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Christine Valters Paintner

Contributor

Art and Spirituality, Benedictine Tradition, Spiritual Practices

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Christine Valters Paintner, Ph.D., is a Benedictine Oblate and the online Abbess of Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery without walls offering online classes in contemplative practice and creative expression and pilgrimages to Ireland, Germany, and Austria. She is the author of eight books on monasticism and creativity including The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom (Ave Maria Press) and her forthcoming book The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Inner Journey (Spring 2015, Ave Maria Press). Christine lives as a monk in the world in Galway, Ireland with her husband of twenty years.

Seasons of the Soul

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: The Holy Call of Doubt

Sometimes resurrection feels very far away and we cry out for some sort of proof that life is fundamentally good and that beauty sustains all things. This is why I love the story of Thomas. Read More »

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: A Creative Journey through Eastertide

The call of Easter is this simple invitation: to step forth across the threshold, to release all you thought you know, to hold your palms open, to say yes to what comes. Read More »

Letting Go During Lent: Seeing Death as our Friend

This season I am being invited to fast from things like "ego-grasping" and noticing when I so desperately want to be in control, and then yielding myself to a greater wisdom than my own. Read More »

Follow the Star: Spiritual Practices for the New Year

As you cross this threshold into the New Year, what star beckons you in the night? How might you own your journey more deeply in the coming year? Read More »

Welcoming Your Multitude: The Monastic Way and Inner Hospitality

We are each a multitude of differing energies and personalities. A lot of our inner conflict comes from our stubborn refusal to make space for the multiplicity we contain. Read More »

The Soul's Migration: Where Will You Fly?

As autumn tilts us toward the season of growing darkness, consider this an invitation to yield to the mystery of your own heart's desires. Read More »

Recent Articles

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: Seeing the World Anew

We walk by a thousand ordinary revelations every day in our busyness and preoccupation. What would it be like to move through our day, watching for what shimmers and then savoring them? Read More »

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: The Holy Call of Doubt

Sometimes resurrection feels very far away and we cry out for some sort of proof that life is fundamentally good and that beauty sustains all things. This is why I love the story of Thomas. Read More »

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: A Creative Journey through Eastertide

The call of Easter is this simple invitation: to step forth across the threshold, to release all you thought you know, to hold your palms open, to say yes to what comes. Read More »

Letting Go During Lent: Seeing Death as our Friend

This season I am being invited to fast from things like "ego-grasping" and noticing when I so desperately want to be in control, and then yielding myself to a greater wisdom than my own. Read More »

Follow the Star: Spiritual Practices for the New Year

As you cross this threshold into the New Year, what star beckons you in the night? How might you own your journey more deeply in the coming year? Read More »

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