The Contemplative Experience

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The Contemplative Experience

Erotic Love and Spiritual Union

Steeped in the imagery of the biblical Song of Songs and the bridal mysticism of the early Church, this book celebrates monastic eros and invites each one of us to experience true contemplative bliss.

One of the most profound and noble expressions of Christian spirituality, contemplation is as familiar to the Trappist monk as the Buddhist one. In each tradition the power of desire, purified and redirected toward God, breaks through the heat of longing into the perfect fullness of Christlike love. The Contemplative Experience celebrates the mature monastic eros—holy desire—and encourages an understanding of the ways that lead to an experience of immersion in the love of God.

Reviews and endorsements

"Out of a rich life-experience, Father Joseph Chu-Cong has given us an extraordinarily good book. I found the chapter on the Eucharist especially powerful. It is an exceptional contribution to the ever-growing interreligious dialogue."
Father M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O.

9780824517816
Paperback / 152 pages
Dimensions: 5 3/8 x 8 1/4
CROSSROAD, 1999