You should start with "Awareness". That's where he just comes out and says it all. Other books are more saying and things where you are expected to already be at a certain level.<quoted text>
I have never read his books. But, at your prompting, I believe I will do so.
That is true. In fact, people used to ask him why he even bothered remaining a Jesuit priest, and he used to answer, "the church is my home". After you read him, you will understand why he responded that way. If priest were like him, Catholicism would actually do something for someone bedsides teach then mere obedience. But you better be ready to be significantly challenged and be honest with your self and be willing to drop many things that you might think are precious to you, or you will neither grasp, nor like "Awareness". But if you are ready, and at 56 years old, perhaps you are, you will find it to be one of the most profound things you will ever read. If your lucky, it might even change your life, not assuming you need it to change. I think it saved mine, or maybe even my soul, but I can't explain that now.<quoted text>
At only 56 years old, it would seem a shame that he left. But, the Lord works in mysterious ways and I truly believe this.
I read, on Wiki, "11 years after de Mello's death, in 1998, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under the leadership of its Cardinal-Prefect Joseph Ratzinger (who later became Pope Benedict XVI), conducted a review of de Mello's work and released a lengthy comment expressing their theological concerns. While the group showed appreciation for many of de Mello's writings, some positions were found to be 'incompatible with the Catholic faith'.
Well, I would say you are in for a real treat. But if you have already heard some of the things he says, don't assume you already know what he means or you'll miss the larger meaning he puts together. And it's shockingly simple, not complex at all. That was his genius. Not in giving new information, but in making the intangible as tangible as possible so that you actually "see" it rather than just understand it. Many real life, tangible examples given. Many authors just get wrapped way too much around complexities, and simplicity is genius.<quoted text>
It was seen by many as an attempt by Rome to undermine the clergy in Asia and indicative of widening fissures between Rome and the Eastern Church. Despite the church's concerns, his works are popular, especially among those interested in Ignatian spirituality."
That doesn't surprise me. They have done the same with a number of their best and brightest. That is what they did with Tielhard de Chardin, also.
Another author who may have had some similar roots that led him to a very open view was Paramahansa Yogananda.
I was recently looking into the origins of advanced mathematical theory. THAT was an eye opening revelation into the modern beginnings of monotheistic realization. It was not so much the development of the capacity to love. But, what it did do was to develop a system of schooling that served to open the conscious realization of the depth of Creation and helped foster the development of disciplines and practices that assisted memory, meditation and contemplation.
The result was that when the individual learned to use these tools and then focused his or her effort on the centers of Being, especially Love, the practical results were couched in a ferocious transformation in the presence of Joy.
More power and Light to you, Friend,
And thanks for your direction to Anthony de Mello.
Nice to know that I recommended a book to someone who will actually read it ((chuckles)). Usually, I'm just wasting my time. Enjoy. I know you will.