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By means of the mantra we leave behind all passing images
and learn to rest in the infinity of God himself.
- John Main O.S.B.
 
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Christian Meditation
"Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10)

Fr. John Main, O.S.B.

"In the Christian tradition, the experience of prayer, the experience of meditation, is of unity, of oneness.
It is an experience that changes the whole of our perception of reality.
We see reality as a whole, unified by the basic energy of the cosmos, which is the energy of love.
This is the message of the truth that sets us free."
John Main O.S.B.,
Moment of Christ, p. 41.



All of our currently carried books are listed below

 


A Child's Way, Jeannie BattaginA Child's Way
Jeannie Battagin
Price $17.95
Status: Out of Stock

This book is designed to provide inspiration, support and specific resources for creating and sustaining the practice of Christian Meditation among children, from first grade through to the eighth grade. Her spiritual journey and specifically practice of Christian Meditation has been influenced by an inner calling to teach children this form of prayer. This book is particularly useful for teachers, parents and grandparents who feel the call to teach Christian Meditation to children.

A Pearl of Gretat Price, Laurence Freeman OSBA Pearl of Great Price
Laurence Freeman, O.S.B.
Price $6.95
Status: In Stock

"This little book offers encouragement and practical suggestions about how to start a group and then, of course, how best to sustain and nurture it. I hope you will see why a small, faithful meditation group has such meaning for our time. It is a work is of great importance. By changing the people who meditate together it also helps to change the world. Our world and our children need the silent power of contemplation woven into all social institutions. We need to moderate our frenetic and wasteful lifestyles. We thirst for the healing and transforming power that only the spirit can provide."  Laurence Freeman OSB.

A Short Span of Days, Laurence Freeman OSBA Short Span of Days
Laurence Freeman, O.S.B.
Price $7.95
Status: In Stock

How is it possible that patients at the terminus of life have been known to say: "This last year has been the best year of my life?" Death is a truth we instinctively try to avoid or deny.  But when confronted with the reality of it, we can only break down and disintegrate or break through and transcend.   Fr. Laurence shows how meditation opens the way to this breakthrough. In meditation, as we drop all immediate concerns and attachments and become silent, we experience loss and separation. We taste death, and our fear of it gradually loses its power over us leaving us free to see life's ultimate horizon.  In that new vision we find meaning and the gift of wisdom.

Bede Griffiths, The Modern Spirituality SeriesBede Griffiths:
The Modern Spirituality Series
Price $4.95
Status: In Stock

Bede Griffiths is considered to be one of the greatest mystics and thinkers of the century. In this anthology we find his unique combination of Eastern insight and Christian wisdom throws light on many problems facing the world today. The Modern Spirituality Series presents selections from twentieth-century spiritual writers in a form suitable for daily reading and meditation.

Born Contemplative, Madeleine SimonBorn Contemplative
Madeleine Simon
Price $11.95
Status: In Stock

This book helps adults who care for children to share in their openness and longing for God in the silence, stillness and simplicity of Christian meditation.  An invitation at the end of each chapter encourages the reader to respond not only to the content but, more importantly, to the experience of sharing the prayer of silence with children. The book will help practicing meditators who are looking for a way to introduce meditation to children.  It will also encourage those who have not practiced meditation to begin in the interest of children.

The Gethsemani TalksChristian Meditation:
The Gethsemani Talks

John Main, O.S.B.
Price $7.95
Status: In Stock

These conferences were first given in the Abbey of Gethsemani and have since proved an excellent introduction to the way of meditation in the Christian tradition.
Dom John Main begins by describing his own spiritual journey into this way and goes on to show how it is a way open to all who wish to "open themselves fully to the wonder of God, to the enduring present."

Christian Meditation, Laurence Freeman OSBChristian Meditation:
Your Daily Practice

Laurence Freeman, O.S.B.
Price $6.95
Status: On Order

This pocket-size book is Laurence Freeman's little 'manual for beginner' on meditation.  He gives the beginner an introduction to Christian Meditation and the ongoing meditator a reminder of what the basic teaching is.  The topics covered are:
* What is prayer?  * How do we pray?
* How is meditation Christian?  * The practice.
* What are the fruits of meditation?
* Progress; the journey.
There is also a valuable and detailed appendix which includes John Main's favorite quotations from the New Testament.

Common Ground, Laurence Freeman OSBCommon Ground:
Letters to a World Community of Meditators

Laurence Freeman, O.S.B.
Price $13.95
Status: Out of Stock

This is the second collection of letters to Meditators written by Lawrence Freeman. The theme of the book is taken from the last letter, which describes the pilgrimage of two hundred Christian meditators and their Buddhist friends to Bodhgaya, India, where they shared three days of meditation and dialogue with the Dalai Lama and his community.

Community of Love, John MainCommunity of Love (1983)
John Main
, O.S.B.
Price $8.95
Status: In Stock

In these talks to Oblates of the Priory in Montreal, Dom John reveals how monastic silence, stillness and prayer can call out a response in the spirit of everyone who "truly seeks God."

Community of Love, John MainCommunity of Love (2010)
John Main
, O.S.B.
Price $13.95
Status: In Stock

This new printing combines the original Community of Love with other previous publications including; The Hunger for Prayer, The Monastic Adventure, The Other-Centredness of Mary and Death the Inner Journey.

Door to Silence, John MainDoor to Silence
John Main, O.S.B.
Price $12.95
Status: In Stock

This book is taken from the Door to Silence series of conferences given by Fr. John, which are also available in CD format.  Like the Word Made Flesh series, it is filled with wonderful insights and teachings which Fr. John shared at similar conferences.

El camino de la meditación, John MainEl camino de la meditación
(Moment of Christ)

John Main, O.S.B.
Price $18.95
Status: In Stock

This is the Spanish translation of: Moment of Christ: The path of meditation, including a Prologue written by Laurence Freeman O.S.B., current Director of the World Community for Christian Meditation.
See description below for Moment of Christ.

Experiencing God in a Time of Crisis, Sarah Bachelard
Experiencing God in a Time of Crisis
Sarah Bachelard
Price $13.95
Status: In Stock
 
Sarah Bachelard, an Anglican priest and theologian, explains that there are critical times in our lives, moments of profound loss, grief and fear in which our frameworks of sense seem to collapse and no longer enable us to convey meaning to overwhelming events or even to life itself. She suggests that the practice of meditation and contemplative living may help us endure and integrate such turning-point experiences, and bring our life and identity into a deeper wholeness.

First Sight, Laurence Freeman OSBFirst Sight:
The Experience of Faith

Laurence Freeman, O.S.B.
Price $16.95
Status: In Stock

In this book Fr. Laurence shows that the basic experience of contemplation is the experience of faith and that we all need to develop this in order to become fully human.  We are all capable of it - indeed we are designed for it.

Frequently Asked Questions about Christian Meditation, Paul HarrisFrequently Asked Questions
about Christian Meditation:
The Path of Contemplative Prayer

Edited by Paul Harris

Price $15.95
Status: In Stock

One of the world's leading practitioners of Christian Meditation, Paul T. Harris has gathered together the questions he has heard most frequently asked by interested newcomers to this flourishing, rediscovered method of specifically Christian meditation.
Based on his vast experience of leading workshops in Canada, Europe and the U.S., Harris has written clear, helpful answers to each of these important questions. In doing so, he has produced a comprehensive, practical handbook for beginners (and teachers of beginners) on the history, theology and practice of Christian meditation.  Among the questions addressed here: "Is meditation really prayer"?  "How can I set aside an hour a day to meditate"?  "What if I fall asleep during meditation?"  "Does God speak to us in meditation"?

From Anxiety to Peace, John MainFrom Anxiety to Peace
John Main, O.S.B.
Price $12.95
Status: In Stock

Spiritual awareness and growth are high priorities for many people today. Meditation is the path to growth, the way to deepen our own commitment to life. In the tradition of meditation the space for the expansion of our spirit is to be found in silence. Through contact with the Life Source we can begin to understand the mystery of our being and to realize our potential to enter into fullness of life, fullness of love, and fullness of wisdom. The practice of meditation is quite simple, but it requires discipline in repeating a mantra again and again. Once rooted, it flourishes

Fully Alive, John Main OSBFully Alive:
The Daily Path of Christian Meditation

John Main, O.S.B.
Price $14.95
Status: In Stock
 
This book's content is drawn from many of the talks that Fr. John gave to the weekly groups that used to gather at his monastery in Montreal, Canada. They were delivered to help people enter the experience of silence. The lessons gathered in this work offer a practical prayer companion for every stage of the contemplative pilgrimage.

In The Stillness Dancing: The Journey of John Main, Neil McKentyIn The Stillness Dancing:
The Journey of John Main

Neil McKenty
Price $15.95
Status: In Stock

Why would the Prior of an established Monastery in London give it all up to go off and set up shop in an old house in Montreal, Quebec? And how was it so many people, seeking a new dimension in their lives, journeyed to the Priory he founded in Montreal, discovered John Main and were forever changed by the discovery? The answer lay in John Main's own journey.

Jesus: The Teacher Within, Laurence Freeman OSBJesus: The Teacher Within
Laurence Freeman, O.S.B.
Price $23.95
Status: In Stock

(From the forward by the Dalai Lama)
"Fr. Laurence has written this book, Jesus: The Teacher Within, in full Christian faith, explaining from his own experience how relating to Jesus Christ and his teaching, combined with meditation, can illuminate the spiritual life...  I feel sure that readers of this book, especially those who seek personal transformation and inner peace, will find much to ponder and apply here in their own daily practice."

Conferences, John CassianJohn Cassian:
Conferences
(Classics of Western Spirituality)
Colm Luibheid (Translator)
Price $21.95
Status: In Stock

This book was recommended by Dom John Main.
This book includes modern translations of Cassian's 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th and 18th Conferences.
"If you wish to achieve true knowledge of scripture you must hurry to achieve unshakeable humility of heart. This is what will lead you not to the knowledge that puffs a man up but to the love which illumines through the achievement of love"
John Cassian (c. 365-c. 435)

John Main: A Biography, Edited by Paul T HarrisJohn Main:
A Biography

Edited by Paul Harris
Price $8.95
Status: In Stock

This booklet tells the story of John Main through letters. anecdotes, and reminiscences by family, friends and colleagues.  A collection of photographs adds a personal touch to this story.  The booklet gives a new dimension to our understanding of the man, the monk, and his teaching.

John Main by Those who Knew Him, Paul HarrisJohn Main:
by those who knew him

Edited by Paul Harris

Price $15.95
Status: In Stock

This collection of personal reminiscences and pictures by John Main's family, friends and colleagues is often funny, sometimes touching, always illuminating. Each one adds a new dimension to our understanding of the man and his teaching.

John Main: Essential Writings, Modern Spiritual Masters SeriesJohn Main:
Essential Writings

Modern Spiritual Masters Series
Price $19.95
Status: In Stock

This book draws from a selection of 13 of Fr. John's books with one chapter providing 100 sayings from Fr. John on Prayer, God and Love.
The Modern Spiritual Masters Series introduces the writing and visions of some of the great spiritual masters of the twentieth century.


John Main, Arranged for Daily Reading, The Modern Spirituality SeriesJohn Main
Arranged for Daily Reading

The Modern Spirituality Series
Price $6.95
Status: In Stock

This book draws upon Fr. Main's best writing to present the heart of his teaching in a way which will open new spiritual avenues to the reader.  The selection of writings is made by Clare Hallward.
The Modern Spirituality Series presents selections from twentieth-century spiritual writers in a form suitable for daily reading and meditation.


John Main: The Expanding VisionJohn Main:
The Expanding Vision
Price $16.95
Status: In Stock

This book is a compilation of talks given at the 2007, John Main Seminar.  They include: Charles Taylor, the leading contemporary philosopher, who considers the place of religion and spirituality in human society, Laurence Freeman, John Main's successor, who reflects on spirituality in a globalised world, Sarah Bachelard, an Anglican priest and lecturer in theology in Australia, on the contemplative dimension in theology, Yvon Theroux, Professor of Religion in Montreal, who asks whether John Main is a prophet for our times.


Light Within, Laurence Freeman OSBLight Within
Laurence Freeman, O.S.B.
Price $14.95
Status: In Stock

From the forward by Yehudi Menuhin:
"May I, as a Jew by birth and background, comment on this guide to meditation? Perhaps I can best describe it as a guide for the reader to himself...
I would like of think of this book as a guide for those of all religions and even for those not claiming any particular religious label but apprehending and recognizing the ultimate Unknowable in the unity, the continuity, the interdependence within all creation."


Meditation & EducationMeditation & Education
Price $3.95
Status: In Stock

This booklet is a guide for those - especially teachers - who want to introduce primary/elementary school children to a daily meditation practice.  It offers a practical way to follow the teaching of Jesus who knew how much we can learn with children: for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs.


Meditation with Children, Laurence FreemanMeditation with Children
Laurence Freeman, O.S.B.
Price $12.95
Status: In Stock

This book focuses on teaching meditation to children, who can be naturally and totally present in the moment and are thus capable of pure prayer, prayer of the heart. Meditation can be a powerful way to allow their spirit the deepest possible contact with the Life Source and the space within which to expand.


Moment of Christ, John MainMoment of Christ:
The Path of Meditation

John Main, O.S.B.
Price $19.95
Status: In Stock

This book is not about meditation; it is for meditation. Above all it is a book dominated by the spirit of Christ - for the author believed that it was his first task to stand aside and to reveal the teachings of the Lord.
For those who already meditate this book will deepen the pilgrimage of the heart and for those who are starting out on this journey it will encourage and enable them.

Monastery without Walls, John Main
Monastery without Walls
John Main, O.S.B.
Price $29.95
Status: In Stock

In this book, John Main encourages us to begin to meditate and to persevere on our journey of silent prayer.
The books content is taken from the Communitas series of talks which are also available on CD.

My Happy Heart, Gregory Ryan
My Happy Heart:
Prayer of the Heart
Gregory Ryan
Price $14.95
Status: In Stock

This beautiful and valuable book can open the treasures of the tradition of contemplative prayer to the young, the very people we must be concerned about for the future of our world.  There is nothing more important to teach them than how to find and enter and stay in tune with their own heart.  To live with a spiritual vision.  To sense the sacredness of life, to see God in and behind everyday appearances

Our Hearts Burned Within Us, John Main OSB
Our Hearts Burned Within Us:
Reading the New Testament with John Main

John Main, O.S.B.
Price $9.95
Status: In Stock

After his death in 1982, John Main's personal copy of the New Testament was found to have many passages marked by him.  He had highlighted words of inspiration that he used as the basis of his own teaching on meditation.  These passages nourished his insight into the Christian meaning of meditation as wordless, image-less prayer. In this book, Gregory Ryan matches these passages of Scripture with extracts from John Main's own writings on the same verses.
This book is edited by Gregory Ryan, with an introduction by Laurence Freeman OSB.

Radical SimplicityRadical Simplicity:
Meditation for Everyone

John Main, O.S.B.
Price $14.99
Status: In Stock

This is a Book & accompanying CD set in which John Main advises us that all we have to do is to begin, and keep on beginning.  There are no difficult theories to master or techniques to perfect.  Perfectionism and the idea of success are the first things we need to let go of.

The 14 talks have been compiled from original recordings, so some parts may not be of high quality.

Return to the Center, Bede GriffithsReturn to the Center
Bede Griffiths

Price $18.95
Status: In Stock

Here Bede Griffiths offers the fruits of a lifetime spent in prayer and meditation. Griffiths is convinced that modern man has lost touch with the center of his own life and therefore with life itself. We must return to the center, "the place of meeting where the different religious traditions of the world have their source," so that we may live again. He harmonizes Hindu and Buddhist insight with the Christian vision of the Word made flesh through the Spirit of God's love.

Sacrement, The Christian Mysteries - John Main O.S.B.Sacrament:
The Christian Mysteries

John Main, O.S.B.
Price $9.95
Status: In Stock

For John Main the sacraments in the modern age can only be rediscovered through deep prayer.  Deeply rooted in theological tradition, he also sees the sacraments freshly as healing, enlightening mysteries of the mystical dimension.  In this simple book he offers a new way of describing these ancient truths.
"John Main often stressed that meditation helps the Christian to better appreciate the truths of the faith.  His reflections on the sacraments show how that appreciation first springs not so much from the head as from the heart.  It is depth of spiritual experience that awakens the sense of the sacred in one's own body as well as in the physical universe." - Fr. Laurence Freeman

SaccidanandaSaccidananda:
A Christian Approach to Advatic Experience

Abhishiktananda
Price $20.95
Status: Out of Stock

This book was recommended by Dom John Main.
Abhishiktananda was born as Henri Le Saux in 1910 in France. He entered the Benedictine Abbey of Sainte Anne de Kergonan at age 19, until his departure for India nineteen years later. He felt called to establish a contemplative foundation in the Indian Church or at least to live as a contemplative there.

In 1948, Le Saux joined another French priest in India, Jules Monchanin, in founding a contemplative community that they envisioned as both fully Indian and fully Christian. This is Saccidananda Ashram or the Hermitage of the Most Holy Trinity at Shantivanam in Tamil Nadu.


Sensing God, Laurence FreemanSensing God:
Learning to Meditate During Lent
Laurence Freeman, O.S.B.

Price $12.95
Status: In Stock

"Laurence Freeman has the ability to say profound and revelatory things in simple sentences... This is a rich feast that will not just feed but might just transform the reader." - Richard Rohr OFM

Silence & Stillness in Every Season, John MainSilence & Stillness in Every Season
Edited by Paul Harris

Price $17.95
Status: In Stock

John Main wrote several books on contemplative prayer before he died in 1982, but this collection is the only one to draw the essence of all his teachings into one volume.
Paul Harris has devotedly selected the essential extracts from each of John Main's works and arranged them here in an attractive and practical daily readings format.

Silence into Service, Fr. Gerry Pierse
Silence into Service
Fr. Gerry Pierse
Price $12.95
Status: Out of Stock

In this book, Fr Gerry Pierse shows the further movement from the silence of meditation into enriched and meaningful service.  Starting with John Main's very simple instruction on how to Meditate, Fr. Pierse offers a sries of insights into the Christian tradition of meditation and how meditation relates to other traditions and methods of prayer.  He then turns to a series of reflective pieces on meditation itself, how it is done and how it relates to many of the major issues and concern of today's Christians.  Finally, he shows how sustained meditation leads one to a more active, productive and enriching ministry as a member of the People of God.


Six-Week Course, Laurence FreemanSix-Week Introductory Course:
a handbook for presenters

Laurence Freeman, O.S.B.
Price $9.95
Status: In Stock

This book offers a step-by-step guide for an introductory course on Christian meditation, covering the following six topics:  What is Christian meditation?,  John Main,  The Roots of Meditation in the Christian Tradition,  The Wheel of Prayer: meditation and other ways of prayer,  Leaving Self Behind  and  The Fruits of Meditation.  The book offers a plan for the course with all the necessary materials including simple and precise instructions, templates, and links to online audio recordings.

The Art of Allowing, Louis HughesThe Art of Allowing:
The Breath in Meditation and in Life

Louis Hughes, O.P.
Price $22.95
Status: In Stock

Breathing is not something that we ever need to do - we need only allow it to happen inside us. The breath is never "my breath" - it does not belong to us. It is in some way greater than us, and it brings us life. This is a conviction that has slowly grown on the author through almost forty years of practicing body prayer and meditation. As well as offering a series of exercises in deepening your skills in breathing, this book covers the constructive use of breathing in movement, healing, stillness and general well being.

The Business of SpiritThe Business of Spirit
Peter Ng, Kok Song, Laurence Freeman & Sean Hagan
Price $8.95
Status: In Stock

Two successful leaders from the financial world share their insights on leadership and in particular how the practice of meditation has helped them form and apply these insights both in their work and across their lives. Peter Ng Kok Song, Chief Investment Officer at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation, speaks on the attributes of leadership and how meditation bears fruit in self-transcending leadership. Sean Hagan, General Counsel of the International Monetary Fund, speaks about how the practice of meditation has made him a better decision maker and manager.

The Cloud of UnknowingThe Cloud of Unknowing
& the Book of Privy Counseling

Edited by, William Johnston
Price $9.95
Status: In Stock

This book was recommended by Dom John Main.
William Johnston, an authority on fourteenth century spirituality and specifically on the writings of this unknown author, provides a substantive and accessible introduction detailing what is known about the history of this text and its relevance throughout the ages. Also included here is the author's other principal work, The Book of Privy Counseling, a short and moving text on the way to enlightenment through a total loss of self and consciousness only of the divine.

The Goal of Life, Laurence Freeman OSBThe Goal of Life
Laurence Freeman, O.S.B.
Price $12.95
Status: In Stock

Fr. Laurence Freeman shares insights into understanding Jesus in order to better understand ourselves.  He teaches that the goal of life is to know fully who we are, and that self-transcendence is the way to self-knowledge.
In this state, the center of consciousness no longer resides in the ego. Individual identity is not lost but it is transcended.  The practice of meditation harmonizes and integrates in the spirit all that we think and feel and say and do.  Meditation, the simplifying practice of silence and stillness, inaugurates a whole new way of being.  It is a way of life.


The Heart of Creation, John MainThe Heart of Creation
John Main, O.S.B.
Price $14.95
Status: In Stock

This book is taken from the Last Conferences series of conferences given by Fr. John, which are also available in CD format.  Like the Word Made Flesh and Door to Silence series, it is also filled with wonderful insights and teachings which Fr. John shared at similar conferences.

The Hunger for Depth and Meaning, John MainThe Hunger for Depth and Meaning
John Main, O.S.B.
Price $14.95
Status: In Stock

This book is taken from the The Hunger for Depth and Meaning series of conferences given by Fr. John, which are also available in CD format.  Like the recorded series, it is filled with wonderful insights and teachings which Fr. John shared at similar conferences.

The New Creation in Christ, Bede GriffithsThe New Creation in Christ:
Christian Meditation and Community

Bede Griffiths
Price $9.95
Status: In Stock

This book explores the tradition of Christian meditation and shows how new forms of community arise out of the inner journey which so many are now seeking and following. Bede reveals what this means to the Church and its place in the world family of religions.
"We have our own unique way through revelation in Christ and through the Church," Bede Griffiths says. "We try to share that with others, but we recognize that God has revealed himself in other ways to other people, and so we try to recognize their values. Respect for other people's religion and culture is the crucial thing and, I think, on the whole this is the way the Church is moving today."

The Prayer of the PriestThe Prayer of the Priest:
Christian Meditation for Priestly Ministry

Price $12.95
Status: In Stock

Priests in all churches and ministries face great challenges today. Overwork, tensions in communities, and the social climate often wear down their zeal. Never has it been more necessary for the priestly ministry to be grounded in contemplation.  Fr. Bill Eckert and many other contributors explain how they have faced this challenge and found the spiritual depth they needed in the practice of Christian meditation as taught by John Main.  Priests, those training for ministry, and lay people concerned for their pastors and churches will find this book a source of hope, inspiration, and practical wisdom.
Forewords by Bishop Michael E. Putney and Bishop Richard Chartres.

The Prayer that Jesus Taught, Fr. Gerry PierseThe Prayer that Jesus Taught
Fr. Gerry Pierse
Price $12.95
Status: In Stock

Fr. Gerry Pierse offers reflections that encourage readers to engage in daily meditation by surrendering all thought and repeating a prayer word, called a mantra. Such meditation is a discipline to be followed every day as we attempt to create a space for God in which we grasp nothing and want nothing. We do not pray to be successful; we pray to be faithful.

The Selfless Self, Laurence Freeman OSBThe Selfless Self
Laurence Freeman, O.S.B.
Price $15.95
Status: In Stock
 

Many people have a spiritual thirst and hunger that is as urgent as the material needs of developing nations. Unless affluent societies escape the addiction to materialism, they will be unable to feel the depth of compassion from which works of mercy and justice spring. This work presents a way to spiritual health that is both ancient and new.


The Way of Unknowing, John Main
The Way of Unknowing
John Main, O.S.B.
Price $17.95
Status: In Stock

A new revised edition of John Main's spiritual letters. This edition brings together in one volume a freshly edited version of Letters from the Heart and The Present Christ - classics of their kind which have inspired many individuals and communities around the world for more than twenty years. The new edition by Laurence Freeman assures a new generation of readers will share these powerful insights into why 'meditation creates community'.

Thomas Merton, The Modern Spirituality SeriesThomas Merton:
The Modern Spirituality Series
Price $5.95
Status: In Stock

With an introduction by Monica Furlong.
Throughout his life Thomas Merton sought for the shining God and found it in the wilderness of solitude and silence. Yet few other religious writers have written so relevantly of the problems of the contemporary world and touched the lives of so many. This book is a unique introduction to Merton's vast body of writing, ideal both for those who have met Thomas Merton before and for those reading him for the first time.

Why We Are Here, Lauerence Freeman OSBWhy We Are Here
Laurence Freeman, O.S.B.
Price $12.95
Status: In Stock

Fr. Freeman examines the radical question of our being in the world.  We are here, he reflects, to come to continuous prayer, to a constant openness to the prayer of Christ in our hearts.  Continuous prayer, he says, must not be understood as saying prayers all the time but as the living in a childlike state of simplicity, in which our ego concern are left behind, opening the way to interior silence, communion with God, and greater power of attention to others.  Freeman examines the teachings of John Cassian to show that meditation, with the aid of the ancient Christian tradition of the continuous saying of a mantra, is a path and discipline to reach this state of simplicity and poverty of spirit of pure prayer called for by the Lord.

Word Into Silence, John Main OSBWord Into Silence
John Main, O.S.B.
Price $16.95
Status: In Stock

This book is full of helpful advice, as well as deep spiritual insight, and will serve to guide anyone, or any group, wishing to grow closer to God through the practice of meditation. It includes the two 4, and one 12, recorded introduction talks on Christian Meditation, which are also available in CD format on the CD page.

Word Made Flesh, John Main OSBWord Made Flesh
John Main, O.S.B.
Price $15.95
Status: In Stock

This book is taken from the Word Made Flesh series of conferences given by Fr. John, which are also available in CD format.  It is filled with more wonderful insights and teachings which Fr. John so often shared at similar conferences.

 
Other Books of Interest
 

Mystic Street, S T GeorgiouMystic Street:
Meditations on a Spiritual Path

Steve Georgiou
Price $24.95
Status: On Order

Life is a journey of faith and wonder, an odyssey of the heart.  Join author S.T. Georgiou for a walk along Mystic Street as he shares spiritual and contemplative experiences that reveal the power of grace in our everyday lives.  Deeply inspirational and renewing, these Christian-based meditations recharge the soul and illuminate our passage in an increasingly complex world.
Mystic Street centers on the author's spiritual experiences while pursuing his graduate degrees in theology.  He demonstrates how lessons of the heart are not only learned inside the classroom, but especially outside.  In these uplifting vignettes, both the ordinary and the extraordinary, the visible and invisible intersect.  A fascinating book filled with hope, life, light, and a marvelous sense of serendipity.

The Isle of Monte Cristo, S T GeorgiouThe Isle of Monte Cristo:
Finding the Inner Treasure

Steve Georgiou
Price $24.95
Status: On Order

The Isle of Monte Cristo is S.T. Georgiou's third book of spiritual reflections grounded in the life and work of Robert Lax (1915-2000), poet, mystic and friend of Thomas Merton. The meditations continue to explore his understanding of the divine Presence in everyday life.
Drawing from his wide range of scholastic and creative experiences that highlight his faith journey, Georgiou imparts how life is an inner pilgrimage that ultimately leads to the treasure of the Christ, hidden in our hearts.
Georgiou's interior trek began on Patmos where St. John experienced the Revelation. There Georgiou serendipitously met Lax, the much-beloved poet and hermit, who became his mentor. In this book a circle of love completes itself. As Br. Patrick Hart, last secretary to Thomas Merton, makes evident: "Like his mentor, Georgiou is a teacher whose lesson-plan focuses on agape, the highest and purest form of love."
 

The Way of the Dreamcatcher, S.T. GeorgiouThe Way of the Dreamcatcher,
Spirit Lessons with Robert Lax:
Poet, Peacemaker, Sage

Steve Georgiou

Price $16.95
Status: In Stock

A disillusioned young man journies to a remote Greek island in search of renewal. By chance he meets an elderly hermit who helps him in his quest. The sage turns out to be none other than Robert Lax, a major minimalist poet and close friend of Thomas Merton, the famed Trappist Monk, and Ad Reinhardt, the abstract Expressionist.
Their conversations offer an unprecedented and revealing description of the man Thomas Merton said "was born with the deepest sense of who God was" and Jack Kerouac once described as "a strange, wonderful laughing Buddha."


Fr. John Main O.S.B. (1926 - 1982)


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