In Memory of the Trampled Wal-Mart Worker: A Contemplative Rant

Here's some unhappy post-Thanksgiving news: Wal-Mart Store Employee Trampled to Death by Black Friday Shoppers. It's a grim story. Not only did frenzied shoppers trample an employee, but they just kept on stepping over his body once he fell. They pushed fellow employees who were trying to help him out of the way. And then they got angry when the store closed, in the wake of the poor man's death.Do we need any more proof that the American Dream has collapsed into a commercial nightmare?My … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

We become contemplatives when God discovers Himself in us. — Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation … [Read more...]

Register now for the February Ken Wilber Course

The class I will be teaching on Ken Wilber's A Brief History of Everything is now listed online at Emory University's Center for Lifelong Learning. If you register early, you can save $10 on the course fee. (I don't know when early registration ends, but as of this writing it's still going on). If you're new to Ken Wilber or just want a communal setting for exploring Wilber's ideas as presented in one of his most accessible books, this is a wonderful class. Evening at Emory always attracts a … [Read more...]

Thomas Merton on Sanctity

The saint knows that the world and everything made by God is good, while those who are not saints either think that created things are unholy, or else they don't bother about the question one way or another because they are only interested in themselves. The eyes of the saint make all beauty holy and the hands of the saint consecrate everything they touch to the glory of God, and the saint is never offended by anything and judges no man's sin because he does not know sin. He knows the mercy of … [Read more...]

Beloved Dust

Beloved Dust: Tides of the Spirit in the Christian Life By Robert Davis Hughes, III New York: Continuum, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanThis is actually just a "teaser" review. I just got my copy of Beloved Dust yesterday, which means I've only given it a cursory glance:  so I'm only going to do a brief mini-review of this book for now. But this book deserves a careful reading, so after I've read it, I'll come back and write about it in greater depth. Let me offer a disclaimer: Bob Hughes was my … [Read more...]

Not in there!

Becky Garrison sent me a link to this wonderful drawing, from a blogger who calls himself Naked Pastor: … [Read more...]

The Charter for Compassion

This looks pretty cool: a group of religious leaders, including folks like Desmond Tutu and Joan Chittister, are spearheading a campaign to draft a universal "Charter for Compassion." Perhaps this could be the Magna Carta of the 3rd millennium? Part of what's neat about it is that anyone can contribute ideas or language for the charter via this website:Charter for CompassionHere's what the website says about this: By recognizing that the Golden Rule is fundamental to all world religions, the … [Read more...]