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  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Continnuum-3PL; Reissue edition (1 Jun 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826406971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826406972
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 612,088 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The book would be an ideal resource for a liturgy committee or parish scripture study group that might come together to reflect on the liturgical season. What Keating does in this book, ideally, is what every homilist should do also. He weaves together the Scripture proclaimed, the mystery that the liturgy celebrates, and the everyday life of the people assembled. When that weaving is done with a contemplative, sacramental imagination, the mutual presence of Christ and those gathered has the power to transform the world." -Rite --Sanford Lakoff

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Father Thomas Keating is known throughout the world as an exponent, teacher, and writer on contemplative prayer. A Cistercian (Trappist) monk of St. Benedict's Monastery, Snowmass, Colorado, he is a founder of the Centering Prayer Movement and of Contemplative Outreach. He is the author of numerous books, particularly of the trilogy Open Mind, Open Heart; Invitation to Love; and The Mystery of Christ. Among his most recent books is The Daily Reader for Contemplative Living, compiled by S. Stephanie Iachetta.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keen2Be on 3 Jan 2012
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This book reads well cover-to-cover but is also an excellent reference book. It was as the later that I purchased my copy having read a borrowed copy from a friend some months before.
If everyone has significant books in their lives that can be counted on the fingers of one hand this is book number two for me. Three books to go if you get my drift.
I was familiar with the author and was intrigued by the sub title "The Liturgy as Spiritual Experience" So took time to read it (annual leave). This is not heavy but does call for a contemplative read. I stopped and started a lot and considered little else at the time.
Fr Thomas Keating is a man of prayer. I say this to qualify his writing and to encourage you to consider everything he writes in this book. There are no redundant words or phrases, no vague examples, no blurred illustrations, no humour for humour sake (though there is humour) and no sense Fr Keating is trying to prove anything here. It was very much my experience Fr Keating was kindly and carefully communicating for the sake of the reader. This is where I honestly laughed out loud. To speak of the profoundest things with such ordinary illustrations by way of explanation in such common language was delicious. Like a stand up comedian without the obscenities or swearing. I loved it.
The book is simply laid out with a logical schematic and the minimum of introduction. The introduction is excellent. To cover the territory it does so simply in 10 pages are phenomenal and very much worth reading and rereading. The Introduction alone will convince you of Fr Keating's efficiency and proficiency as a writer.
The Book may presume a degree of knowledge and experience from the reader of Catholicism, Liturgy and contemplative prayer.
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A Wonderful Reflection 31 Oct 2000
By Steven K. Szmutko - Published on Amazon.com
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THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST is a marvelous, contemplative exploration of the mysteries of Catholic Liturgy as reflected in the central themes of Christianity throughout the year. There are certain rhythms to every season, whether in nature or in worship. The author captures a deep appreciation for these abiding themes and presents them as central to our faith and indeed, our personal spirituality.
The book is well organized around the central themes of Advent/Christmas, Lent/Easter, Pentecost and Ordinary Time and integrates the various topics with the nature of centering prayer and contemplative prayer. The prose is rich in meaning, yet is easily read, making it a useful reference throughout the year. The book is just one of Thomas Keating's fine books, OPEN MIND, OPEN HEART and INVITATION TO LOVE being two others well worth the time.
73 of 74 people found the following review helpful
Fresh insights on timeless truths 27 Mar 2000
By Elizabeth G. Melillo - Published on Amazon.com
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Father Keating's haunting, exquisite reflections on the Scriptures and liturgy bring new depth and freshness to passages one may have heard a hundred times - but which, with each chapter, seem refreshingly new. For example, his treatment of the Annunciation, John the Baptist, and the parable of the Prodigal Son, and the continuing call to holiness in each incident, presented beautiful truths in an engaging, casual, and deceptively simple style. Father Keating's words about the "double bind" (doing God's will when two "callings" seem contrary), which he applies to the Passion of Christ itself, are intense food for thought, and he skillfully presents them in terms which are very easy to understand. Excellent work for anyone interested in the spiritual life.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Pearl of Great Price 9 Sep 2010
By wrp - Published on Amazon.com
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I use this book more than any other when I am planning classes on spirituality, liturgy, Scripture study or prayer. It invites us to experience the mystery of how Christ is present in our own lives. It is clearly written. It is an excellent starting point for planning Advent, Lent, and Easter liturgies or retreats. I read it as if it were a map that that describes what I may encounter as I attempt to follow Christ. Students have been enthusiastic in praising this book because of its clarity and the insights it offers.
Thomas Keating's Greatest Book! 6 Mar 2008
By David M. Bell - Published on Amazon.com
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Having a strong interest in the contemplative, transformative, esoteric, or mystical side to Christianity I have searched for years to find some piece of work that would be sort of a "philosopher's stone" to unlock the implicit depth in the New Testament. After reading a ton of works with many great ideas, this small book is as close as I have come. At least as far as the Gospels are concerned. This book takes many quotes from the Gospels that are read liturgically for each season and comments on them in a deep but straight-forward manner. I have many of Keating's books and these are by far the best commentaries he has made. I highly recommend having this book in your collection of contemplative Christian ideas.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Anything by Thomas Keating 26 May 2009
By Fred - Published on Amazon.com
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Anything by Thomas Keating is exceptionally relevant and profound in its simplicity. It goes to the heart of the matter.
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