The Divine Indwelling: Centering Prayer and Its Development

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5.6 X 8.5 X 0.32 inches | 0.36 pounds

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About the Author

Fr. Thomas Keating was a founding member and the spiritual guide of Contemplative Outreach. He served on Contemplative Outreach's Board of Trustees since the organization's beginning and served as the Chairman of the Board. Fr. Keating was one of the principal architects and teachers of the Christian contemplative prayer movement. He was the author of many books, including Open Mind, Open Heart; Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit; and Invitation to Love. He lived for much of his life at St. Joseph's Abbey, Massachusetts, and St. Benedict's Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado. He died in 2019.
Thomas Ward is Professor of Spanish at Loyola University Maryland. He is a corresponding member of the Academia Peruana de la Lengua and the Instituto Ricardo Palma.


Monk Keating has been crucial in reviving "centering prayer," which, in effect, is a work of praying in the medieval spiritual tradition of lectio divina (sacred reading); this collection of essays by Keating, Thomas R. Ward, Sarah A. Butler, George F. Cairns, Paul David Lawson, and Gail Fitzpatrick-Hopler furthers that work by expounding centering prayer itself and applying it to other and more outwardly focused concerns, such as spiritual discernment and parish work. This collection should probably not be used as introduction to centering prayer or lectio divina, but its steady and serious tone make it valuable for practiced readers. For collections where there is an interest in Keating's work.
In The Divine Indwelling, the authors demonstrate the rewarding and challenging nature of centering prayer. This book is ideal for the individual pray-er, but it is also a valuable resource for reading groups, Bible studies, and discussion partners.
Reviewed by Travis du Priest, May 12, 2002

Essays on the evolution of centering prayer, which focuses on God's being present to us all of the time. By well-known writer and speaker Thomas Keating and several Episcopalians, including Thomas Ward and Paul Lawson.