Gift of Life

During four days of filming in December 2010, Fr. Thomas Keating sat with Fr. Carl Arico, his long-time friend, colleague, and founding member of Contemplative Outreach in an intimate conversation focused on the transformative process of death and dying as part of, rather than the end of, life’s journey. The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution. The new DVD series will be released later this year. Over six hours of footage from the interview was not used in the series. Each week during 2013, bits of this unused footage will be posted to the website. We call these tidbits Gifts for Living …. May it be so.

The Purpose of Meditation

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Gifts for Living
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The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living DVD set offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution. These videos are out-takes from the video series and presented here for your enrichment. A new video will be presented every Monday.

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No one can conceive in this world what God has prepared for those who love him. And that life can be foretasted here and that’s the purpose of disciplines and the purpose of Centering Prayer and the purpose of every serious meditation that moves beyond the concepts into openness – surrender  – to the Divine Ground within, as Eckhart calls it, which is really the Holy Spirit and of turning our life over to that inspiration so that we’re not only trying, but actually, expressing God’s will, allowing, as Paul says, Christ to live in us.


 

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El propósito de la meditación

Nadie puede concebir en este mundo lo que Dios ha preparado para lo que lo aman. Y esa vida puede ser anticipada aquí, y ese es el propósito de las disciplinas y el propósito de la Oración Centrante, y el propósito de toda meditación seria que va más allá de los conceptos hacia la apertura – la entrega – a la esencia de lo Divino en nuestro interior, en términos de Eckhart, que es en realidad el Espíritu Santo, e implica la entrega de nuestra vida a esa inspiración, de tal manera que ya no solo intentamos expresar, sino que realmente expresamos, la voluntad de Dios, permitiendo, como dice Pablo, que Cristo viva en nosotros.
 

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Heaven

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Gifts for Living
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26

The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living DVD set offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution. These videos are out-takes from the video series and presented here for your enrichment. A new video will be presented every Monday.

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God makes use of everything in order to communicate the full breath and length and depth of his invitation to become equal to himself, to become God too in so far as that is possible for the human condition. And it certainly is a life, as Paul says, that can’t be imagined because no one can conceive in this world what God has prepared for those who love him, and that is to dwell in that House all the days of your life. This is about as close an idea as one can get that is really accurate of heaven.


 

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El Cielo

Dios hace uso de todo con el fin de comunicar  toda la anchura, la longitud y la profundidad de su invitación a hacernos iguales a El, para también convertirnos en Dios en la medida que sea posible para la condición humana. Como dice Pablo, ciertamente es una vida que no podemos imaginar. ya que nadie puede en este mundo concebir lo que Dios ha preparado para quiénes lo aman, y esto es morar en esa Casa todos los días de tu vida. Esa es una idea lo más precisa posible de lo que es el Cielo.

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An Immature Way to Present the Gospel

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Gifts for Living
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25

The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living DVD set offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution. These videos are out-takes from the video series and presented here for your enrichment. A new video will be presented every Monday.

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The subject of a judging God is a delicate point because in Christian history there has been an emphasis on guilt and, in consequence, shame and activities were believed to be fairly cut and dry. Keep the 10 commandments, or else! But there are many other texts in Scripture that greatly modify that attitude, but it’s deeply ensconced in the minds of many Christians of different denominations and, even in my day – the earlier part of it – there were always retreats in which there was a horrendous lecture designed to frighten all the young people to go to confession . . . not a mature or a way of presenting the Gospel . . .  and not a few Christians felt they had to almost give up the faith during their adolescence in order to just be normal, in order to get over these dark fears of hell and punishment.


 

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Una forma inmadura de presentar el Evangelio

El tema de un Dios que juzga es un punto delicado porque en la historia del cristianismo ha habido un énfasis en la culpa y, por lo tanto, se creía que la vergüenza y las acciones estaban bien definidas.

¡Cumpla con los 10 mandamientos, o si no ¡prepárate! Pero hay muchos otros textos de las Escrituras que modifican en gran medida esa actitud, que está profundamente instalada en la mente de muchos cristianos de diferentes denominaciones e incluso en mi día – en la primera parte de ella- siempre había retiros en los que tenían una conferencia terrible diseñada para asustar a todos los jóvenes para que fueran a confesarse…no era una forma madura de presentar el Evangelio…y no pocos cristianos durante su adolescencia sentían que tenían que casi renunciar a la fe con el fin de ser simplemente normales,  para poder superar estos miedos oscuros del infierno y el castigo.

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Who are We to Judge?

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Gifts for Living
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24

The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living DVD set offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution. These videos are out-takes from the video series and presented here for your enrichment. A new video will be presented every Monday.

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What happens to a person driven to suicide?

Who are we to judge when the dose of human misery is just overwhelming? They may be afraid that they might do harm to others or they may just feel that they just can’t go on. God has his way of saving them too and they shouldn’t be judged as morally defective just because of having been driven through psychological horrors that we have no way of knowing.


 

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¿Quiénes somos para juzgar?

¿Qué le sucede a una persona que ha sido empujada al suicidio?

¿Quiénes somos para juzgar cuando la dosis de la miseria humana es abrumadora? Ellas pueden tener miedo de que pudieran hacer daño a los demás o simplemente pueden sentir que no pueden continuar. Dios tiene su manera de salvarlos también y no deben ser juzgadas como moralmente defectuosos sólo por haber sido conducidas a través de horrores psicológicos que no tenemos forma de saberlo.

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The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living Online Video with Spanish Subtitles & Guidebook pdf

El Don de la Vida – Muerte y Morir, Vida y Vivir Video en línea con Subtítulos en Español y Guía en pdf 

El Don de la Vida: Muerte y Morir, Vida y Vivir: ofrece una visión de esperanza  y una visión de la realidad que contrarresta las norma culturales que ven la muerte como una tragedia,  o el final de la vida, o la entrada a un juicio severo y al castigo. 

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Brother Patrick in Life and Death

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Gifts for Living
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The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living DVD set offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution. These videos are out-takes from the video series and presented here for your enrichment. A new video will be presented every Monday.

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Br. Patrick who was sort of famous in the community for continuous vocal prayer began to simplify it down to a special method that he seemed to have which was to keep repeating the words over and over again on which he built his permanent and deepening communion with God. We have a picture of him sitting in a chair; his lungs kind of gave out; and he certainly was perfectly happy and you can see that his lips are still moving. He never stopped praying. In the earlier years, he used to milk the cows at 3 o’clock in the morning with a barn that had no heat and no way of getting rid of the manure except through a hole in the floor and the novices, of whom I was one, were assigned to shovel the stuff out in the Spring and spread it on the field. Anyway, he was in there praying: ‘Hail Mary, Hail Mary, full of grace, full of grace, blessed are you, blessed are you, among women, women, women, women …’  At this point, the novice rushed out and went to the abbot and said, ‘I think Br. Patrick is having trouble with temptations!’ And the abbot had to reassure him that this was a special form of prayer that Br. Patrick had developed.

In actual death, he was just doing what he always did. But in the course of his long life he had, I’m sure, reached that stage that being here or there was the same thing.


 

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El hermano Patrick en la Vida y en la Muerte

El hermano Patrick, que era algo famoso en la comunidad por la oración vocal continua comenzó a simplificarla según un método especial que el parecía tener que consistía en seguir repitiendo las palabras una y otra vez, y así construía su permanente y cada vez más profunda comunión con Dios. Tenemos una foto de él sentado en una silla, sus pulmones parecían haber cedido, y ciertamente el estaba perfectamente feliz y se podía ver que sus labios aun se seguían moviendo. El nunca dejo de orar. En los primeros años, solía ordeñar las vacas a las 3 de la mañana en un granero que no tenia calefacción y en el no había forma de deshacerse del estiércol, excepto a través de un agujero en el suelo y los novicios, de los cuales yo era uno, se nos había encomendado palear el material en la primavera y extenderlo sobre el campo. De todos modos, el estaba allí orando:”Dios te salve María, Dios te salve María, llena de gracia, llena de gracia, bendita seas, bendita tu ere entre las mujeres, mujeres, mujeres, mujeres…” En este punto, un novicio salió corriendo y se dirigió al abad y le dijo: ¡Creo que el hermano Patrick está teniendo problemas con las tentaciones! Y el abad tuvo que asegurarle que se trataba de una forma especial de oración que el hermano Patrick había desarrollado.

En el momento de su muerte, él simplemente estuvo haciendo lo que siempre había hecho. Pero en el curso de su larga vida estoy seguro que alcanzó esa etapa donde estar aquí o allá son la misma cosa.

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Accepting Others and Accepting God

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Gifts for Living
Week: 
22

The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living DVD set offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution. These videos are out-takes from the video series and presented here for your enrichment. A new video will be presented every Monday.

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We can’t judge people’s spiritual journey; even someone we think doesn’t have one may have one, but not in the means that we normally think of. So, the main thing one is freed from in these higher states of consciousness – surrender and transcendence – is the ability not to judge anyone else and the capacity to just be oneself which is an ordinary human being equal with everybody else, but – what is most important – in some way now equal to God because they have accepted him finally on his own terms.


 

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La aceptación de otros y aceptación de Dios

No podemos juzgar el viaje espiritual de la gente, incluso alguien que pensamos que puede no tenerlo, de hecho quizá lo tiene, pero no de la forma que normalmente pensamos. Por lo tanto, lo principal que adquirimos en estos estados superiores de conciencia - la entrega y la trascendencia - es la capacidad de no juzgar a nadie y la capacidad de simplemente ser uno mismo, un ser humano ordinario igual a todos los demás, pero - lo que es más importante - de alguna manera ahora igual a Dios porque finalmente ha sido aceptado en sus propios términos.

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God Provides the Necessary Time

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Gifts for Living
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21

The Gift of Life: Death & Dying, Life & Living DVD set offers a vision of hope and a view of reality that counter the cultural norms that view death as a tragedy, or the end of living, or an entry into harsh judgment and retribution. These videos are out-takes from the video series and presented here for your enrichment. A new video will be presented every Monday.

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There is a story of a confessor that was so famous in France… Well, this lady had lost her husband who had jumped off a bridge, or something, and she was a devote lady in agony and worried about his salvation, of course. Because in those days it was generally believed that suicides couldn’t get into heaven. So, she went in and started waiting and there was practically no hope of getting in. There was such a long line. At some point, he popped out of the confessional and come over to her. He had evidently psychic gifts and he said to her: ‘Don’t worry about your husband. He made a good act of contrition on the way down!’ That’s all he had time for but she was completely consoled and reassured.


 

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Dios provee el tiempo necesario

Hay una historia de un confesor, que era tan famoso en Francia ... bueno, esta mujer había perdido a su marido que había saltado de un puente, o algo así, y ella era una mujer devota que estaba sufriendo mucho preocupada por su salvación, por supuesto. Porque en aquellos tiempos se creía que los suicidas no podían entrar en el cielo. Así, ella entró a la iglesia y comenzó a esperar y no había prácticamente ninguna esperanza de entrar al confesionario. Había una cola tan larga. En algún momento, él (confesor) salió del confesionario y llegó hasta  ella. Tenía dones psíquicos, evidentemente, y le dijo: “No te preocupes por tu marido. Hizo un buen acto de contrición en el camino cuando iba hacia abajo” Ese fue el único tiempo del que el confesor disponía pero ella se sintió completamente consolada y tranquilizada.

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