Monday, September 27, 2010

Fr. Thomas Dubay, SM May He Rest in Peace

I'm deeply saddened to learn about the death of Fr. Thomas Dubay, SM.  I have been a fan of his books and TV series for a long time.  There was no better teacher on contemplative prayer.  While so many modern "teachers" were teaching what they they called contemplative prayer, but what was really mixed with "New Age" and "Eastern" techniques like "Centering Prayer", he was teaching deep, deep prayer truly faithful to St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, the masters of Christian contemplation.  You don't "empty your mind" with mantras and all that nonsense, you allow God to fill you with Himself.  You don't have control, God does.  You don't put yourself into an altered state of consciousness, you allow God to lead you to places unknown.  Which only comes after a long, faithful prayer life.  And a life of truly living His will.

I know Fr. Dubay is looking down at us and praying for us that we take the time to learn to truly pray. Here are some resources I would suggest:

Prayer Primer : Igniting a Fire Within
Great for beginners but helpful to everyone.


Fire Within: St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, and the Gospel-On Prayer
A deep book but one that will truly teach you about St. Teresa of Avila & St. John of the Cross and the stages of prayer that you should aspire to.  It is a kind of road map to show you were you are and what to expect on your prayer journey to God.  You can't progress well if you don't know where you are going and how to get there.  You can use this as a companion book when reading the actual works of these great saints.  This is a masterpiece for the spiritual life.

Seeking Spiritual Direction: How to Grow the Divine Life Within
This fantastic book shows you what to look for in a spiritual director and what to expect in spiritual direction.  Since it is so hard to find a good director, this book is excellent in guiding you in the spiritual life.  Written in a dialog format it is not hard to understand and really challenges you do better in your walk with Christ.  


Here is a list of other books available that he has written. 

If you go to EWTN's Audio Library  and type in "Thomas Dubay" in the series search box, you'll find 6 different TV series he did for the network.  Choose one that interests you.  I would suggest the series on Contemplation.  Then either listen on your computer, or if you have an iPod, or other mp3 player, save them on your computer and transfer them to your player.  These shows go really in depth and if you want to learn what Contemplation is all about this will give you the nitty-gritty.

Take this holy man's death as an invitation to read or listen to his works and learn how to advance in your walk with God.  Now that he is with Him, I'm sure that if we say a quick prayer to ask Fr. Dubay to pray for us we will advance even further.  Thank you Fr. Dubay for all your work.

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