The Better Part: Stages of Contemplative Living by Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O.The Better Part: Stages of Contemplative Living by Thomas Keating, O.C.S.O.

The Better Part: Stages of Contemplative Living

byThomas Keating, O.C.S.O.

Paperback | May 15, 2007

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The talks on which this book was based were given at the John Main Seminar in 1998, the annual international event of the World Community for Christian Meditaion. Previous presenters have included the Dalai Lama, Jean Vanier, Bede Griffi ths, and William Johnston. Father Keating's enlightening commentary on the contemplative meaning of the gospel, particularly the story of the siblings from Bethany, Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, fi ts into the great monstic tradition of Christian teaching. A monk refl ects on Scripture in the light of experience. He or she utters a word that startles his listeners into realizing that tradition is not a matter of secondhand experience but the living and human self-transmission of Christ to his disciples.

Trappist Monk Thomas Keating is the founder of the Snowmass Interreligious Conference and a member of the peace council. Keating was appointed superior of St. Benedict's Monastery in 1958 and was made Abbot of St. Joseph's Abbey in 1961. He is the former chairman of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue. Keating has written Awakenings, ...
Title:The Better Part: Stages of Contemplative LivingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 7.73 × 5.02 × 0.37 inPublished:May 15, 2007Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0826428207

ISBN - 13:9780826428202


Table of Contents

1. The Household of Bethany 2. Lectio Divina 3. The Eucharist 4. The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel 5. The Psychological Experience of Centering Prayer 6. Questions and Answers 7. A Look at the Future

Editorial Reviews

Reviewed in Catholic Library World, March 2001 Highlights: "This book is easy and enjoyable to read. Those who are interested in "the better part" will be pleased and encouraged to find ways to help themselves along the path."