This work brings together for each day of the year three prayer practices for contemplative living: first, a brief "active prayer"; second, spiritual reading; and, third, Lectio Divina. The brief introductory prayer sentences are from various sources - the Bible and traditional prayers of the church or of well-known spiritual writers. The spiritual readings come from eleven of Father Keatings books and one audiotape, with a month's worth of readings derived from each work. Each day's entry concludes with a brief selection from the Bible, or Lectio Divina.
||Father Thomas Keating is known throughout the world as an exponent, teacher, and writer on contemplative prayer. A Cistercian (Trappist) monk of St. Benedict's Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado, he is a founder of the Centering Prayer Movement and of Contemplative Outreach. He is the author of numerous books, particularly of the trilogy Open Mind, Open Heart; Invitation to Love; and The Mystery of Christ. Among his most recent books is The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living, compiled by S. Stephanie Iachetta.
S. Stephanie Iachetta
Stephanie Iachetta, who lives in Rye, NY, holds a B.A. and M.S.E. from the College of New Rochelle and an M.B.A. from Iona College Hagen School of Business. She previously coedited What is Healing Prayer All About? with Father Peter McCall and Maryanne Lacy.
The author [Father Thomas Keating] has many inspiring things to say about repentance, fighting the false self, faith, silence, reverence, and the fundamental goodness of human nature.
- Spirituality & Health magazine
The writings of Thomas Keating are one of the most profound, popular, and appropriate introductions to Christian contemplative prayer and practice today....this book is a beautiful introduction to both Keating's thinking and his methodologies. I would recommend it either to a person wanting to begin a prayer practice of to a person who wants to spend a year reflecting upon the works of Keating.
- Bulletin of Monastic Interreligious Dialogues, October 2004
Some books, like some people, can be pronounced 'wonderful' after only a brief encounter; more meetings simply reinforce our initial judgment. This is that sort of book, an ideal vade mecum for those who desire to retrieve the wonderfulness so often obscured by the distracting demands of our ordinary routines, the sheer dailiness of our daily lives that dulls our spiritual sensitivities. Here then is a wake-up call we need to 'seize the day' once again by attending to the promptings within our hearts and allowing the most gentle of companions to accompany us through it.
- George W. Hunt, S.J., former editor-in-chief of America