What I’m Currently Reading

Long-time readers of my blog know that I tend to have anywhere from 20 to 40 books "going" at a time... in other words, between titles I plan on reviewing, research I'm doing for whatever project I happen to be working on, my ongoing study of the mystics, or even just stuff I pick up for fun, I've always got a slew of books by my bedside table. Frankly, I wouldn't have it any other way.Today I was having so much fun reading that I decided to blog about a baker's dozen of the titles in my … [Read more...]

Right Where You Are

One of the reasons I love contemplative spirituality is the way it invites us into deeper communion with God from right where we are. John O'Donohue said in his tape series Anam Cara something to the effect of that he thought the "spiritual journey" only took a quarter of an inch to traverse. In other words, spirituality is not about some long arduous path that one must follow, for years and years, to finally get to the point where it's possible to be a beginner. No, spirituality is the exciting … [Read more...]

How to Be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job

How to be a Monastic and Not Leave Your Day Job: An Invitation to Oblate Life By Brother Benet Tvedten Brewster, Massachusetts: Paraclete Press, 2006A charming and easy read, this book celebrates the unique spirituality of Benedictine oblates — individuals who are not monastics but who choose to integrate the wisdom of the Rule of Saint Benedict into their lives while also forming a special relationship with a particular monastery. Oblates (the word comes from the Latin for "offering") o … [Read more...]