Invitation to Love
Invitation to Love provides a road map for the journey that begins when Centering Prayer is seriously undertaken. Pointing to some of the recognizable landmarks on this journey, as well as to its ultimate destination, Father Keating addresses common questions...
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Invitation to Love provides a road map for the journey that begins when Centering Prayer is seriously undertaken. Pointing to some of the recognizable landmarks on this journey, as well as to its ultimate destination, Father Keating addresses common questions regarding contemplative practice: How will it affect my life? Where does it lead us spiritually? What obstacles will I encounter along the way? How does it work? Following on from Open Mind, Open Heart, this book establishes a dialogue between the insights of contemporary psychology and the classic Christian spiritual masters, providing a solid conceptual background for the practice of Centering Prayer. This is a practical book, articulating the stages of the process of spiritual growth, and outlining how we might develop a deeper relationship with God and move from contemplation to action.
Thomas Keating, founder of the centering prayer movement, is an author, teacher, and monk who has worked for many years to foster understanding among the world's religions. A member of the Cistercian Order in the Benedictine tradition, Father Keating has served at monasteries in Colorado and Massachusetts. He currently directs retreats in the practice of Centering Prayer, a cornerstone of contemporary Christian contemplative practice. He is the author of the best-selling Open Mind, Open Heart, Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit, St. Th r se of Lisieux, Manifesting God, The Transformation of Suffer
- Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Emotional Programs For Happiness; 2. The False Self In Action; 3. The Afflictive Emotions; 4. The Human Condition; 5. Mythic Membership Consciousness; 6. Attitudes Towards God; 7. Mental Egoic Consciousness; 8. The Four Consents; 9. Bernie; 10. Anthony As A Paradigm Of The Spiritual Journey; 11. The Night Of Sense: Freedom From The False Self; 12. Special Trials In The Night Of Sense; 13. Anthony In The Tombs: Freedom From Cultural Conditioning; 14. The Effects Of The Night Of Sense; 15. The Stages Of Contemplative Prayer; 16. The Night Of Spirit; 17. The Transforming Union; 18. The First Four Beatitudes; 19. The Last Four Beatitudes; 20. The Essence Of Centering Prayer; 21. Pure Faith; 22. From Contemplation To Action; 23. Contemplation In Action; 24. Spirituality In Everyday Life; Appendices; Notes; Glossary Of Terms; Bibliography.