As We Knew Him: Reflections on M. Basil Pennington

As We Knew Him: Reflections on M. Basil Pennington


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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 As We Knew Him also includes a previously unpublished autobiographical reflection by M. Basil Pennington himself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781557255396
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Pages: 207
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface   Michael Moran   Ann Overton     xiii
Priest and Monk
St. Joseph's Abbey: Spencer, Massachusetts, 1951-2005, The Beginning and the End   Matthew Flynn, OCSO     3
The Ava Years: 1986-89 and 2000   Mark Scott, OCSO     12
Reflection   Karol O'Connor, OSB     18
Our Lady of Joy: 1991-98   Theophane Young, OCSO     19
Our Lady of the Holy Spirit: 2000-2002   Elias Marechal, OCSO   Francis Michael Stiteler, OCSO     27
Reflection   Thomas Keating, OCSO     31
Family Man
Uncle Bob   Megan Lange     35
Pennington Family History and Myth   M. Basil Pennington, OCSO     38
The Penningtons and Their Religious Vocations through the Centuries   Jasper Pennington     50
Reflection   Cynthia Pennington     57
Man of Prayer
Reflections on Monastic Meanings in the Twenty-first Century   Laurence Freeman, OSB     61
Apostle to the Laity   Martha F. Krieg     73
The Beginning of Centering Prayer   Armand Proulx     79
Personal Encounter with Basil Pennington   Grace Padilla     85
Reflection   GerryO'Rourke     95
Centering Prayer and Salesian Spirituality: Connections   Lewis S. Fiorelli, OSFS     97
Reflection   Stephen J. Boccuzzi     102
Dreamer and Creator
Free to Love: The Dreamer and the Realist   E. Glenn Hinson     107
How Basil Pennington Came to Kalamazoo   John Sommerfeldt     120
Reflection   Werner Erhard     126
A Life Lived Abundantly   Ann Overton     127
Human Being and Friend
Welcoming the Stranger   Arnold Mark Belzer     137
Lessons in Love   Franck Perrier     141
Reflection   Erik P. Goldschmidt     147
Surrendered to Love: The Challenge of Living Prayer   David G. Benner     150
Set Us Free, O God: Basil and Dance   Bruce Stewart     156
Reflection   Robert Goldschmidt     164
Fully Present   Casy Padilla     165
For What Am I Thankful?   Michael Moran     169
About the Contributors     179
Basil's Three Core Teachings and Spiritual Practices
Guidelines for Centering Prayer   M. Basil Pennington, OCSO     187
Guidelines for Lectio Divina   M. Basil Pennington, OCSO     188
Guidelines for Preparing a Rule of Life   M. Basil Pennington, OCSO     189
Chronology     191
Glossary     195
Bibliography of Books   M. Basil Pennington, OCSO   Martha F. Krieg     199
Bibliography of Scholarly Books   M. Basil Pennington, OCSO   Martha F. Krieg     207

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