Prayer In The Cave Of The Heart (Book) Cyprian Consiglio
Prayer in the Cave of the Heart: The Universal Call to Contemplation Cyprian Consiglio Paperback 123 pp. Prayer is an art that cannot just be taught. It must be experienced, lived, and practiced. In Prayer in the Cave of the Heart, Cyprian Consiglio draws on his experience as a Camaldolese monk to give readers an accessible reflection on prayer that is based on Bede Griffith's "universal call to contemplation." In this text, the contemplative traditions of East and West intersect to invite readers into prayer that makes them “present to the Spirit who is already present to us."
Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam, is a monk, musician, and spiritual teacher. An internationally known performer, recording artist, and composer, he has numerous collections of original sacred, world, and liturgical music to his credit. A student of the world’s spiritual traditions, Consiglio has offered retreats and conferences around the world and authored articles for several books and periodicals.
Contents: Preface 1. The Universal Call to Contemplation 2. Jesus on Prayer 3. St. Paul on Prayer 4. Continual Prayer -- The Desert 5. Pure Prayer 6. The Soul's Ascent to God 7. Put Your Mind in Your Heart 8. Lectio Divina and the Beautiful Names of God Postscript Glossary Bibliography Notes Praise for Uncommon Gratitude: "Cyprian Consiglio is a very contemporary monk, who believes that the call to contemplation is universal and sees the current interest in Eastern spirituality as an incentive to seek the way of interiority within the Christian tradition. This approach must be greeted with delight, particularly as he brings with him the words of such as Origen, Bede Griffiths, Sri Aurobindo, Swami Abhishiktananda, and Simone Weil, and supports his arguments with wisdom from the Fourth Gospel, the Upanishads, Buddhism, and Taoism. A cornucopia of richness and delight and a fitting book for our time."-Shirley du Boulay "It’s not easy to talk about the Christian mystical tradition in universal terms without resorting to syncretism, but in Prayer in the Cave of the Heart, Camaldolese monk Cyprian Consiglio takes on the challenge with great love and shining integrity. Prayer in the Cave of the Heart is clearly the fruit of serious scholarly inquiry, courageous pilgrimage, and a humble, disciplined life of unceasing prayer. In this invitingly simple but richly packed guide to the Christian via negativa, Consiglio holds out the hope that we, too, can find our way through narrow gate that leads to contemplation."-Paula Huston Author of Forgiveness: Following Jesus into Radical Loving