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Christine Valters Paintner

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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 and resources in contemplative practice and creative expression. She is the author of Water, Wind, Earth and Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements (Ave Maria Press), The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom (forthcoming 2011, Ave Maria Press), Lectio Divina: Transforming Words and Images into Heart-Centered Prayer (forthcoming 2011, Skylight Paths), and co-author of Awakening the Creative Spirit: Bringing the Expressive Arts to Spiritual Direction (Morehouse) and Lectio Divina: Contemplative Awakening and Awareness (Paulist Press).

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Seasons of the Soul

Easter: Practicing Resurrection of the Body

What does it mean for us to not just say we believe in a resurrected life, but to truly practice resurrection? Here are some practices for returning "home" to your body. Read More »

Embracing Mystery in the New Year: Ten Essential Practices

Imagine if your New Year's wasn't about fixing or improving, but about deepening and transforming, about embracing the holy mystery at the heart of the world. Read More »

Radical Hospitality and Holy Disruption

What if everything that turns our preconceived ideas inside out is precisely where we find God? Read More »

Silence as the Union of Opposites

In the silence, I remember that my life is not wholly good or bad here. The discomfort and the exhilaration are both essential to my experience. Read More »

Ancestral Pilgrimage: Journeying to Places of Family Significance

Consider making a pilgrimage to walk in the footsteps of your own ancestors. Spend time in the places that shaped their imaginations and their dreams. Read More »

Giving Up a Too-Small God

How to let go of the God of whom you are certain and open yourself to the One who is beyond your imagining. Read More »

Recent Articles

Easter: Practicing Resurrection of the Body

What does it mean for us to not just say we believe in a resurrected life, but to truly practice resurrection? Here are some practices for returning "home" to your body. Read More »

Embracing Mystery in the New Year: Ten Essential Practices

Imagine if your New Year's wasn't about fixing or improving, but about deepening and transforming, about embracing the holy mystery at the heart of the world. Read More »

Radical Hospitality and Holy Disruption

What if everything that turns our preconceived ideas inside out is precisely where we find God? Read More »

Silence as the Union of Opposites

In the silence, I remember that my life is not wholly good or bad here. The discomfort and the exhilaration are both essential to my experience. Read More »

Ancestral Pilgrimage: Journeying to Places of Family Significance

Consider making a pilgrimage to walk in the footsteps of your own ancestors. Spend time in the places that shaped their imaginations and their dreams. Read More »

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