Quote for the Day

Contemplation in the age of Auschwitz and Dachau, Solovky and Karaganda is something darker and more fearsome than contemplation in the age of the Church Fathers. For that very reason, the urge to seek a path of spiritual light can be a subtle temptation to sin. It certainly is sin if it means a frank rejection of the burden of our age, an escape into unreality and spiritual illusion, so as not to share the misery of other men.

Preliminary Practices for Christian Contemplatives
Pentecost and Ecstasy
In Memoriam: Kenneth Leech
Sanctity and Struggle, or, Why Saints Have Chaotic Inner Lives (Hint: It's Because We All Do)
About Carl McColman

Author of Befriending Silence, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, Answering the Contemplative Call, and other books. Retreat leader. Speaker. Professed Lay Cistercian.

  • Obie

    I hope you don’t mind, but I have copied your post into my own blog with attribution to your blog and a link back. I have also included your blog in my blogroll.


  • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/carlmccolman/ Carl McColman

    I don’t mind at all! Thanks for your kind words on your blog.

  • http://www.xanga.com/pashe/ Payshun

    wow and wow. I just saw Friar Keating last weekend. It was an awesome and short lived experience.


  • zoecarnate

    Amen and amen. Conscious contemplation in the 21st century must carry with it a sense of sadness at its core – or perhaps sadness at its edges? – with Joy as its deepest center, but not the naive enthusiasm of escapism, but Joy energized by Resurrection.

    And of course, what we do after we get up from the mat displays vividly the fruit of contemplation…

  • natbas

    Great quote.