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The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See
NY: Crossroad Publishing, 2009.
I'd like to bring to your attention a book by Richard Rohr, Franciscan priest and long-time advocate for contemplative prayer and social justice action.
This is a remarkable work and I consider it to be essential reading for anyone struggling to bring their own contemplative journey into the Christian church today. Rohr critiques what contemplative spirituality and prayer is, as well as why there is such difficulty for the institutional church to accept it, and also the immense richness that comes to our tradition's doctrines and creeds and scriptures once we engage contemplation, e.g. it's not about believing the doctrines it's about experiencing them.
Rohr cites Cynthia Bourgeault, Thomas Merton, Keating and others. This book is highly recommended reading.
"Interior silence is one of the most strengthening and affirming of human experiences. There is nothing more affirming in fact, than the experience of God's presence. That revelation says, as nothing else can, You are a good person, I created you and I love you."
- Thomas Keating
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