Anthony Demello – How To Be Real

If you’re on a on a spiritual path then at some point you’re going to bump into the writings, or teaching of Anthony Demello and when you do make sure you pay attention because this gracious, wonderful and wise man has a very simple message that will help you enlarge your experience of living in more ways then I can possibly describe to you here.

Here’s a some of what Wikipedia has to say about Anthony Demello

Anthony de Mello (4 September 1931, Bombay, British India – 2 June 1987, New York, United States) 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.

The few talks which he allowed to be filmed, such as “A Rediscovery of Life” and “A Way to God for Today,” 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 in 1987. His works are readily available and additional writings were published after his death.

Not Without Controversey

A review of de Mello’s work by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith prompted the group to release a lengthy comment expressing their theological concerns. While the group showed appreciation for many of de Mello’s writings, some positions were found to be ‘incompatible with the Catholic faith’.[1] In an opinion dated June 24, 1998 Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who later became Pope Benedict XVI, wrote for the Congregation:

“But already in certain passages in [his] early works and to a greater degree in his later publications, one notices a progressive distancing from the essential contents of the Christian faith. … With the present Notification, in order to protect the good of the Christian faithful, this Congregation declares that the above-mentioned positions are incompatible with the Catholic faith and can cause grave harm.” [2]

His quite controversial paradigm for Catholic dogma is mainly because many of his ideas were influenced by Thai Buddhist teacher and founder of monasteries Ajahn Chah – who, some[who?] say, was a kind of teacher to him. Despite the church’s condemnation, his works are popular, especially among those interested in Ignatian spirituality.[citation needed]

Some editions of de Mello’s books have since been supplemented with the insertion of a caution:


“The books of Father Anthony de Mello were written in a multi-religious context to help the followers of other religions, agnostics and atheists in their spiritual search, and they were not intended by the author as manuals of instruction of the Catholic faithful in Christian doctrine or dogma.”

The starting point for discovering more about Anthony Demello is his book called “Awareness” which is linked to Amazon via the book cover image above.