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Living in the question : meditations in the style of Lectio Divina
Pennington, M. Basil.
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New York : Continuum, [1999]

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153 pages ; 21 cm
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Who do you say that I am? Who are my mother and brothers? Has no-one condemned you? Jesus asked a lot of questions, and this volume identifies over 200 of them. Father Pennington reflects on the questions and suggests that living with the questions of Jesus, living in these questions, can bring us to a much wider perspective on our lives, in fact, to seeing our lives the way God sees them.

Author Notes

After his ordination in 1957, M. Basil Pennington spent several years studying in Rome and received and S.T.L. and a J.C.L. He assisted at the Second Vatican Council as a peritus and in the preparation of the new Code of Canon Law. He started Cistercian Publications in 1968 and founded the Institute of Cistercian Studies at Western Michigan University in 1973. He became known through his efforts to help the Church refind its contemplative dimension through the Centering Prayer movement.

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Pennington, a Cistercian monk, invites readers to live the questions of the Gospels rather than to seek pat answers. Like all great teachers, Jesus posed the questions and provided his pupils with the opportunity to listen to them and place them into personal context. Asserting that Jesus asks countless questions in the New Testament that challenge followers to lead lives of possibility, hope, and faith, Pennington identifies 15 of these queries, reflects on their meaning, and offers suggestions as to how these vital questions can "bring clarity and perspective to our lives." Some of the perpetually provocative questions analyzed include "What do you want?" "Who do you say that I am?" "Will God grant justice to his chosen?" "Do you believe I can do this for you?" and "Who is my mother and who are my brothers?" A vibrant, practical, and readily accessible theological overview of Lectio Divina, the art of listening to the Lord speaking to you through Sacred Text. --Margaret Flanagan

Table of Contents

Welcomep. 1
1. What do you want?p. 18
2. What did you go out to the desert to see?p. 24
3. What do you want me to do for you?p. 29
4. Who do you say that I am?p. 39
5. Will God grant justice to his chosen?p. 51
6. Is it lawful?p. 59
7. Why do you not believe?p. 65
8. Do you believe I can do this for you?p. 71
9. How many loaves do you have?p. 76
10. Do you see anything?p. 83
11. Where are the nine?p. 90
12. Has no one condemned you?p. 97
13. Why should it clutter the ground?p. 103
14. Did you not know?p. 113
15. Who is my mother?p. 122
A Concluding Wordp. 128
Some Additionsp. 131
The Questions of Jesusp. 132
The Method of Lectio Divinap. 148
Centering Prayerp. 149
Some Helpful Readingp. 153