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Entering the Mind of Christ:
Practicing Meditation in the Christian Tradition

In this silent retreat the teachings of the mystics will serve as our guide in exploring meditation (contemplative prayer) in the Christian tradition. An emphasis will be given to meditation as a grounding place in learning to live a more contemplative way of life in the midst of today's world. Time will be given for group meditation, personal reflection and discussion of the themes presented.

The topics covered in the conferences include:
  • Our call to enter into the ongoing, mystical heritage of the Christian tradition.
  • Simple guidelines for practicing meditation in the Christian tradition.
  • The passage from spiritual reading to discursive meditation to prayer to contemplation.
  • The path of meditation in The Cloud of Unknowing.
  • The path of meditation in Saint John of the Cross.
  • Entering the mind of Christ.
  • Meditation as our grounding place in contemplative living.
Suggested Reading

Johnston, William (trans) The Cloud of Unknowing
Keating, Thomas, Open Mind, Open Heart
Merton, Thomas, New Seeds of Contemplation
Finley, James, Christian Meditation

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