Questions about the Spiritual Life

I received the following set of questions via email this morning; I'm posting them here with the permission of the author: Hi Carl ... I found centering prayer to be a draining experience. I was getting angry at God for not showing up. Should I keep doing it even if nothing ever happens? ... I grew up Roman Catholic and all through my life I have felt guilty for not enjoying reading the spiritual "classics" that you mention on your blog. I come to those kind of books like a homework assignment. … [Read more...]


The ever-vigilant Mike Morrell alerted me to this one. Whew! I'm glad he did. I was on the primrose path for sure...The New Monasticism is Really Really Bad;-) … [Read more...]

News from John O’Donohue’s website…

Here's some information from John O'Donohue's website:In October of 2007, Krista Tippett interviewed John for her public radio show, Speaking of Faith. The program will air on public radio stations nationwide from Thursday, February 21 through Wednesday, February 27. To find stations in your area that broadcast the program, click here. Concerning John's final resting place, in Co. Clare, Ireland: "There have been a number of enquiries about the location of John's funeral service and about … [Read more...]

Atheism and Anger

I had a conversation with a friend last night — the same friend I've written about before — who is undergoing a crisis of faith. He told me last night that reading the "new atheists" — folks like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens — makes him so angry. "I came to see that I have been duped by the church, and that the church is in the business of duping people."My friend is a good and honest man, sincere in his zeal to find truth. Perhaps a bit too zealous, for I fear that he … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Like an ancient galleon that has spent ages at sea, Christianity is encrusted with customs and attitudes acquired on its voyage through the centuries and it is making the tragic mistake of confusing the accidents of theological and cultural history with eternal truth. — Richard Holloway, Doubts and Loves: What is Left of Christianity … [Read more...]

Family Portrait

Here's a snapshot of me and my family, taken by my brother-in-law Jerry last month.Carl, Fran and Rhiannon; December 2007. … [Read more...]

The “Rebate” Check

I'm no economist, and normally I don't stray into the murky water of politics in this blog (I get into enough trouble writing about theology, mysticism and contemplative prayer), but on a purely intuitive level I feel like saying something about the so-called rebate checks that we middle class Americans are about to receive from our government, in anxious response to the fact that we have a stalling economy during an election year.I am reminded that the last time we got such checks — in 2001, s … [Read more...]