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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 Gift of Holy Surprise

If, when Pentecost arrives, you do not find yourself perplexed or amazed, consider releasing the tight grip of your certain thoughts and make space for holy surprise. Read More »

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: The Journey Home

If entered into mindfully and with a whole heart, each encounter on the road has the potential to transform. The pilgrim returns home not with all the answers, but with better questions. Read More »

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: Love as a Holy Direction

In times when feeling disconnection and isolation is easier than ever, love calls us to step into the flesh and blood relationships, to engage, to risk, to be vulnerable. Read More »

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: Finding Fruitfulness in the Resurrection of the Body

Resurrection calls us to experience the full weight and lightness of our physical being, to claim the beauty of our embodied selves, and to let gratitude for these vessels of aliveness overflow. Read More »

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: Wandering for the Love of God

What would it mean to wander and allow yourself to feel the vulnerability of being a bit lost or disoriented? What new awareness might break in from this softened place? Read More »

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 »

Recent Articles

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: The Gift of Holy Surprise

If, when Pentecost arrives, you do not find yourself perplexed or amazed, consider releasing the tight grip of your certain thoughts and make space for holy surprise. Read More »

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: The Journey Home

If entered into mindfully and with a whole heart, each encounter on the road has the potential to transform. The pilgrim returns home not with all the answers, but with better questions. Read More »

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: Love as a Holy Direction

In times when feeling disconnection and isolation is easier than ever, love calls us to step into the flesh and blood relationships, to engage, to risk, to be vulnerable. Read More »

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: Finding Fruitfulness in the Resurrection of the Body

Resurrection calls us to experience the full weight and lightness of our physical being, to claim the beauty of our embodied selves, and to let gratitude for these vessels of aliveness overflow. Read More »

Pilgrimage of Resurrection: Wandering for the Love of God

What would it mean to wander and allow yourself to feel the vulnerability of being a bit lost or disoriented? What new awareness might break in from this softened place? Read More »

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