Contemplative Spirituality: a Guide
a collection of various resources on contemplative spirituality
A Note On Terminology: Contemplative spirituality was once called “Christian mysticism.” The word “mysticism” was intended to convey the sense that humanity cannot fully understand God; God is a “mystery.” Unfortunately, fundamentalists and others have now co-opted the word “mysticism” and use it to describe occult practices. Such things have never been an element of Christian mysticism. The classic tradition of Christian mysticism is unrelated to the paranormal or occult; it involves no secret knowledge, no divination, no special powers, and nothing outside the Bible. It is 100% orthodox Christianity. Christian mysticism, also called contemplative spirituality, is a way of focusing one’s life completely on God, through prayer, living in love, and an awareness of God’s presence. To avoid misunderstanding, what was once called “Christian mysticism” is now more frequently referred to as “contemplative spirituality.”
Basic Books: Essentials
Some of the classic writings are a fairly dense read. John Kirvan has provided a painless way to introduce yourself to them. His series, 30 Days with a Spiritual Master, presents brief excerpts from each classic combined with guided prayer and meditation suggestions, arranged into 30 daily
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