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Call to the Center: Gospel's Invitation to Deeper Prayer [Paperback]

By M. Basil Pennington (Author)
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Pages   168
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 1, 2003
Publisher   NEW CITY PRESS
ISBN  1565481844  
EAN  9781565481848  

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Christians have a long-standing ancient tradition of meditation and this book gives clear guidance as to how to engage this increasingly popular practice. Each chapter begins with a passage from the Gospel of Matthew followed by a meditation provided by the author, a Trappist monk, and one of the world's leading experts on the subject of centering prayer. the traditional way of grounding one's prayer and relationship to God in the inspired word of the gospel.--This text refers to the Paperback edition

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Revised and Updated Edition Call to the Center is a refreshing collection of short meditations on the Gospel of Matthew. It is also an invitation to learn the simple and sincere form of prayer from the heart called Centering Prayer. Pennington writes that Centering Prayer is a call, the call, letting everything else go, simply listening: Be still and know that I am your God. Each reflection will lead the reader to an encounter with the One who calls, to talk freely with God, from the heart. Perfect for personal or prayer group study and reflection, and as a resource for retreats and workshops.

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More About M. Basil Pennington

M. Basil Pennington M. Basil Pennington is one of today s more respected spiritual beacons. A Cistercian monk with the avocation of author, he has written over fifty books including Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form (1987) and True Self/False Self: Unmasking the Spirit Within (2000). His community is located in Spencer, Massachusetts.

M. Basil Pennington currently resides in Spencer, in the state of Massachusetts.

M. Basil Pennington has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Spiritual Journey

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Light, duty, faith, and reverence form core principles  Jul 16, 2003
Call To The Center: The Gospel's Invitation To Deeper Prayer is a collection of meditations by M. Basil Pennington (a Cistercian monk of St. Joseph's Abby in Spencer, Massachusetts) on the Gospel of Matthew. This reflections fairly reverberate with an abiding faith and the power of opening one's heart to God. Light, duty, faith, and reverence form core principles in this enlightening work which is a very highly recommended addition to Christian Studies reading lists and library collections.
Pennington at his best!  Oct 13, 2002
The book's title says it all: it is something like a hearing aid, helping us listen to the Gospels with the ears of our hearts. Pennington is so deeply experienced and so learned in this subject that he speaks with supreme authority. He is a teacher to be trusted.
This book will be both a guide for beginners and support for those far along the way of prayer. It will be much loved.
Found What I Was Looking For!  Apr 25, 2000
Trying to live a life centered on love of Christ, and open to his gifts, is not an easy challenge in today's busy world. This new edition of Fr. Basil Pennington's CALL TO THE CENTER is just what I have been looking for as the next book selection for our centering prayer support group. The chapters are short--excellent for an evening's discussion. It is written in a conversational style, but filled with insights for deepening prayer, and helps for avoiding some of the common difficulties. This is a book that can be read and re-read. Fr. Basil's enthusiasm and genuine love for centering prayer will certainly be an inspiration to those new to this form of prayer, and an encouragement for those who have been following the Gospel's invitation to deeper prayer--the book's subtitle--in the years since, as Fr. Basil reminds us, the "Second Vatican Council has made it most clear that all are called to intimate holiness, to the joy of contemplative union with the Lord."

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