Introduction to the Christian Contemplative Tradition

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Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
Former Provincial, Dominican Friars
(6 customer reviews)
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Fr. Donald Goergen’s erudite audio lectures are enjoyed by listeners in over 30 countries. A leading theologian and spirituality expert, Fr. Goergen presents a masterpiece of spiritually edifying insights gleaned from the 2,000 years contemplative tradition.

You will explore key themes in spiritual theology from a Catholic perspective. It draws on the spiritual masters as well as core truths of the Catholic faith to elucidate the experiences of prayer, darkness, faith, hope, and love.

Fr. Goergen helps you appropriate the spiritual wisdom of centuries passed so that you might deepen your interior life and relationship to God. His expert guidance will prepare you to face the challenges presented by our world and the Catholic Church today.

Topics such as Word and Sacrament, friendship and justice, joy and sadness are grounded in our innermost yearning for the living God. Contemplation is understood not as something for monks and nuns alone, but also as the natural culmination of life with Christ.

We are all called to be contemplative, and in fact the promotion of a more contemplative con

Fr. Donald Goergen’s erudite audio lectures are enjoyed by listeners in over 30 countries. A leading theologian and spirituality expert, Fr. Goergen presents a masterpiece of spiritually edifying insights gleaned from the 2,000 years contemplative tradition.

You will explore key themes in spiritual theology from a Catholic perspective. It draws on the spiritual masters as well as core truths of the Catholic faith to elucidate the experiences of prayer, darkness, faith, hope, and love.

Fr. Goergen helps you appropriate the spiritual wisdom of centuries passed so that you might deepen your interior life and relationship to God. His expert guidance will prepare you to face the challenges presented by our world and the Catholic Church today.

Topics such as Word and Sacrament, friendship and justice, joy and sadness are grounded in our innermost yearning for the living God. Contemplation is understood not as something for monks and nuns alone, but also as the natural culmination of life with Christ.

We are all called to be contemplative, and in fact the promotion of a more contemplative consciousness has become an important social ministry for our times. These spiritual talks will assist you in exploring what it means to live in the spirit, give one’s life to Christ, or live out of one’s innermost and truest self.

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This course was previously published as The Christian Contemplative Tradition

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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.
Praise for Donald Goergen 
“The finest professor with whom I have had the privilege to study, Don’s style is at once captivating and endearing.” – Fr. Raymond-Marie Bryce, O.P., Associate Pastor, Indiana University
 Fr. Goergen is a contemplative person, very much in tune with contemporary spirituality. He has carried many administrative responsibilities with steady competence. He possesses the Midwestern virtues of hard work and sober judgment, along with a ready humor.” – Benedict T. Viviano, O.P., biblical scholar
“Few have Fr. Don Goergen’s understanding of the elusive depths of Dominican spirituality. His living of our Dominican life shines through his body of published work on the Holy Spirit as well as his down to earth recorded lectures and retreats on Chardin and our own Eckhart.” – Mr. Joseph J. Komadina, O.P.
“Father Don Goergen, O.P., is a master of the spiritual life. He has not only studied Christian spirituality for many years but has put into practice in his adult life all of those key elements which enable one to grow in holiness…. Let Don show you with the way with his wisdom and insights.” – Father Harry Byrne, O.P., Professor Emeritus, Aquinas Institute of Theology
“Studying Christology with Donald Goergen, OP almost two decades ago forever changed my understanding of Jesus of Nazareth, and continues to shape my prayer and preaching to this day.  I am thrilled that Don’s research and insight will now be available to a wider audience.”
– Ann M. Garrido, Associate Professor of Homiletics, Aquinas Institute of Theology
“Don Goergen has spent his life meditating on the meaning of Jesus and his mission… His work, whether spoken or written, is always holistic: intellectually satisfying, strengthening the heart, socially and pastorally sensitive.” – Vivian Boland OP, socius to the Master of the Order of Preachers

  • What Contemplation is Not
  • Searching for God
  • The Mystery of Sadness in Contemplative Life
  • Darkness, Emptiness, Aloneness
  • Praying Contemplatively: Christian Meditation
  • Infused Prayer
  • Prayer and Fasting
  • The Great Silence
  • Gifts of the Spirit
  • The Living Word
  • Holy Eucharist; Blessed Sacrament
  • Holy Friendship
  • A Life of Charity
  • Contemplative Love
  • Conversion and Repentance
  • Humility is the Soil
  • The Marriage of Heart and Mind
  • Mary, Mother of God, Contemplative Model
  • Jesus, Son of Mary and Son of God
  • The Evolution of Consciousness
  • Living Contemplatively and Acting Justly
  • From Mindlessness to Mindfulness
  • Remembering the Body
  • Remembering the Church

6 reviews for Introduction to the Christian Contemplative Tradition

  1. Hermitage

    Excellent introduction to the Christian Contemplative Tradition

    Don Goergen brought together in this work his deep contemplative prayer life and his study.The result is one of the best practical works on the contemplative life in these modern times. I hope many people take advantage of these CD’s and gain the wisdom contained within.

  2. Patricia Boss, San Rafael, CA, USA

    *

    I appreciate the quality of the delivery by Fr. Goergen, clarity, engagement, and content. These sessions contain a inspiring reflection on a specific element Christian spirituality which makes each talk a perfect aid in one’s private retreat or spiritual development effort.

  3. Laurie

    Never boring

    I loved the balance of pace of phrasing, lyrical-ness of thought and authentic but expressive articulation… never boring or overly repetitive tone from this thoughtful speaker.

  4. Patricia

    Consistently anchoring

    I initially used this program for a private retreat. Since then I’ve listened to it on longer driving trips as it is consistently anchoring for me.

  5. H.K. D., MO

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    Fr Goergen gives a thorough overview of contemplation and the contemplative life. If you have a serious prayer life, this audio set is a must have. I love that he ends each section with a prayer, a chime and a moment of silence. It gives you time to absorb his words, hold them in your heart.

  6. Sister Patricia B., CA

    Spring Survey: April 2017

    I like the segments of this and other programs. 20-30 minutes is just right. Fr. Goergen provides an excellent overview of Christian spirituality while not getting to deep into theological babble. I’ve used it for retreat twice since I first obtained it and imagine I may use it again. I’ve lent it to other who have also enjoyed the presentations.

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