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Moment of Christ: Prayer as the Way to God's Fullness [Paperback]

John O.S.B. Main
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30 July 2010
In this, the last book he wrote before his death, the spiritual writer John Main characteristically turns to the source and focus of all his inspirational teaching about prayer - the presence of Christ. He writes,'Learning to meditate is the most practical thing in the world. You require only one quality when you begin. That is seriously to want to learn - The central message of the New Testament is that there is really only one prayer and that this prayer is the prayer of Christ. It is a prayer that continues in our heart day and night'. John Main describes this prayer as the stream of love that flows constantly between Jesus and his Father. John Main believed that the most important goal for any fully human life that we should become receptive to this stream of love. Stillness and silence before God is the way to achieve this. Leaving distraction behind, we find fullness of life in love and silence. A striking feature of the book is its emphasis on simplicity and moving beyond 'techniques' of prayer.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Canterbury Press Norwich (30 July 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848250207
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848250208
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 530,796 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Main effectively put the desert tradition of prayer to work in our own day. The roots of his distinctive spirituality lie deep in the fourth and fifth centuries, especially in the works of that great expositor of the desert world, John Cassian. The World Community for Christian Meditation which continues his mission is for me, as for many throughout the world, a taste of what a commitedly contemplative church might look and feel like. --Rowan Williams<br /><br />John Main opened the way to the direct experience of God, of truth, of reality from within the Christian tradition. He was a man of great wisdom and above all of great love --Bede Griffiths<br /><br />John Main opened the way to the direct experience of God, of truth, of reality from within the Christian tradition. He was a man of great wisdom and above all of great love --Bede Griffiths

John Main opened the way to the direct experience of God, of truth, of reality from within the Christian tradition. He was a man of great wisdom and above all of great love --Bede Griffiths

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JOHN MAIN OSB served in the diplomatic service in the Far East, and taught law at Trinity College, Dublin. He founded the World Community for Christian Meditation, a worldwide spiritual family linked through daily prayer, operating in 114 countries and with over 100,000 members worldwide. www.wccm.org

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5.0 out of 5 stars Moment of Christ 23 Nov 2011
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John Main's Moment of Christ is a lucid and mighty work. With a deep knowledge of prayer and Scripture in his own Christian tradition, coupled with a transcendent wisdom and vision of human potential, John Main guides his readers along the path of meditation. He presents the simple yet challenging and utterly transformative truth that when we meditate, our prayer is united to the prayer of Christ himself.

This book is filled with subtle wisdom and profound insight, as well as practical encouragement that will help energize and sustain anyone who begins this journey. As John Main says, we need "the humility to tread the way very faithfully over a period of years so that the prayer of Christ may indeed be the grounding experience of our life." The book is very useful for anyone beginning to meditate as well as those wanting to deepen their understanding - or for anyone who just wants to know what meditation in the Christian tradition means.

Moment of Christ is powerful and precious, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone interested in the spiritual life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moments of Christ 13 Oct 2013
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wonderful help with learning to meditate and think spiritually.
easy to read and small chapters, enough to ponder in one go.
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