Institute for Priestly Formation
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Listening for Truth leads men and women in the search for a fuller experience of God that begins in prayer, grows in the rediscovery of our spiritual being, and grounds itself in the truth of Jesus Christ. Our dialogue with God must cultivate a mind that is eager to learn moral truth and a heart that deserves to live a life of virtue based on prayer. The transforming nature of prayer becomes apparent in our desire to draw near to God. That desire is actualized in proportion to the moral goodness we build in our lives -and God draws us to that goodness in response to our desire. The prayerful search for God leads to a moral life based on truth, and personal fulfillment that grows from the denial of self and a turning towards God and others.
Deacon James Keating, Ph.D., is Director of Theological Formation at Creighton University's Institute for Priestly Formation in Omaha, NE. He was appointed by the Papal Nuncio to be Associate Professor of Moral and Spiritual Theology in the School of Theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum, Columbus, OH. Deacon Keating received his Ph.D. in Roman Catholic Theology form Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, his M.A. in Religious Studies from Fordham University in New York City and his B.A. in Religious Studies from Siena College. Deacon Keating has done workshops nationally on moral theology and parish life. His essays have appeared in numerous theological journals. His most recent publications include Crossing the Desert: Moral Conversion and Lent (Liguori Press,
2001); Pure Heart, Clear Conscience: Catholic Moral Life (Re-issued by Liguori Press, 2003); Listening for Truth: A Life of Prayers and
Virtue (Liguori Press, 2002) and, with Co-author Dennis Billy, C.Ss.R., Conscience and Prayer: The Spirit of Catholic Moral Theology (Liturgical Press/Michael Glazier, 2001) and The Way of Mystery: Eucharist and Moral Living (Paulist Press, 2006).