Item description for Discovering the Hidden Ground of Love (Bridges to Contemplative Living With Thomas Merton Series) by Jonathan Montaldo & Robert G. Toth...
Overview Bridges to Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton gently leads participants on a journey toward spiritual transformation and a more contemplative and peace-filled life. Each eight-session booklet offers an introduction to Merton and contemplative living through prayers, readings from Merton and other spiritual masters, and questions for small group dialogue. The fourth book, Discovering the Hidden Ground of Love, leads participants to explore the power of love and to embrace God as love and ultimate source of our very being.
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Studio: Ave Maria Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.46" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.16" Weight: 0.21 lbs.
Release Date Mar 31, 2007
Publisher Ave Maria Press
Series Bridges To Contemplative Living
Series Number 4
ISBN 1594710910 ISBN13 9781594710919
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More About Jonathan Montaldo & Robert G. Toth
Jonathan Montaldo is the general editor (with Gray Henry) of the Fons Vitae Thomas Merton Series. He is a former director of the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University and served as associate director of the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living. He lives in Mantua, New Jersey. Richard Rohr is a Franciscan priest and directs the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, which he founded in 1987. He is the author of many books including Dancing Standing Still, Everything Belongs, Immortal Diamond, The Naked Now, and Silent Compassion. He lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Parker J. Palmer is a writer, speaker, activist, and the founder and senior partner of the Center for Courage & Renewal. He is the author of nine books, including The Active Life, The Courage to Teach, The Company of Strangers, Healing the Heart of Democracy, A Hidden Wholeness, and The Promise of Paradox. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin. Cynthia Bourgeault is an Episcopal priest, writer, and internationally known retreat leader who is principal teacher and advisor at the Contemplative Society. She is the author of eight books: Centering Prayer and Inner Awakening, Chanting the Psalms, The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, Love Is Stronger than Death, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene, Mystical Hope, The Wisdom Jesus, and The Wisdom Way of Knowing. Thomas Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul and 19 other books on psychology and spirituality. His most recent book is A Religion of One's Own. Robert Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University. At H. H. Dalai Lama's request, he cofounded the American Institute of Buddhist Studies. He is the translator of The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and author of many other books, including The Central Philosophy of Tibet, Inner Revolution, Why the Dalai Lama Matters, and Wisdom and Compassion: The Sacred Art of Tibet. Huston Smith is the Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion and distinguished adjunct professor of philosophy, emeritus, at Syracuse University. He is the author of 14 books, including the bestselling The World's and Why Religion Matters.Kallistos Ware is Metropolitan of Diokleia within the Eastern Orthodox Church under the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. He is one of the best-known contemporary Eastern Orthodox theologians, and has authored and translated many books including The Inner Kingdom: Collected Works, Volume 1; In the Image of the Trinity: Collected Works, Volume 2, and Praying with Orthodox Tradition. Joan Chittister is a Benedictine nun, an international lecturer and award-winning author of more than 50 books, for which she has won 13 Catholic Press Association awards. She is the founder and executive director of Benetvision, a resource and research center for contemporary spirituality. She lives in Erie, Pennsylvenia. James Forest is the author of several books, including biographies of Dorothy Day (All Is Grace) and Thomas Merton (Living with Wisdom). He was a managing editor of the Catholic Worker and is currently international secretary of the Orthodox Peace Fellowship. Matthew Fox is a spiritual theologian and author of 31 books on spirituality and culture, including The Coming of the Cosmic Christ, Original Blessing, and A Spirituality Named Compassion. His most recent books are Christian Mystics: 365 Readings and Meditations and Hildegard of Bingen, A Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power for the Twenty-first Century. Roger Lipsey is the author of Angelic Mistakes: The Art of Thomas Merton, which won the "Louie" from the International Thomas Merton Society. Judith Simmer-Brown is a professor of religious studies at Naropa University and is the author of Dakini's Warm Breath: The Feminine Principle in Tibetan Buddhism. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. Seyyed Hossein Nasr is professor of Islamic university studies at George Washington University, and the author of more than 50 books, including The Garden of Truth, Knowledge and the Sacred, Religion and the Order of Nature, Science and Civilization in Islam, and Three Muslim Sages. He lives in Washington, DC.
Jonathan Montaldo currently resides in Louisville, in the state of Kentucky.
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Deeply Spiritual Insights Jun 10, 2007
Discovering the Hidden Ground of Love is the fourth of eight booklets in the series "Bridges of Contemplative Living with Thomas Merton." Like its predecessors, it contains eight sessions consisting of a psalm passage; an introduction; excerpts on the topic from Merton's work and that of another spiritual writer; and reflection questions. Suggestions for individual and group use, a facilitator's guide, and optional closing prayers are included.
In reviewing the first three booklets, I focused primarily on the passages from Merton's work. This time, I will take a closer look at the session introductions prepared by editors Jonathan Montaldo and Robert G. Toth. My first example is from Session One, Wisdom for Contemplative Living. In the selection from Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander, Merton writes, "paradise is all around us," as he contemplates the point between darkness and daylight. The editors use the image of God as "the beautiful spider who webs us to connection with every line of His creation" to introduce the readings. In the reflection section they ask how we attend to "the web of life of which we all are an intricate part." Their opening to Session Three, Our Poor Selves and God's Mercy, prepares us for Merton's ideas on our dual identities, external masks, and hidden inner selves: "To love one another and God, and thus to find and love our true selves, is a consistently fragile enterprise."
I highly recommend this booklet and the entire series to small groups and individuals who appreciate rich language and deeply spiritual insights.