LTRP Note: Eugene Peterson (d. 10/22/18) and Catholic priest Thomas Keating (d. 10/25/18) have died. The article below (which is promoting Peterson and Keating) is written by Carl McColman (author of The Big Book of Contemplative Mysticism) and is posted for informational and research purposes and not as an endorsement of the content. Both Peterson and Keating have been addressed many times over the years at Lighthouse Trails because of their deep roots in the contemplative prayer movement. Keating, especially, played a huge role in leading many down the contemplative path, and millions of people have been influenced by Eugene Peterson’s “Bible,” The Message (see links below to two articles from Lighthouse Trails).
“Farewell to Two Contemplative Authors”
By Carl McColman | Patheos
This week was a rough one for the Christian contemplative community. We lost two major authors: Eugene Peterson and Thomas Keating. . . . Keating was among a number of monks learning about Zen practice . . . Inspired by Merton but also historical figures like the Desert Fathers and Mothers, John Cassian, and the anonymous author of The Cloud of Unknowing, centering prayer borrows techniques of meditation from eastern sources (including zazen and transcendental meditation) but anchors these techniques in a Christian understanding of prayer as relationship with God.
Although centering prayer has its critics (usually people who are uncomfortable with its similarity to non-Christian practices), it has become one of the most widely-practiced forms of Christian silent prayer, especially among Catholics and mainline Protestants. Click here to continue reading.
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