Deacon James Keating

About Deacon James Keating

Deacon James Keating, Ph.D., is the Director of Theological Formation at the Institute for Priestly Formation at Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. He has published widely in spiritual and doctrinal theology.

Vulnerability as a Place of Divine Encounter

God acts only for the good. God acts only to share himself as Love, namely, Jesus Christ. The human person is invited to respond to this revelation of love with his own vulnerability; he is invited to allow God to act in his being. In … [Read more...]

Giving Our Grief over to the “Man Acquainted with Grief”

With the coming of Christ into the depths of all things human, we now know that even our grief can be given over to the good God ... All losses can become places of life, places of intimacy with Christ, if we show him these wounds caused by … [Read more...]

Imagination, Prayer, and the Spousal Gift

In and through Christ’s Spirit, St. Joseph stands ready to assist any priest in going to Mary, thus concretizing the priest’s own spousal identity.   In this essay, I will explore the identity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in her powerful … [Read more...]

The Heart of Hope

Since Christians are called to be Christ in the world ... we have to allow Christ’s Spirit to embrace suffering in love within us, for without his Spirit abiding within us, we would never have the strength to suffer out of love.   Many of … [Read more...]

Growing in Love of the Lay Life: Evangelizing Martyrs

The Catholic laity are asked to give witness to Christ by way of obedience to objective truth. It takes a mind formed by love itself, Christ, to have the courage to preach the Gospel of Life. The nature of priesthood invites a man to … [Read more...]

Pastoral Authority and Spiritual Warfare

“Draw your strength from the Lord and from his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the … [Read more...]