Resting on the Heart of Christ: The Vocation and Spirituality of the Seminary Theologian

Author:  Deacon James Keating PhD
Publisher:  The Institute For Priestly Formation
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Graduate study is difficult, but for the seminarian, it ought not to be void of spiritual growth. Such growth has long been hallowed in the processes of study but spiritual growth can also be developed and encouraged in the actual practices of attending to theological content. As Pope Benedict once noted, "The faithful expect only one thing from priests: that they be specialists in promoting the encounter between man and God... [The priest] is expected to be an expert in the spiritual life."

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Graduate study is difficult, but for the seminarian, it ought not to be void of spiritual growth. Such growth has long been hallowed in the processes of study but spiritual growth can also be developed and encouraged in the actual practices of attending to theological content. As Pope Benedict once noted, "The faithful expect only one thing from priests: that they be specialists in promoting the encounter between man and God... [The priest] is expected to be an expert in the spiritual life."

Seminarians want to encounter God in study so as to draw their future parishioners into His Truth which is love. The question for seminary theologians is this: How can we serve this longing while also calling seminarians into the ascetics of study?

Resting on the Heart of Christ answers this question by integrating the best of theological research with the rich, intellectual tradition of the Church and the wisdom of the saints, ensuring conversion of both mind and heart.

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Publisher The Institute For Priestly Formation
Author Deacon James Keating PhD
Product Type Paperback
Width (inches) 5.5
Height (inches) 8.5
ISBN/UPC 9780980045567
Number of Pages 212

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"This book is a must for seminary teachers of theology, though I believe all teachers of Catholic theology would benefit from it. The book, and the vision behind it, refuses to dissociate theology from prayer. Keating's vision stretches our intellects in the direction of adoration. If you love theology, you will want to read and meditate on this gem of a book."

Deacon Owen F. Cummings
Regents' Professor of Theology, Mount Angel Seminary

“Keating articulates a vision of theological formation that is at once rigorously thorough-going and prayerfully contemplative. In fact, a main theological contribution of his book is exemplifying how this is too often perceived tension need not truly be such, since theology that is prayerful is more - not less - reasonable.”

William C. Mattison III, Ph.D.
The Catholic University of America

“James Keating illustrates in a profound way how seminaries should teach theology. This book will become a seminal work for those teaching in Catholic seminaries.”

Father Mark A. Latcovich, Ph.D.
President, MATS, Chair, Seminary Department of NCEA

"James Keating's book provides a way forward in the skill and art of teaching seminary theology and leaving behind dry and dusty methods. Here he recovers an approach that unites theology to prayer, academia to spirituality, and contemplation with mission. I recommend this book to seminary professors as a guide to forming their own hearts, and those of their students, in the mind and heart of Christ."

George Cardinal Pell
Archbishop of Sydney

“Very seldom does one think of the role of a seminary theologian as its own calling. Dr. James Keating, in a profound and moving theological reflection, scopes out the contours of just such a vocation. In doing so, he explains how the theological enterprise fosters holiness and where theological discipline and discovery turn into prayer. This is a very important work, a voice crying in the wilderness, but it is now being heard.”

The Most Reverend David Ricken
Bishop of Green Bay, WI

“This book reminds those of us in seminary work that our objective in teaching theology must be to inform the spiritual and pastoral lives of the seminarian. For the seminarian, theology is personal, and not simply an academic discipline. Dr. Keating shares a beautiful, relevant, and realistic vision for seminary faculty, one that will be appreciated by faculty and seminarian alike. I highly recommend this book.”

Carmina Magnusen Chapp, Ph.D.
Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary, Overbrook, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Resting on the Heart of Christ provides a welcome antidote to the mentality that theology is some kind of pure science disconnected from spirituality and unrelated to grace. Keating argues that theologians should integrate theological study, teaching, and our personal call to worship and in so doing allow the heart of Christ to enter our mission.”

Tracey Rowland, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Melbourne

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Deacon James Keating, PhD, is Director of Theological Formation for the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Before joining IPF, he taught moral and spiritual theology for 13 years at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Keating has led more than 400 workshops on moral theology and spirituality nationwide. He regularly conducts retreats and parish missions. Some of his more than 70 essays on Christian Ethics and Spirituality have appeared in publications throughout the country.

Dr. Keating has authored or edited 11 books and numerous articles in the field of moral and spiritual theology, and served as editor of the Josephinum Journal of Theology (1993-2006). He also has a weekly radio program addressing topics in Catholic spirituality and morality heard on KVSS, Omaha.

Married to Marianne, they have three sons, Kristoffer, Jonathan and Liam, and a daughter, Ina. He was ordained a deacon in 2001 for the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio.