Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO

In memory of Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO
b. March 7, 1923 — d. October 25, 2018
Spiritual Mentor and Friend

I share the unfortunate news that Fr. Thomas Keating, my spiritual teacher, has made his transition from this plane of existence. I celebrate his life and his work. I feel honoured to have been a part of both, and truly grateful for the profound contribution he made to my own spiritual journey. (Go in oneness with my love, Fr. Keating.)

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Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO
b. March 7, 1923 — d. October 25, 2018

Fr. Keating is a true spiritual giant of the last century, one of the numerous modern mystics who graced the world in the 20th century along with the likes of Joel S. Goldsmith, Eknath Easwaran, Ramana Maharshi, Thomas Merton, Bede Griffiths, John Main, Idries Shah, John Daido Loori, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, William Johnston, D.T. Suzuki (Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki), etc.

He holds a special place in my heart mainly for introducing me to the contemplative mystical tradition of the Christian Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, thereby validating my Catholic roots and early background. His teachings bridged the gap between mystical Christianity and doctrinal Christianity. He is the only spiritual mentor I had whom I have met and trained with in person.

On a more personal note, to me he was an authority figure from the Catholic clergy who privately freed me from the dogmatism of the Roman Catholic Church, and he gave my soul the unrestrained freedom to soar to mystical heights. For that last important gift, I am truly and forever grateful to him.

In the video below, Fr. Keating shares his last thoughts as he approached the completion of his lifetime. Rest in peace, beloved teacher, rest in peace.

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