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Centering Prayer: Renewing an Ancient Christian Prayer Form

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Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 5.46" Width: 6.42" Height: 1.11"
Weight:   0.46 lbs.
Binding  CD
Release Date   Dec 1, 2004
Publisher   ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN  0867166533  
EAN  9780867166538  


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A Classic bestseller, now available in a complete and unabridged audio edition! Centering Prayer is a practical guide to the interior experience of being in God's presence. It offers Christians an approach that brings together Eastern traditions of the early Church and the spirituality of the world today. Father Basil uses advice from the early church Fathers and blends his own wisdom and experience as a Cistercian monk, offering guidance on how to pray, meditate and overcome personal obstacles to prayer.

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A classic bestseller, now available in a complete and unabridged audio edition "Centering Prayer" is a practical guide to the interior experience of being in God's presence. It offers Christians an approach that brings together Eastern traditions of the early Church and the spirituality of the world today. Father Basil uses advice from the early Church Fathers and blends his own wisdom and experience as a Cistercian monk, offering guidance on how to pray, meditate and overcome personal obstacles to prayer.
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M. Basil Pennington M. BASIL PENNINGTON, O.C.S.O., became known internationally through his efforts to help the Church rediscover its contemplative dimension through the Centering Prayer movement. He has lectured widely and published over 50 books and nearly 1,000 articles in various languages. His most recent publications are "Lectio Divina: Renewing the Ancient Practice of Praying the Scriptures" and "Living in the Question." Father Basil is presently living in retirement at St. Joseph s Abbey 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
  2. Voice from the Monastery


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An Excellent Way of Prayer  Jul 2, 2002
The concept of centering prayer is one that can be alienating to many people raised in the traditional American tradition. Most of us have been raised to be "doers,""analyzers,""achievers," etc. To many of us in that category, prayer is something to pursue actively whether it be at Mass, communal prayer, Liturgy of the Hours, etc. The author presents centering prayer as something different, perhaps even beyond our traditional understanding of prayer. "Centering Prayer", by M. Basil Pennington, presents a concept well-suited, yet often challenging for our hectic times. The book, written a number of years ago, presents the method of prayer in a new light, combing eastern Christian spiritual exercises with the context of western spirituality, offering practical guidelines for integrating the "way of prayer" into our daily lives.

The author presents the concept of centering prayer in a simple format, clearly outlining and explaining the history, status and principles of this ancient, but recently revitalized tradition. We are reminded continuously that faith is a gift from God; our ability to pray depends upon our willingness to "rest in the Lord." We are called to empty ourselves and allow God to enter our hearts and our souls. Drawing on a number of sources, including Thomas Merton, Thomas Keating, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross as well as the anonymous author of "The Cloud of Unknowing," Father Pennington offers a simple, cogent discussion of the various aspects of prayer.

Even beyond the text, this book is an invitation. It is an invitation to open oneself to God and the gift of grace. It's neatly arranged chapters offer the reader the opportunity to reflect upon the nature of prayer and reference it frequently as needed. As one progresses in the way of centering prayer, this book is a simple, yet invaluable resource.

 
A Very Disappointing and Frustrating Book  Mar 26, 2002
I have no doubt that Basil Pennington is a very loving and well-meaning man,and an expert on his subject. But he is also very maddening.If you want to know about the background to centering prayer then probably this is as good an introduction to that aspect of the subject as any. But if , like me, you actually want to know how to do centering prayer, then don't bother with this book. It tells you just about everything you could wish to know about the history, benifits, and application of centering prayer (it even tells you how to structure centering prayer retreats and seminars). But unbelievably, within its 254 pages Pennington devotes little more than one page on how to actually do it, and what he does say is vague and interspersed with latin phrases. I have the impression that Pennington has written something more explicit somewhere, but this book is definitely not it.
 
Union with God is possible...  Feb 6, 2002
Centering Prayer is a method to experience direct connection with the Divine. This book explains the terminology, psychology, and processes around this updated and modernized form of contemplative prayer. It is a shame to me that the Church does not emphasize the contemplative dimension of the Gospels more. But luckily we have authors like Basil, Pennington, Keating, and Merton to help us along.

The words that the Catholic Church uses to describe God's divine plan and the methods lay and religeous alike can use to attain Divine Union are frought with confusion and ambiguity. Terms like "economy" and "meditation" are used commonly today but have subtle differences when talking about the spirit and the soul as seen by the Church.

This books explains these anomolies, talks about the commonality and differences with other forms of contemplative prayer from other traditions, and truly opens the door for a Divine relationship with the Trinity.

 
Slipping silently into Center  May 7, 2000
It is with great joy that I accompany the author into the communion of those saints who have mentored both of us; Thomas Merton, to whom he attributes the term, "Centering", Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, Thomas Keating, Edward Hays, the unnamed author of the ancient classic, "The Cloud of Unknowing", among others. His broad acquaintance with spiritual persons sharing the blessing of praying interiorly introduces many others as well. Having recently purchased the hard cover 1980 edition I'm reminded that, had I read it in its entirety 20 years ago, I would have been fascinated, but unable to grasp the metaphoric descriptions of this indescribable form of prayer. A couple of years ago, after years of trying to "make contemplation work", I settled into the prayer phrase, "Gracious Lord, I surrender to your care." I cannot pinpoint the hour during which God's hug enveloped me to allow the holy privilege of slipping silently into Center, but I recognize that it was entirely the work of God, and not of my dogged determination. Because of the many workshops Pennington has conducted, the last section of the book in response to questions raised both by puzzled and skeptical participants echoed many of my own. Perhaps the question section is the place to begin, because the longings expressed therein may remind all of us of our beginnings. I sense those spiritual mothers and fathers smiling as I realize that intense longing is a Grace, a Gift, and as I discovered, a Promise as well.
 

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