Meeting Christ in His Mysteries: A Benedictine Vision of the Spirituality Life

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Nourished by liturgy and lectio divina, this book offers a transforming theological Vision based on prayer and spiritual insight. As a Benedictine monk the author contemplates the sacramental mysteries of Scripture, Baptism, the Eucharist, the icon, mystical prayer, and the great feasts of the liturgical year, viewing them as privileged "disclosure-zones" where the Holy Spirit reveals God's presence and invites us to be transformed into the likeness of Christ.

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Overview

Nourished by liturgy and lectio divina, this book offers a transforming theological Vision based on prayer and spiritual insight. As a Benedictine monk the author contemplates the sacramental mysteries of Scripture, Baptism, the Eucharist, the icon, mystical prayer, and the great feasts of the liturgical year, viewing them as privileged "disclosure-zones" where the Holy Spirit reveals God's presence and invites us to be transformed into the likeness of Christ.

The author's aim is to encourage a contemporary mystical spirituality based on the great sources of Christian revelation. Much of the book consists of reflections on the mysteries of Christ as they are celebrated in the liturgy. It is grounded in theological research yet written in a style accessible to non-specialists; ecumenical in inspiration, it draws largely from Orthodox and other Eastern Christian sources. Deeply committed to the post-Vatican II renewal of the Church, it aims to recover some of the ancient spiritual resources of monastic tradition so as to encourage a new Vision of Christ as we meet him in his mysteries.

Fr. Gregory Collins, OSB, has been a monk of Glenstal Abbey for twenty years. He is an expert on Orthodox theology, a past headmaster of the Abbey school, and was director of the Monastic Institute at the Benedictine University of Saint'Anselmo in Rome. An experienced retreat-director, he was also co-editor of The Glenstal Book of Daly Prayer and author of the best-seller The Glenstal Book of Icons.

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For liturgists this is a must-read! This is also a book for any Catholic who wants a ‘companion’ for the prayerful experience of the liturgical year…. Meeting Christ in His Mysteries is an epic work of sacramental and spiritual theology—a bridge between the riches of East and West and a deeply personal work.
Benedictines

[Meeting Christ in His Mysteries is] a profound, deeply inspirational and highly readable exploration of Christian belief, liturgical practice, and the spiritual life. It manages to be an intimately personal as well as impres¬sively scholarly accomplishment while remaining accessible to the well-educated reader. [It is] a finely balanced exploration, exposition, and commentary on Christian life—devotional, sacramental, and doctrinal.
Richard Woods, OP, Doctrine and Life

[Meeting Christ in His Mysteries is] a profound, deeply inspirational and highly readable exploration of Christian belief, liturgical practice, and the spiritual life. It manages to be an intimately personal as well as impres¬sively scholarly accomplishment while remaining accessible to the well-educated reader. [It is] a finely balanced exploration, exposition, and commentary on Christian life—devotional, sacramental, and doctrinal.
Richard Woods, OP, Doctrine and Life

I have been waiting for a book like this for years. It represents a fine, contemporary example of monastic theology and the post-Vatican II rediscovery of biblical, patristic, and liturgical wisdom by both scholastic and monastic theologians. I strongly suspect it would appear high on the list of books that St. Benedict might recommend ‘to read the whole of it straight through’ (RB 48.15).
Marielle Frigge, OSB, American Benedictine Review

It gives me great pleasure to present this beautiful, passionate and unobtrusively learned book which opens up to the reader, monastic and non-monastic alike, the treasures of the life of the Holy Trinity.

In a profoundly Benedictine synthesis, the author draws on the Scriptures, the Fathers of East and West, on other writers both ancient and modern and above all on the Church’s liturgy to present the kaleidoscopic excitement of existence flowing from a life-giving and life-sustaining meeting with Christ in his mysteries.

Well versed in the teachings, traditions and life of the Christian East, in particular its liturgical life as reflected in its icons, the author draws much of his illustrative material from this source, establishing a happy congruity of East and West while not ignoring nuances of interpretation or belief.

Balanced, ecumenical and eloquently accessible, Father Gregory’s book presents the best of contemporary thinking on the Trinity and Chr

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814633724
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author


Fr. Gregory Collins, OSB, has been a monk of Glenstal Abbey for twenty years. He is an expert on Orthodox theology, a past headmaster of the Abbey school, and was director of the Monastic Institute at the Benedictine University of Sant'Anselmo in Rome. An experienced retreat-director, he was also co-editor of The Glenstal Book of Daily Prayer and author of the best-seller The Glenstal Book of Icons.
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Table of Contents

Introduction: In the Beginning was the Trinity... 7

Part 1 The Self-Manifestation of God

1 The Mystery of Christ Unveiled 20

2 God's Presence to the World: The Mystery's Many Modes 25

3 Deepening Insights into the Mystery of Divine Persons 33

4 Gazing into the Mystery of Christ's Saving Work 46

5 Divine Presents: the Sacramental Mysteries 58

The Sacramental Mystery of Holy Scripture 63

The Sacramental Mystery of Baptism 72

The Eucharist: the Fullness of the Sacramental Mystery 77

6 The Mystery Expands for Us 99

The Church's Year of Mysteries 101

The Mystery of the Icon: Imaging the Presence 111

Personal Prayer: Interiorising the Mysteries 118

Part 2 Meditating on the Mysteries in the Liturgical Year

Transition 130

7 The Mysteries of Exaltation 133

Easter Triumph 133

Descent into the Underworld: the Mystery of the Light's Immersion in Death 134

The Risen One Appears 146

Ascending on High 148

Pentecost: the Coming of the Holy Spirit 154

8 The Mysteries of the Passion 164

Unbounded Life: the Mystery of Absolution 165

Palm Sunday: the Mystery of Entry 170

Washing the Apostles' Feet: the Mystery of Divine Humilty 176

The Last Supper: the Mystery of Self-Giving 178

Gethsemane: the Mystery of Two Wills Becoming One 180

Betrayal 184

The Mystery of the Death of the Son of God 187

The Mystery of the Burial of Jesus 193

The Mystery of the Exaltation of the Cross 199

9 The Mysteries of Manifestation 207

Christmas: the Mystery of the Word-Made-Flesh 207

The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple: the Mystery of Meeting 212

The Baptism of Jesus: the Mystery of the First Paschal Immersion 218

The Transfiguration: the Mystery of the Blinding Light of Love 228

10 Three Mysteries of Mary 246

The Presentation of Mary in the Temple 249

The Mystery of the Annunciation 253

The Mystery of Mary's Dormition 260

11 The Mystery of the Celestial Altar: Earth unites with Heaven 267

Conclusion: and in the End: the Trinity... 279

Self-Giving Love 284

Mutual Indwelling in Love 291

Notes 299

Bibliography 373

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