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The Good News About Human Psychology According to Anthony de Mello, S.J.

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When you least expect it, says Tony de Mello, God comes.

Conversely, when you expect it, God does not come, he says.

Benedictine method of prayer (popularized by St. Benedict):

Lectio = oral reading of Scripture using a familiar text that moves you to devotion and unction.

Meditatio = repeat and relish particular words based on your spontaneous choice, brief and pure.

Oration = outpouring of the heart in words, or silent response.


Do without acting = desireless activity.

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Effect without enforcing.

Taste without consuming.

The aim of the retreat is depth.

   Silence is related to depth.

The intensity of desire determines whether or not you find God.

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   But this is not self-generated desire.

   This desire is a gift.

Words are used to protect, not to communicate, says Tony de Mello.

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)

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