For a quarter of a century, Trappist monk Fr. Thomas Keating has been contributing articles on Centering Prayer--the contemporary manifestation of the ancient Christian contemplative tradition--to the newsletter of Contemplative Outreach, the organization that he helped establish to promote this tradition. The Thomas Keating Reader gathers for the first time thirty of those articles (some never published elsewhere) to offer a valuable overview of some of the main strands of Fr. Thomas' thinking and practice on Centering Prayer, Lectio Divina, and interreligious dialogue. Rich with insight and humanity, The Thomas Keating Reader offers a broad introduction to the concepts that have animated Contemplative Outreach and reveals the gifts and challenges of the practice of the spiritual life.
Fr. John Anglin, OFM, hails from Boston and presently resides in St. Petersburg, Florida. He became a Franciscan friar in 1964 and was ordained a priest in 1971. He is the author of The Wandering Friar, also published by Lantern Books. He has a wide experience in ministry ranging from high school teacher to parish priest; he also served as a director for the formation of young Franciscans and as a missionary in Bolivia. For almost three decades, he has been an itinerant preacher traveling widely to preach the gospel in both English and Spanish in almost 400 parishes in the United States and Canada.