Meeting Christ in His Mysteries: A Benedictine Vision of the Spiritual Life

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Nourished by liturgy and lectio divina, this book offers a transforming theological vision based on prayer and spiritual insight. As a Benedictine monk the author contemplates the sacramental mysteries of Scripture, Baptism, the Eucharist, the icon, mystical prayer and the great feasts of the liturgical year, viewing them as privileged `disclosure-zones' where the Holy Spirit reveals God's presence and invites us to be transformed into the likeness of Christ. The author's aim is to encourage a contemporary mystical spirituality based on the great sources of Christian revelation.

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Fr. Gregory Collins, OSB, has been a monk of Glenstal Abbey for twenty years. He is an expert on Orthodox theology, a past headmaster of the Abbey school, and was director of the Monastic Institute at the Benedictine University of Sant'Anselmo in Rome. An experienced retreat-director, he was also co-editor of The Glenstal Book of Daily Prayer and author of the best-seller The Glenstal Book of Icons.

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For liturgists this is a must-read! This is also a book for any Catholic who wants a companion’ for the prayerful experience of the liturgical year . Meeting Christ in His Mysteries is an epic work of sacramental and spiritual theology a bridge between the riches of East and West and a deeply personal work.Benedictines

[Meeting Christ in His Mysteries is] a profound, deeply inspirational and highly readable exploration of Christian belief, liturgical practice, and the spiritual life. It manages to be an intimately personal as well as impres¬sively scholarly accomplishment while remaining accessible to the well-educated reader. [It is] a finely balanced exploration, exposition, and commentary on Christian life devotional, sacramental, and doctrinal.Richard Woods, OP, Doctrine and Life

I have been waiting for a book like this for years. It represents a fine, contemporary example of monastic theology and the post-Vatican II rediscovery of biblical, patristic, and liturgical wisdom by both scholastic and monastic theologians. I strongly suspect it would appear high on the list of books that St. Benedict might recommend to read the whole of it straight through’ (RB 48.15).Marielle Frigge, OSB, American Benedictine Review

It gives me great pleasure to present this beautiful, passionate and unobtrusively learned book which opens up to the reader, monastic and non-monastic alike, the treasures of the life of the Holy Trinity.

In a profoundly Benedictine synthesis, the author draws on the Scriptures, the Fathers of East and West, on other writers both ancient and modern and above all on the Church’s liturgy to present the kaleidoscopic excitement of existence flowing from a life-giving and life-sustaining meeting with Christ in his mysteries.

Well versed in the teachings, traditions and life of the Christian East, in particular its liturgical life as reflected in its icons, the author draws much of his illustrative material from this source, establishing a happy congruity of East and West while not ignoring nuances of interpretation or belief.

Balanced, ecumenical and eloquently accessible, Father Gregory’s book presents the best of contemporary thinking on the Trinity and Chr

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