Item description for Spiritual Passages: The Psychology of Spiritual Development "for those who seek" by Benedict J. Groeschel...
Overview A bestseller since it's publication, this groundbreaking integration of religious thought and psychological research has set a lasting benchmark in the field of human development. Christian seekers will find nurturance, stimulation, and inspiration in Benedict Groeschel's illuminating explanation of the process of spiritual growth.
Publishers Description From renowned EWTN host and author Benedict Groeschel, this is a profound discussion of the stages of spiritual growth. Of special note is the way Groeschel identifies four distinct approaches to God (as Beauty, Truth, the Good, and the One) and shows how each leads to a different kind of spiritual path or pilgrimage.
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Studio: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 1984
Publisher Crossroad Classic
ISBN 0824506286 ISBN13 9780824506285
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More About Benedict J. Groeschel
Benedict Joseph Groeschel, C.F.R. (born July 23, 1933) is a Catholic priest, retreat master, author, psychologist, activist and former host of the television talk program Sunday Night Prime, which is broadcast on the Eternal Word Television Network. He has also hosted several serial religious specials in addition to Sunday Night Prime. He is the founder of the Office for Spiritual Development for the Catholic Archdiocese of New York as well as a former associate director of Trinity Retreat and a former executive director of the St. Francis House. He is professor of pastoral psychology at St. Joseph's Seminary in New York and an adjunct professor at the Institute for Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia. He is one of the founders of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
Groeschel has received wide public attention through his preaching engagements, writing and television appearances. He is the author of over 30 books and has recorded more than 100 audio and video series. He publishes articles in several Catholic magazines on a monthly basis and posts a weekly meditation on the Oratory of Divine Love website. His most recent books include The Tears of God (2008), Questions and Answers About Your Journey to God (2007), The Virtue Driven Life (2006), Why Do We Believe? (2005) and There Are No Accidents: In All Things Trust in God (2004). His weekly television program, Sunday Night Live with Father Benedict Groeschel, offers a mix of interviews, answering viewer questions and discussing spiritual and social matters relating to the Catholic faith.
Groeschel has also been a highly visible Catholic activist, first in the civil rights movement. He publicly criticizes insulting depictions of the church in popular culture and the media. In September 1998, he led protests outside of an Off-Broadway theater in New York City against the production of Terrence McNally’s play Corpus Christi. In his 2002 book, From Scandal to Hope, he accused The Boston Globe, The New York Times and The San Francisco Chronicle of revealing anti-Catholic prejudice in their respective coverage of the sexual abuse scandal that disrupted the church. "Seldom in the history of journalism have I seen such virulent attacks on any institution that is supposed to receive fair treatment in the press", he wrote.
In April 2005, he again questioned the anti-Catholic sentiments of the United States media by charging distorted coverage of Joseph Ratzinger, who had become Pope Benedict XVI. Groeschel noted that the new pope had "been very badly abused by the American media", adding that the pontiff’s World War II biography was negatively distorted and incorrect reports of his personality were published.
On January 11, 2004, Groeschel was struck by an automobile while crossing a street in Orlando, Florida. He received a head injury and broken bones and over a four hour period, had no blood pressure, heartbeat or pulse for about 20 minutes. A few days later the trauma triggered a near-fatal heart attack. While he was recovering from his injuries he collaborated with John Bishop on the book, There Are No Accidents: In All Things Trust in God. He broadcast his first live program on EWTN on October 24, 2004. Although the accident left him with limited use of his right arm and difficulty in walking, he was back preaching and giving retreats by the end of 2004 and has continued to keep a full schedule. As he told the New York Times nearly four years after his accident: “They said I would never live. I lived. They said I would never think. I think. They said I would never walk. I walked. They said I would never dance, but I never danced anyway.”
Benedict J. Groeschel currently resides in Larchmont, in the state of New York. Benedict J. Groeschel was born in 1951.
Reviews - What do customers think about Spiritual Passages: The Psychology of Spiritual Development "for those who seek"?
Excellent Resource for Faith Formation May 20, 2008
This is a great treatment of spiritual formation in light of psychological growth. Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel guides the reader through spiritual childhood, adolescence and adulthood. It is a particularly beneficial read for spiritual directors or those simply wanting to seriously examine their own growth process. While not opaque, this is also not a light, feel-good book for the bedside. It will be most appreciated by students of thought and Christian Spirituality and should find a permnent place in your library.
Ancient but Postmodern Spiritual Development Feb 4, 2007
In a world struggling with postmodern issues of diversity and truth Groeschel, using the ancient model of Catholic spiritual pilgrimage, offers a meaningful perspective into our spiritual development. Not only is our spirituality inextricably tied to every other aspect of life and development, our unique history and experience condition the way we perceive God. Though not exclusive, Groeschel suggests four primary orientations to God: as One (unity), the Good, Truth or Beauty. Unlike so many books on spiritual development that cryptically elevate one spiritual orientation above another, Groeschel expands our psychological awareness of the spiritual pilgrimage by helping us to understand that each of us possess a primary orientation to God and Christ that may indeed be different but not necessarily superior or less developed than others.
Excellent ideas, but somewhat lacking in development Nov 4, 2000
Father Groeschel's presentation of ideas is sound and interesting, and the illustrations using incidents in the lives of people he has known a good approach. However, he tends to present some very intriguing concepts, then insufficiently develop them with clear explanations. For example, he refers to the Good Thief's conversation with Christ on the Cross as manipulative, but assumes the reader (who is unlikely to be a psychologist) will grasp why. The book is an excellent starting point, theologically solid and in accord with classic spirituality, but as a reader I found myself begging for more development and ideas about integration of the principles into one's own prayer life.
VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDING this book! Jul 21, 2000
Fr. Benedict is one of the most brilliant teachers i've ever heard. He speaks at Catholic conferences and on his own cable show in the East Coast (USA). His pellucid explanations, on diverse topics (relevant to the spiritual life of everyone), have no rival in the English language. This book outlines the different stages of spiritual growth. Since the spirit, (in contrast to the soul) is discussed, it's relevant to people of any religious background, but, most especially understandable to Christians. His discussions are rich and stay closely focused on his topic.