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Fr Richard Rohr OFM, Center for Action and Contemplation, New Mexico:

"Patrick's insights are truly excellent and profound!

In his work in scripture, Patrick rightly highlights the maturity of the seeker as paramount,

and opens up the Bible as the spiritual adventure that it was meant to be ..."

 

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The Beauty of Healthy Religion:  putting words around the maturing moments of our journeys (2017)

available as an mp3 or as a 2 CD set

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Part of sharing the faith journey involves encouraging others to express their intuitions and hunches about being invited into a deeper maturity of faith. Often though, we can stumble a little in how to articulate these hunches, for the weight of traditional Church phrasings and formulations can often seem to squash our confidence to express our new vistas of the journey of faith.

This 2 CD presentation will look at the world of difference between "unhealthy religion" and "healthy religion". The healing factor is "deep simplicity", which is the field where all genuine seekers of faith eventually come when they want to be faithful to the Spirit's call.

 The content of this talk was presented at an evening with the Australian Network for Spiritual Direction, at Stafford 30th August 2017.

 For detailed notes on this talk, please contact Patrick on patrickoliver01@gmail.com

 

Total time: 1 hour 35 minutes (CD1 - 47 minutes, CD2 - 48 minutes)

mp3:$10

CD set: $15 for the set, plus $6 postage and packaging throughout Australia

 

 

   Life after Death: a spiritual director’s reflections    (2016)

  available as an mp3 or as a 4-CD set

 

 

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Patrick says:

“I have been fascinated with the topic of life after death since I was a little boy. It seemed natural to me that this life was meant to go somewhere, and that just beyond our conscious awareness there hovered an existence both beautiful and intriguing – something that whispered like the wind and was as real as the grass on which I lay as a lad.

These four CDs are an expression of many of the reflections that have come to me in my thirty-three years of ministry of companioning people in their faith journeys.  As the years go by, the list of those who have predeceased me grows progressively lengthier, yet the childhood sense of heaven’s reality has never left me. Carl Jung commented that the most essential question for people to ask is ‘are we related to the Infinite or not?’ This set of talks is my contribution to responding to the question in the deeply affirmative.”

 

The fourth CD contains thirty minutes of narratives sent into Patrick by people from South-East Queensland, who have had experiences of deep simplicity, and glimpses of eternity and the afterlife.

 

CD1 - Deep Simplicity and Eternal Life 64 minutes   CD2 Some Thoughts about Heaven  53 minutes  CD3    Hell and other considerations  67 minutes  CD4 Preparing for Death and Windows into Eternity  65 minutes

Total time: 4 hours 9 minutes

mp3: $10 for the four talks

CD set: $25 per set plus $6 postage and packaging throughout Australia

 

 

 Contemplation and the Creed   (2015)

  available as an mp3 or as a 3-CD set

 

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The Apostles' Creed dates back to the early years of the Church, and is the common wealth of denominations across the spectrum. We have heard its words so many times, yet because of repetition we can become a little un-attuned to what we're saying.

What gifts might a revisiting of the Apostles' Creed have for a prayerful life? How might a contemplative revisit help us to move beyond a mere creedal approach, and take us into much more rich appreciation from the point of view of the soul? How might we move from a moral perspective into a mystical perspective of the Creed - and indeed, of life's unfoldings? How might it take us beyond the limits of our denominational borders, and into a deeper and more sublime space of grace?

This three-CD set of talks was recorded at St Mark's Anglican Church at Buderim on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, in May 2015.

 CD1 - Living contemplatively 42 minutes     CD2 - A contemplative approach to the Creed 38 minutes     CD3 - A contemplative approach to the Creed (cont'd) 57 minutes

Total time: 2 hours 17 minutes

mp3: $10 for the three talks

CD set: $20 per set plus $6 postage and packaging throughout Australia.

 

 

From Answers to Intimacy: the gift of sacred wounding   (2013)

available as an mp3 or as a 3-CD set

 

 

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During August 2012, Patrick presented a series of four evenings to The Gap Uniting Church, Brisbane, on the topic “Christianity as the Way of the Wound: reflections on the experience of suffering”. 

In this three-CD series, Patrick looked at insights from the book of Job and other scriptural stories, to show how we’re invited to move from a stance of trying to rationally understand suffering, into a space where we can let suffering be transformative by standing under it. He describes how wrestling honestly with suffering can move us into a third way of seeing, so divine creativity can flow through us, our churches and our communities.

The third CD contains a short talk that asks how the gift of “standing under” suffering can help us to re-see the gift of the Cross. We have projected much of our own self-loathing and hankering for revenge onto God – yet when we allow the Gaze to suffuse our souls, we can see a depth of beauty and richness in the Cross that is transformative and transfigurative for the world.

CD1 - Outgrowing the clichés 74 minutes     CD2 - The giftedness of those who've suffered 70 minutes     CD3 - Clichés and the cross 34 minu

Total time: 2 hours 58 minutes

mp3: $10 for the three talks

CD set: $2o per set plus $6 postage and handling throughout Australia

 

 Praying your Dreams (2012)

 available as an mp3 or as a 2-CD set

 

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Patrick says of this presentation:

"It has been a privilege for me to have listened to many thousands of dreams through the years, and I am always amazed at the creativity and ingenuity that they bring forth. We seem often to be far more creative when we are asleep then when awake!

A dream can be like a lighthouse, beaconing and beckoning us through those times when perhaps everything else has seemed to turn to night. Rather than dreams leading us way from the presence of God, I have found that dreams can mirror the great Gospel themes of reconciliation, grace, healing and love.

They lead us into death and out again. Like the biblical theme of the least being the vital element, the disregarded and ignored dream is, as the Jewish rabbis liked to put it, 'like a letter that is unopened from God'."

This talk was presented at a Brisbane Pastoral Carers' gathering in October 2010.

Total time: 1 hour 48 minutes

mp3: $10 for the two talks

CD set: $15 per set plus $6 postage and packaging throughout Australia

Three Gates: reflections on the eve of Pentecost   (2012)

 

available only as an mp3

 

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On a cold May morning in 2012, Patrick Oliver gave a series of short talks to parishioners of local Anglican communities in Musswellbrook, New South Wales. These three talks were given on the day before Pentecost Sunday, and they reflect upon elements of our relationship with God by using the image of the “three gates” from St Clare of Assisi. Through these reflections, Patrick led those present to prepare for the forever-coming of Pentecost in our lives and in our communities.

 CD1 – “Meeting God in our shortfalls” and “We’re a mixed bag” 71 minutes

CD2 – “We’re a mixed bag” (cont’d) and “Nothing’s wasted by God” 66 minutes

 mp3: $10 for the two talks

The Freeing of God: Revisiting the Gospels as our years go by  (2012, 2015)

four volumes  

                                                                                     

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Sadly, countless people through the years have been bruised and bludgeoned through the misuse and abuse of the scriptures. The liberating message of the Gospel so often has been twisted into a voice of condemnation, a confirmation of self-hate, and a reinforcer of people’s fear of themselves as a failure – and it’s this abuse that “The Freeing of God” sets out to offset.

 

Hopefully somewhere along the line we gradually learn that love can’t be earned, that peace of soul can’t be bought and that forgiving life for being imperfect is the only way through. In this “second half of life”, we can let mistakes and wounds be the way into deeper loving, we can let ourselves and others be mixtures of light and shadow, and we can surrender the need to be something other than who we are. Such shifts in perspective also change the way we let the gospels tell us of who God is …

 

“The Freeing of God” systematically follows through every chapter and verse of the four Gospels, and recounts them in a way that breathes a contemporary and soulful perspective through Jesus’ stories and teachings.

 

The Gospel of Matthew 143 pages     The Gospel of Mark 97 pages     The Gospel of Luke 145 pages     The Gospel of John 140 pages       

$15 per Gospel, or $50 for the set of four Gospels. Plus $14 for postage and handling throughout Australia for either a single volume or for the set of four volumes.

 

ALSO AVAILABLE:

"The Freeing of God" on PDF

This CD contains four PDF documents that are a re-telling of the four New Testament gospels. It is not an audio CD, but is designed to be read or downloaded onto your PC or reader. These four PDFs also can be sent to you by email.

$10 for the CD or as an email attachment. An extra $6 for the CD for postage and packaging.

  All in the Flow: the enneagram's gift to prayerfulness (2013, 2016)

 

 

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The enneagram can help prepare the soil for openness to the gospel – which at its core is about self-surrender, letting grace teach us about reconciliation, and allowing the crucified Christ to convert our woundedness so we can be mirrors of the healing Christ for the sake of the world’s transformation.

“All in the Flow” employs three images which are frequently used throughout the writings of Christian mystics:

·        The image of God as an infinite ocean, used particularly by Catherine of Siena;

·        The image of the mirror, used particularly by Teresa of Avila, and

·        The image of gazing upon the cross, used particularly by Clare of Assisi.

“All in the Flow” is a series of four booklets. It starts with the contemplation of how we’ve always been held within the compassionate Love of the Trinity. It doesn’t use the enneagram as a psychological tool but as a tool of spiritual awareness, and so its continuous accent is upon our response to God’s initiative. "All in the Flow" employs a fresh understanding of the traditional arrows - a perspective that Patrick has gained through his work in spiritual direction. This approach to the enneagram helps the appreciation of the mega-story of the Scriptures in which we are invited to consciously participate, for the sake of becoming mirrors of God for the world’s transformation.

Booklet I: "Created to be Mirrors of God" 77 pages)     Booklet II: "Living the Modes of God's Love" (52 pages)     Booklet III: "The Planes of Love" (67 pages)     Booklet IV: "The Call of the Cross" (82 pages)

$20 for the first booklet bought, and $15 for subsequent booklets. This would make a total of $65 for the four booklets.  An additional $14 for postage and packaging throughout Australia.

 

ALSO AVAILABLE:

"All in the Flow" on PDF

This series of booklets can be sent to you by email in the form of four PDF documents. This enables you to print from the booklets what you choose.

$20 for the electronic sending of the four booklets.

 

A God to Fall Into: seven echoes of the great adventure of living in the heart of God (2005)

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This spirituality kit was self-published in 2005. It gives a way into the key elements of the Christian tradition by distilling seven major themes or “echoes” that run through the scriptures. These echoes are each divided into ten sub-themes that break open their richness in the scriptures and in the essence of Christian spirituality.

The kit comes with a total of one hundred and five meditation cards. The ways of using this kit for prayer are endless: you might use them very specifically to pray through each day or each week. You may just wish to dive into the book when you're searching your soul for a way to meet a particular situation, and you're not sure how to approach it in a prayerful manner.

Themes:    A. Living life-death-life    B. It’s about grace, not collecting badges    C. It’s never what you expect    D. Engagement and detachment    E. The discovery and expansion of soulspace          F. Prayer and non-violence    G. There is only One.

186 pages plus cards

$20 per set, plus $14 postage and packaging throughout Australia.

 

  Drinking Deeply: learning to listen to the song of your soul  (1999)

 

 

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 This book takes mythological motifs from around the world to illustrate how the spiritual journey is an integral part of being human. Drinking Deeply uses many dreams as jumping-off points for showing the beauty, subtleties and challenges of the Journey.

Themes: A: Story and the great adventure   B. The path of the great adventure   C: Some motifs of the great adventure

149 pages

Available as e-book only for $5.00 (paper copies out of print).

 

Getting Out of the Way: the essence of spirituality put simply (2001)

 

 

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 This book undercuts our tendency to hide behind religious language, by re-looking at key elements of Christianity as invitations for authentic transformation.

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Written in the aftermath of September 11, it highlights the connection between blindness and violence, fear and hatred. It goes to the core of transformation and the Christian journey, and gives a way of conversing that allows us to avoid the minefields and misunderstandings of religious language.

 Themes: A: Getting out of the way: openness to the adventure    B: “Know thyself!”: the importance of self-knowledge    C: Jesus: the human face of God    D: Living as Jesus: the pattern of being fully human

157 pages

$10 per copy, plus $7 postage and packaging throughout Australia.

 

 

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·         Excerpts from an interview with Jan Herring in January 2006.

So what made you write on “A God to Fall Into: Seven Echoes …”

I wanted to find a way whereby people could get a sense of what is in the spirit of the “Great Tradition” of Christian teaching and what is not. When we are faced with the myriad of opinions, comments, books and biases of people’s reflections on the Christian Scriptures, it can be quite confusing and overwhelming. I wanted to provide a kind of ready-reckoner, a little discernment tool to help us see what lines up with the Tradition and what doesn’t. It isn’t the last word, only hopefully a little help along the way. On the personal level, I get tired of people pulling out this half-verse and that half-verse and stringing them together to get whatever meaning they want to fit their bias; it’s such an abuse of the Scriptural tradition. I also wanted to show the reader the perennial relevance and timelessness of scripture as well. You can get such a perspective not by simply cutting and pasting verses here and there, but by seeing and recognising the overall great patterns, which I call “echoes”. I suppose it took about two years to read through the Lectionary and observe what themes kept coming up. As I was reading, my hunch was that those themes that kept arising would be “meeting points” which would provide common ground with other religions and denominations, because God’s Spirit isn’t contained by geographical or cultural boundaries. The biblical story is the human story of divine encounter.

 

How do your Seven Echoes come into this retreat?

The invitations of the Holy Spirit go on in our lives whether or not we name them in religious terminology. Transformation and conversion happen in the ordinary stuff of life, and if it doesn’t happen there it’s not happening.

It doesn’t matter to God whether you’ve got the right terminology. The Seven Echoes hopefully cover much of the “stuff” of life – the joys and sorrows, the personal interactions, the warp and woof that makes up the everyday. They are designed to help us read Scripture with a deeper insight, so connections with daily life can be made more readily. These seven echoes are the “life-death-life pattern”, “it’s about grace and not collecting badges”, “God’s never what you expect”, “engagement and detachment”, “the discovery and expansion of soulspace”, “the two-sided coin of prayer and non-violence”, and “there is only One”. When we’re aware of the great themes of the scriptures, we don’t so easily get thrown off and miss the wood for the trees.

 

 

 

Eternal life isn’t simply something to happen down the track, but it’s also taking place “in the now”. Right now you’re living within God, and life after death is the fullness of how you’re choosing to live now. If your desire is to live within the One Love of God, then that is where you find your home. Eternal life is the life that happens within God – and that is the only real life there is.



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