As We Knew Him: Reflections on M. Basil Pennington

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"Basil Pennington was a gifted, creative, powerful and wise teacher—one of the truly precious souls of our generation.”
—Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

"Pennington was one of the spiritual masters of our time.” —Catholic Book Club

"His spirit, his soul, his heart, his eyes, his memory, all of him became a sponge to soak up and to not miss even a second or a single movement.” —Archimandrite Dionysios

"He really wanted to fill the world with people who had received the message that they ...

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"Basil Pennington was a gifted, creative, powerful and wise teacher—one of the truly precious souls of our generation.”
—Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

"Pennington was one of the spiritual masters of our time.” —Catholic Book Club

"His spirit, his soul, his heart, his eyes, his memory, all of him became a sponge to soak up and to not miss even a second or a single movement.” —Archimandrite Dionysios

"He really wanted to fill the world with people who had received the message that they also are called to contemplative prayer in the fullness of the Christian life and transformation into Christ.” —Thomas Keating, OCSO

M. Basil Pennington lived more than 50 years as a Cistercian monk and priest, called to a life of solitude and silence, prayer and contemplation. During that half century, he also traveled the world teaching, wrote dozens of books, and was a founder of the Centering Prayer movement and several national and international organizations. Who was this dynamic and deeply spiritual man? Contributors include Thomas Keating, Laurence Freeman, E. Glenn Hinson, Werner Erhard, members of Basil’s immediate family, and many others. As We Knew Him also includes a previously unpublished autobiographical reflection by M. Basil Pennington himself.

As We Knew Him is the compelling story of one of the great spiritual leaders of the last century. Family, friends and colleagues who knew Basil and worked alongside him share their experiences of a simple yet charismatic man of faith and the difference he made in millions of lives. Through their memories, you will encounter an unforgettable presence whose contributions will live on far beyond his years.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557255396
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Pages: 207
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface Michael Moran Moran, Michael Ann Overton Overton, Ann

Part 1 Priest and Monk

St. Joseph's Abbey: Spencer, Massachusetts, 1951-2005, The Beginning and the End Matthew Flynn, OCSO OCSO, Matthew Flynn, 3

The Ava Years: 1986-89 and 2000 Mark Scott, OCSO OCSO, Mark Scott, 12

Reflection Karol O'Connor, OSB OSB, Karol O'Connor, 18

Our Lady of Joy: 1991-98 Theophane Young, OCSO OCSO, Theophane Young, 19

Our Lady of the Holy Spirit: 2000-2002 Elias Marechal, OCSO OCSO, Elias Marechal, Francis Michael Stiteler, OCSO OCSO, Francis Michael Stiteler, 27

Reflection Thomas Keating, OCSO OCSO, Thomas Keating, 31

Part 2 Family Man

Uncle Bob Megan Lange Lange, Megan 35

Pennington Family History and Myth M. Basil Pennington, OCSO OCSO, M. Basil Pennington, 38

The Penningtons and Their Religious Vocations through the Centuries Jasper Pennington Pennington, Jasper 50

Reflection Cynthia Pennington Pennington, Cynthia 57

Part 3 Man of Prayer

Reflections on Monastic Meanings in the Twenty-first Century Laurence Freeman, OSB OSB, Laurence Freeman, 61

Apostle to the Laity Martha F. Krieg Krieg, Martha F. 73

The Beginning of Centering Prayer Armand Proulx Proulx, Armand 79

Personal Encounter with Basil Pennington Grace Padilla Padilla, Grace 85

Reflection Gerry O'Rourke O'Rourke, Gerry 95

Centering Prayer and Salesian Spirituality: Connections Lewis S. Fiorelli, OSFS OSFS, Lewis S. Fiorelli, 97

Reflection Stephen J. Boccuzzi Boccuzzi, Stephen J. 102

Part 4 Dreamer and Creator

Free to Love: The Dreamer and the Realist E. Glenn Hinson Hinson, E. Glenn 107

How Basil Pennington Came to Kalamazoo John Sommerfeldt Sommerfeldt, John120

Reflection Werner Erhard Erhard, Werner 126

A Life Lived Abundantly Ann Overton Overton, Ann 127

Part 5 Human Being and Friend

Welcoming the Stranger Arnold Mark Belzer Belzer, Arnold Mark 137

Lessons in Love Franck Perrier Perrier, Franck 141

Reflection Erik P. Goldschmidt Goldschmidt, Erik P. 147

Surrendered to Love: The Challenge of Living Prayer David G. Benner Benner, David G. 150

Set Us Free, O God: Basil and Dance Bruce Stewart Stewart, Bruce 156

Reflection Robert Goldschmidt Goldschmidt, Robert 164

Fully Present Casy Padilla Padilla, Casy 165

For What Am I Thankful? Michael Moran Moran, Michael 169

About the Contributors 179

Appendix Basil's Three Core Teachings and Spiritual Practices

Guidelines for Centering Prayer M. Basil Pennington, OCSO OCSO, M. Basil Pennington, 187

Guidelines for Lectio Divina M. Basil Pennington, OCSO OCSO, M. Basil Pennington, 188

Guidelines for Preparing a Rule of Life M. Basil Pennington, OCSO OCSO, M. Basil Pennington, 189

Chronology 191

Glossary 195

Bibliography of Books M. Basil Pennington, OCSO OCSO, M. Basil Pennington, Martha F. Krieg Krieg, Martha F. 199

Bibliography of Scholarly Books M. Basil Pennington, OCSO OCSO, M. Basil Pennington, Martha F. Krieg Krieg, Martha F. 207

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