The practice of Centering Prayer, which Father Keating presented in Open Mind, Open Heart, is the beginning of a process of spiritual growth. This twentieth anniversary edition of Invitation to Love outlines and explains the actual stages of this process, providing a road map for the journey that begins when Centering Prayer is seriously undertaken. Pointing to some of the recognizable landmarks on this journey, Father Keating addresses common questions regarding contemplative practice:
- How will it affect my life?
- Where does it lead us spiritually?
- What obstacles will I encounter along the way?
- How does it work?
Invitation to Love illustrates how regular contemplative practice can initiate a healing process that might be called 'the divine therapy'. This practical book shows how the gift of contemplation is en essential tool for confronting the heart of the Christian discipline and establishing the climate and necessary dispositions for a deepening relationship with God, leading, if we persevere, to divine union.