia within the Eastern Orthodox Church under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. He is one of the best-known contemporary Eastern Orthodox theologians, and has authored and translated many books including The Inner Kingdom: Collected Works, Volume 1; In the Image of the Trinity: Collected Works, Volume 2, and Praying with Orthodox Tradition. Joan Chittister is a Benedictine nun, an international lecturer and award-winning author of more than 50 books, for which she has won 13 Catholic Press Association awards. She is the founder and executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvenia. James Forest is the author of several books, including biographies of Dorothy Day (All Is Grace) and Thomas Merton (Living with Wisdom). He was a managing editor of the Catholic Worker and is currently international secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship. Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian and author of 31 books on spirituality and culture, including The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, Original Blessing, and A Spirituality Named Compassion. His most recent books are Christian Mystics: 365 Readings and Meditations and Hildegard of Bingen, A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power for the Twenty-first Century. Roger Lipsey is the author of Angelic Mistakes: The Art of Thomas Merton, which won the Louie from the International Thomas Merton Society. Judith Simmer-Brown is a professor of religious studies at Naropa University and is the author of Dakini s Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is professor of Islamic university studies at George Washington University, and the author of more than 50 books, including The Garden of Truth, Knowledge and the Sacred, Religion and the Order of Nature, Science and Civilization in Islam, and Three Muslim Sages. He lives in Washington, DC."

Jonathan Montaldo currently resides in Louisville, in the state of Kentucky.

Jonathan Montaldo has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton
  2. Cistercian Studies (Paperback)
  3. Lent & Easter Wisdom

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Deepening the Life We Already Possess  May 25, 2008
This seventh booklet in the series Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton closes with a quotation I would include on my Best of Merton list. The last of three meditations, it reads in part: "We are the Body of Christ. We have found him, he has found us. We are in Him, He is in us. There is nothing further to look for, except the deepening of this life we already possess. Be content." These meditations are designed for use with the eight small-group sessions presented in Adjusting Your Life's Vision. Each session consists of a psalm passage; editor's introduction to the texts; excerpts from two "voices," Merton's and that of another spiritual writer; and reflection questions.

A brief examination of Session 2, Nonviolence: A Vision of Hope for Humankind, shows how the material flows. The opening reflection from Psalm 16 begins with these words: "I have kept from violence because of your word." In their introduction to the texts, the editors describe Merton's determination to practice nonviolence in thought, word, and deed, as foundational to his understanding of contemplative living. Merton's voice comes from an essay, Blessed Are the Meek, in which he writes that every human possesses "radically sound possibilities," which can surface at any time through the power of love and grace. That thought is echoed in Gandhi's words, "My optimism rests on my belief in the infinite possibilities of the individual to develop nonviolence." The closing questions address nonviolent alternatives to human problems and personal beliefs and behaviors related to the topic.

Each booklet opens with background information and suggestions for using the material. A free leader's guide is also provided. The series and individual booklets are carefully planned to help readers develop the contemplative side of their lives, yet any of the books or sessions could be used by itself. And although the primary audience is small groups, individuals would certainly benefit from the entire series.

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