Benedictine Spirituality and the Community of Hope

On April 20 I had the privilege of speaking to the Southeast Regional Conference of the Community of Hope International, an ecumenical organization of Christians whose mission is "to create and sustain Christian communities of volunteer lay pastoral caregivers around the world." Their mission statement goes on to say, "We are united in prayer, shaped by Benedictine spirituality and equipped for and serving in pastoral care ministries." I was invited to speak on the Benedictine tradition and how … [Read more...]

Does God = Consciousness?

A reader writes... Carl, I am a theoretical physicist by training and have struggled with the idea of supernatural concepts like God. Even so, contemplation has increased my sense of God being part of me, which I like very much. So here is my question: Do you think it is too radical to say God IS your consciousness? After all, Jesus said, "The Father and I are one." ┬áPersonally, it seems wonderful to have such awareness of God 24/7. Since we have no idea what consciousness is, saying it is God … [Read more...]

Carmelite Review reviews “Answering the Contemplative Call”

The latest (Winter/Spring 2013) issue of Carmelite Review includes a review of Answering the Contemplative Call. Here's the review. You can purchase a copy of the book by clicking here. … [Read more...]


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