Serenity and Contemplation: A Christian Guide to Meditation

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Serenity and Contemplation: A Christian Guide to Meditation

  • Aquinas Institute of Theology
12 Lectures (5 Discs) Including Electronic Study Guide
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Gain profound insights and practical guidance into the Christian traditions of meditative prayer.

Many people are familiar with the practice of meditation in Eastern spiritual traditions. What many do not know, however, is that Western mysticism also gives us a rich meditative tradition. From the time of the desert fathers and mothers to the present day, a long line of mystics have given us inspiring, prayerful practices.

In Serenity and Contemplation: A Christian Guide to Meditation, you will learn powerful lessons about meditative prayer, or the silencing of the mind. Under the guidance of Fr. Donald Goergen, you will explore such themes as silence, group meditation, and the difference between meditation and contemplation. Along the way, you will be inspired by the teachings of the Philokalia, John Cassian, St. Augustine, St. Dominic, Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, Teresa of Ávila, John of the Cross, Thérèse of Lisieux, and many others.

This series will invite you to pray with fewer words and deepen your experience of contemplation. In these 12 powerful talks, you will learn how to engage in meditative and contemplative practices while appreciating the Christian mystical tradition that has nourished these practices throughout the centuries. As you learn from the great cloud of witnesses who have gone before us, you will expand your horizons of prayer.

Embark on this sublime spiritual odyssey today.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • Introduction to Meditation: The Way of Silence
  • Surprises from the Desert: Learning from the Philokalia
  • The Prayer Word: Praying with John Cassian
  • Wrestling with Distractions: Quieting the Mind
  • Scrupulosity and Freedom
  • St. Augustine: Restless Hearts
  • Praying with the Body
  • Meister Eckhart: Is a Path Necessary?
  • Being Held by Love
  • Mystical Darkness and Perseverance
  • Meditation in Common
  • Living in the Presence
About Your Presenter

Donald Goergen, O.P., Ph.D., is a Dominican priest, teacher, lecturer, and author. He has published many articles and ten books in the areas of Christology and Christian Spirituality. His most recent book was Fire of Love: Encountering the Holy Spirit. He has taught, lectured and given retreats in Asia, Africa, and throughout North America. He was previously Provincial for the Dominican Friars of the Central Province as well as President of the Dominican Leadership Conference.

He co-founded the Dominican Ashram, a contemplative Dominican community and ministry of prayer, in which he lived for nine years. He previously taught and currently teaches at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO, where he is also prior of the formation community. His doctorate is in systematic theology, his dissertation on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and his current interests include contemplative traditions, East and West, the evolution of consciousness, and the thought of Thomas Aquinas as a spiritual master. Among other honors awarded him, he is the recipient of the 2010 Yves Congar Award from Barry University in Miami.

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2018 Spring Survey
I am using various DVD courses with a retirement community of Catholic Sisters. The courses are not only Review by Rev. James R. McDonald, C.Ss.R., Englewood Cliffs, NJ (Posted on 4/6/2018)
Summer Survey: July 2017
He put the contemplative experience into everyday life and not something for only some. Also liked how he used Mary as a real model. Review by Msgr. Allen Humbrecht Soddy Daisy, Tennessee . USA (Posted on 7/1/2017)
Winter Survey: January 2017
Answered and addressed some problems/ questions I had about meditation. Review by Bob Overberg Louisville, Ky. USA (Posted on 1/8/2017)
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