A Spiritual Journey with Meath Conlan
From the barren land of the Australian wilderness to the tropical landscape of South India, Meath Conlan traces his spiritual journey under the guidance of the late spiritual master Bede Griffiths. He shares with us a fascinating and intimate portrait of this humble and holy man, who was not only a mentor but friend and confidante. Father Bede's conversations and wisdom come to life through Conlan's recollections and vivid pictures which chronicle their years of friendship. The twenty-eight full color photos from the author's private collection include public celebrations, interfaith meetings with world religious leaders, as well as private moments of contemplation and worship.
"What a unique and sacred school of learning . . . Since, as Bede Griffiths insists, God's call to contemplation is universal, everyone should find practical and profound guidance in these pages.' From the Foreword by Sister Pascaline Coff, OSB
Meath Conlan is a Catholic priest whose previous assignments include a rural ministry in Australia. He has represented the Holy See's Secretariat for Non-Christian Religions to the People's Republic of China and at the invitation of the Dalai Lama, lectured on Christian Spirituality to Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns in the Himalayas. In addition to his publications, Dr. Conlan has a private practice as a spiritual director.
EXCERPTS: "The search for meaning and self-transcendence is a significant human experience that requires description. It is my hope that the following memoir vignettes will provide sources of reflection for people who find themselves at spiritual crossroads. I hope those who knew Father Bede will enjoy revisiting their friend through the following incidents. Finally, I trust this book will be an encouragement for seekers, who, without having met him personally, have been inspired by his life and thought."
"But quite honestly I believe that any serious accident, disease, or loss in life can be a means of breakthrough. One lives in one's world in the family and at work in personal consciousness. Everything seems happy enough. But then, suddenly one is overtaken by tragedy, which can be a means of transformation. Everything seems appalling and fearful at the time. But if one accepts it as Providence and surrenders to the process, one finds the emerging of the deep Self. One looks back on the event, and sees that at such a time there seems to be a spiritual power entering, a kind of enlightenment and healing . . . It takes different forms for different people, but underneath the seeming tragedy, there is always the spirit of Love operating in and through it all for the good of the individual."
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