Why I Like Anthony De Mello

I found Anthony De Mello probably 15 or 16 years ago when I read his book Awareness, and it really grabbed my attention.  I don’t usually advertise too many books, but Anthony De Mello (who has since passed away) was a special man.  When I read this book, I looked up who he was, and I found out that he was the real deal.  He was a Catholic Jesuit from India, and he was obviously surrendered to Jesus Christ, but he was spending months in solitude on retreats being by himself in prayer.  He was not just a knowledgeable person, he was a realized person, and he was practicing the discipline of opening as love.  I learned a lot from him.  I wish there were more people like him in the world – Jesuits that are not dogmatic or religious, but are open to love.  It is necessary that you spend time alone, go into a jungle, go into deep meditation and deep communion with God, to have those realizations.  If you have a chance, if you haven’t read it yet, buy the book Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality by Anthony De Mello.  It will give you insights.  It will give you understanding.  And it was written by an incredible man.

–Alfonso De Rose