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John Main (1926-1982) has been acclaimed as one of the great spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. He became a Benedictine monk after diplomatic service in the Far East and then teaching law at Trinity College, Dublin. By his life and teaching, John Main has helped restore to Christianity its own tradition of meditation and enabled many to discover its transforming power for themselves. He founded an open Benedictine community in Montreal from which sprang The World Community for Christian Meditation, a worldwide spiritual family linked by the daily practice of meditation.

 



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Christian Meditation - The Gethsemani Talks

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A simple teaching on meditation in the Christian tradition. These conferences were first given at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Thomas Merton's monastery, and have since proved an excellent introduction to the way of meditation in the Christian tradition.
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Community of Love

#6009
This book brings together John Main's insights into a range of issues: prayer, community, monasticism, the spiritual relevance of Mary, and death and dying. John Main's approach to modern dilemmas combines authority with respect for individual freedom.
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Door to Silence

#6212
Door to Silence is the seventh of eight sets of John Main’s collected talks. John Main saw meditation as opening us to the experience of “being”, which is the right basis of all right action and healthy living. As we are slowly transformed by knowing God’
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In the Beginning

#6213
In the Beginning is the eighth of eight sets of John Main’s collected talks. John Main teaches meditation as a simple but demanding discipline, and advises the beginner to simply begin, and persevere. All that matters is to be on the way and to be faithfu
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John Main - A Biography

#6015
This booklet tells the story of John Main through letters, anecdotes, reminiscences by family, friends and colleagues. A collection of photographs adds a personal touch to this story. The booklet gives a new dimension to our understanding of the man.
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John Main - Memorial Eucharist

#8165
John Main had a deep mystical wonder for the Eucharist which arose out of and was deepened by his lifelong faith, his celebration of the sacrament and his meditation…
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John Main by those who knew him

#6013
This collection of personal reminiscences by John Main's family, friends and colleagues is often funny, sometimes touching, always illuminating.
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JOHN MAIN: Collected Talks

#6204-#6213
The Collected Talks of John Main make available to people today the unique and transforming power of his oral teaching. The best form of a spiritual teaching has always been the spoken word. These talks were the first phase of what later became The World
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Moment of Christ

#6206
Moment of Christ is the third of eight sets of John Main’s collected talks. These talks were given at his monastery in Montreal to groups who came on weekday evenings to listen to and meditate with him. The talks were meant to persuade ordinary people, ma
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Our Hearts Burned Within Us

#6012
After his death in 1982, John Main’s personal copy of the New Testament was found to have many passages marked by him...
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SACRAMENT: The Christian Mysteries

#6257
For John Main the sacraments in the modern age can only be rediscovered through deep prayer. Deeply rooted in theological tradition, he also sees the sacraments freshly as healing, enlightening mysteries of the mystical dimension. In this simple book he o
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Silence & Stillness in Every Season

#6103
This collection of John Main’s teaching from his talks and books draws the essence of his teachings of Christian Meditation into one volume. Every morning and evening these daily readings offer gentle encouragement and wise inspiration. Laurence Freema
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Still Present - The Life and Legacy of John Main

#8164
This seminar marked the 25th anniversary of John Main’s death. 6 speakers from various fields addressed contemporary issues speaking from their personal experience of the way of prayer that John Main taught.
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The Christian Mysteries: Prayer and Sacrament

#6205
The Christian Mysteries: Prayer and Sacrament is the second of eight sets of John Main’s collected talks. John Main believed that meditation verifies the truths of Christian faith from one’s own experience. His reflections on the Sacraments show how this
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The Heart of Creation

#6208
The Heart of Creation is the fifth of eight sets of John Main’s collected talks. The talks were given to meditation groups meeting each week at the Priory in Montreal. John Main is a teacher in the apophatic tradition of imageless, non-conceptual prayer.
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The Hunger for Depth and Meaning (Book)

#6324
Sixty-nine talks arranged thematically to offer a clear, comprehensive overview of John Main’s teaching on Christian prayer. The talks retain the authority, simplicity and humour with which Fr John taught.
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The Hunger for Depth and Meaning (CDs)

#8144
Sixty-nine talks arranged thematically to offer a clear, comprehensive overview of John Main’s teaching on Christian prayer. The talks retain the authority, simplicity and humour with which Fr John taught.
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The Way of Unknowing

#6207
The Way of Unknowing is the fourth of eight sets of John Main’s collected talks. Listening attentively to his voice prepares you for the silence and stillness of meditation. These talks were designed to introduce meditation to people for the first time, a
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Word into Silence

#6204
Word into Silence is the first of eight sets of John Main’s collected talks. This set of talks was given in the 1970s in England as an introduction to meditation and a means of encouragement for those who had begun to meditate.
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Word Made Flesh

#6210
Word Made Flesh is the sixth of eight sets of John Main’s collected talks. For John Main, meditation was a supremely incarnate way of prayer, leading the person as a whole into wholeness, into a harmony of body, mind and spirit.
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