Sunday, 23 February 2014
Fr Anthony de Mello SJ
I think it's about time I included a post about Fr Anthony de Mello SJ. Below is the first paragraph of his wiki entry and a website dedicated to his work can be found here. There are videos on youtube that de Mello allowed to be recorded, "Wake Up !" The first installment is included below.
Anthony "Tony" de Mello (4 September 1931, Bombay, British India – 2 June 1987, New York City) was a Jesuit priest and psychotherapist who became widely known for his books on spirituality. An internationally acclaimed spiritual guide, writer and public speaker, de Mello hosted many spiritual conferences. See below for the names of these programs which are available on audio CD and film. He traveled to many countries to study and later to teach, most notably Spain and the United States.
He allowed one full Conference to be recorded which is available on audio CD -- "Wake Up to Life"—a considerably powerful program which speaks about the "I" which can observe that which is 'me' -- along with topics of Love, Happiness, Illusion, Freedom. He draws extensively from his experience as a psychotherapist and gives many stories throughout. He allowed a few, shorter talks to be filmed, such as "A Rediscovery of Life" and "A Way to God for Today," which have inspired many viewers and audiences since being released; and have been viewed by hundreds of thousands of TV watchers throughout the United States, Canada, and Central America; in colleges, universities, Newman centers, and communities. De Mello established a prayer center in India. He died suddenly of a heart attack in 1987, at age 55. His works are readily available and additional writings were published after his death.