All Christians are called to be contemplative. Each Christian, in whatever state in life––married, single, priest or consecrated––is called to a life of prayer and contemplation. For many, the practice of prayer, particularly contemplative prayer, is a difficult thing. Contemplative prayer requires focus, and we all too often get distracted and cannot focus, we experience in our prayer what Thomas Merton calls, "the Monkey Brain."
The secret to great contemplative prayer, as the Church's mystical tradition has taught us, is love. The key to prayer and contemplation is sitting and gazing with love toward the God who is Love. Once we are conscious of how we are loved by the Beloved (the Lord) we begin to experience contemplation, as Fr. Don Goergen, OP, says, "as a way of living, for all states of life."
Fr. Goergen has released a "must have" set of recordings on how to pray and live contemplatively. The Christian Contemplative Tradition is a set of 9 CDs, in which Fr. Goergen has appropriated the spiritual wisdom of the centuries so that we might deepen our interior lives and relationship to God and be prepared to face the challenges, which our world and Church present. The Christian Contemplative Tradition features topics such as Word and Sacrament, Friendship, Justice, Joy and Sadness that are grounded our innermost yearning for the living God.
If you are interested in purchasing or finding out more about The Christian Contemplative Tradition visit: Now You Know Media: "The Christian Contemplative Tradition" or read about Fr. Donald Goergen, OP.
Besides currently serving as Prior of the Dominican Studentate in St. Louis, Fr. Goergen is a Master of Sacred Theology (Sacrae Theologiae Magister), a professor at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, a lecturer, retreat master, and author. He previously served as Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of St. Albert the Great (Central United States). He has published many articles and ten books in the areas of Christology and Christian Spirituality. He holds a doctorate in Systematic Theology, having written his dissertation on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. His current interests include contemplative traditions, East and West, the evolution of consciousness, and the thought of Thomas Aquinas as spiritual master. Among other honors awarded him, he is the recipient of the 2010 Yves Congar Award from Barry University in Miami.