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Practising Dying : A Contemplative Spirituality
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Practising Dying : A Contemplative Spirituality


Talks at retreat in Toronto, Canada – 1999

“Anyone who wants to be a follower of mine must leave self behind, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” 

Jesus taught this in the Gospel and by his life. Authentic spirituality in our materialistic world, Fr Laurence says, must involve the practice of dying to our egotism. To do that we need a spiritual practice that we can integrate into our life and that enables our life itself to become a commitment to this ideal. 

Christian Meditation, he says, is a simple practice that takes us beyond our ego. We leave ‘our prayer’ behind and we go into the prayer of Christ which energises, and transforms us. As our focus shifts from self-fixation to other-centredness, we learn love as the meaning of life.




  1. The Practice of Dying – 4:19
  2. Always Breathe Christ – 10:22
  3. The Art of the Mantra – 7:53
  4. The Contemplative Life – 12:51
  5. True Spirituality – 15:00
  6. Three Living Saints – 6:10
  7. Other-centred Spirituality – 6:18
  8. St Anthony of the Desert – 6:01




  1. Mary as a Model of Prayer – 16:45
  2. Contemplative Consciousness – 5:58


Type of Media: CD
Speaker/Author Laurence Freeman OSB