Contemplative Provocations

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A great many religious people undertake a serious dedication to prayer. They are moved by a longing for a deeper encounter with God that beckons them as a distant light at night on the sea. Yet far fewer become true contemplative souls, for it is difficult to continue the quest for God in the face of many obstacles.

For those who are spiritually courageous and full of desire for God, this book will provoke them to persevere in this ultimate adventure in life-the more complete ...

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Overview

A great many religious people undertake a serious dedication to prayer. They are moved by a longing for a deeper encounter with God that beckons them as a distant light at night on the sea. Yet far fewer become true contemplative souls, for it is difficult to continue the quest for God in the face of many obstacles.

For those who are spiritually courageous and full of desire for God, this book will provoke them to persevere in this ultimate adventure in life-the more complete discovery of the living God. Thematically unified by the notion of God's ultimate transcendence to our limited human knowledge, this work offers a rich profusion of insights on the life of prayer and the pursuit of God.

A key to spiritual growth is the understanding that the hiddenness of God becomes a paradox in the experience of a soul seeking him wholeheartedly. Rather than enjoying a more intimate familiarity with God, the soul advancing in prayer is likely to experience more intensely the concealment of God. This surprising truth undergirds true contemplative prayer. It is a reason why every contemplative soul, and every saint, is inflamed with a never satisfied thirst for God.

The format of this book has a contemplative appeal. The reflections based upon the Church's rich tradition of contemplative prayer are short and concise, stimulating the intuition. They can be read independently a few at a time, or as a series of connected thoughts. Most importantly, they provoke a desire to enter more generously into one's own relationship with God.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781586177331
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2013
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 425,183
  • Product dimensions: 4.70 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Fr. Donald Haggerty, of the Archdiocese of New York, is a Professor of Moral Theology at the Capuchin Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He previously taught at Saint Joseph's Seminary in New York and Mount Saint Mary's Seminary in Maryland. He is the editor of Modern Moral Problems, a collection of writings by Msgr. William B. Smith.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2013

    It becomes obvious, much grace has been bestowed on Father Hagge

    It becomes obvious, much grace has been bestowed on Father Haggerty as his journey has led him to share his spirituality with us.

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