Contemplation and Midlife Crisis: Examples from Classical and Contemporary Spirituality

Contemplation and Midlife Crisis: Examples from Classical and Contemporary Spirituality

by Rosemarie Carfagna

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About the Author:
Rosemarie Carfagna, an Ursuline sister from Cleveland, Ohio, teaches at Ursuline College and John Carroll University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780809144983
Publisher: Paulist Press
Publication date: 05/28/2008
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction     vii
Crisis     1
Transitions     1
Involuntary Change     5
Loss     8
Impasse     12
Trauma     16
Desire     19
Midlife Crisis     24
Crisis of Limits     24
Crisis of Meaning     28
Crisis of Faith     31
Emergence of the Self     35
Spirit Desires Meaning     39
Encounter with the Absolute     42
Accompanying States     47
Depression     48
Desolation     53
Dark Night     60
Similarities and Differences     66
Experiential Signs     72
Loss of Identity     73
Irreconcilable Opposites     76
Personal Weakness     78
Emotional Pain     80
Anxiety     82
Powerlessness     83
Dependence     85
Absence     88
Emptiness     90
Abyss     92
New Life     94
Response     96
Choice     97
Finite Meets Infinite     100
Divine Initiative     104
Surrender     107
Individuation     110
Union with Jesus     114
Contemplation     118
Attending     119
Recollection     122
Contemplation     124
New Knowing, New Loving     127
Disappearance of the False Self     129
Centering     131
Still Point     134
Indwelling     137
Resolution     140
Healing     141
Humility     144
Expansion     146
Beyond Contradictions     148
Integration     151
Transformation     153
True Self     156
Spiritual Maturity     159
Notes     163
Bibliography     174

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