Serenity and Contemplation: A Christian Guide to Meditation

Podcast-style audio course - 12 Topics & 4 CDs
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
Aquinas Institute of Theology
(3 customer reviews)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
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Audio Download + Subscription
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Serenity and Contemplation: A Christian Guide to Meditation

Podcast-style audio course - 12 Topics & 4 CDs
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
Aquinas Institute of Theology
(3 customer reviews)
Includes Free Study Guide
Audio Download + Subscription
$0.00

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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

Audio Sample:

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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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

  • 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

3 reviews for Serenity and Contemplation: A Christian Guide to Meditation

  1. Bob O., KY

    Winter Survey: January 2017

    Answered and addressed some problems/ questions I had about meditation.

  2. Msgr. Allen H., TN

    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.

  3. Rev. James R. M., C.Ss.R., NJ

    2018 Spring Survey

    I am using various DVD courses with a retirement community of Catholic Sisters. The courses are not only

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