In the teachings of Jesus, there are prayers, and then there is prayerthe silent, loving communion with the divine, beyond words or ritual. With Father Thomas Keatings book Open Mind, Open Heart, hundreds of thousands discovered the transformative power of Centering Prayer as a form of Christian meditation. Now, with The Path of Centering Prayer, Keatings senior student, friend, and advisor David Frenette reveals the profound depths of this practice, making it easier for meditators to deepen their connection with God.
Beginning and experienced practitioners alike will benefit from this fresh voice, at once eloquent and clear, as they explore:
- The key insights and principles of Centering Prayer
- Guided instruction in the sacred word, sacred breath, and sacred glance practices
- Gentleness and openness: the way of letting go and letting be
- Experiencing a deeper sense of God in meditation and in everyday life
- Many other contemplative practices and teachings founded upon the wisdom of Fathers Thomas Keating and Thomas Merton
Has your spiritual path grown routine or unfulfilling, or is it at a crossroads for new discovery? For all Christians who seek to move closer into the presence of the divine, The Path of Centering Prayer offers guidance in this rewarding and time-honored meditation practice, to help break through obstacles and illuminate the way.
David Frenette is a leader and senior teacher in the Centering Prayer movement, and a friend and advisor of Father Thomas Keating for 30 years. He co-created and co-led a contemplative retreat community for 10 years, has an MA in transpersonal counseling psychology, and is an adjunct faculty member of Naropa University. He is a spiritual director at the Center for Contemplative Living in Denver, Colorado, as well as for clients worldwide.
Practicing centering prayer awakens one to deeper meaning, as life itself becomes a spiritual journey. With centering prayer and Christian contemplation, instead of just a belief, God becomes a living reality.
In this beautiful book, David Frenette expands the map of the known Centering Prayer universe. With the blessing of his spiritual father, Thomas Keating, David develops and gently reshapes fundamental building blocks of the Centering Prayer teaching. This is an important moment in the Centering Prayer lineage transmission, when a faithful student emerges into mastery. Davids work will breathe significant new life into your personal practice.
Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault
Author of Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening
This excellent book represents Christianity come to maturity! Here you will find good theology, good practice, good psychology, and a recovery of the foundation itselfhow to live in communion all the time.
Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM
Founding Director of the Center for Action and Contemplation
With simplicity and great wisdom, David Frenette reconnects you to the universal tradition of how to open to God, how to pray in silence, and finally, how to let the spirit pray within your heart. If you want, or need, to be drawn deeper into prayer, read this book and live its guidance.
Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, PhD
Sufi teacher and author of Prayer of the Heart in Christian and Sufi Mysticism
In his lucid guide to Centering Prayer, David Frenette navigates a path for beginners and seasoned practitioners who wish to enter ever-deepening states of loving friendship with the Divine.
Author of God of Love: A Guide to the Heart of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
This wonderful book provides direction, encouragement, and support for a prayer practice with ancient roots. Drawing on his considerable experience as a spiritual director, David Frenette skillfully shares stories and offers wisdom that illuminates the heart of the practice and will lead practitioners through the subtle challenges that inevitably arise in the process of living into ever-deepening levels of prayer. This is a book not only to be read, but to be consulted regularly for insight and help along the way.
The Right Reverend Robert ONeill
Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado
The Path of Centering Prayer is a beam of light in what can sometimes be a dark and unknown journey with God. It is written from the heart of Davids relationship with God and his discoveries along his contemplative journey in solitude, in community, and in spiritual direction. From this place of wisdom, David enlightens readers with encouragement and enrichment, which will nourish them in their own commitment to the centering prayer practice and the contemplative life.
President of Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.
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