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October 18, 2018
Letting Go Of (Our Limited Image of) God
“God loves us whether we remain Christian or not." That's a statement I made in...
October 12, 2018
Remaining at the Cross: On Being a Contemplative Christian in a Church That Has Forgotten Its Mystical Heritage
This is turning out to be "James Ishmael Ford" week at my blog. Earlier this...
October 10, 2018
Want to Learn About Zen? Here’s a Book to Get You Started
Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning the Language of Dragons is the latest book by James Ishmael...
October 06, 2018
Ten Bible Verses About Silence, Stillness and Solitude
This evening I've been asked to speak to a small house church in my neighborhood...
October 04, 2018
Can Christians Use a (Non-Christian) Mantra?
A reader, who identifies as a contemplative/mystical Christian, posted this question to me on Facebook:...
October 02, 2018
How To Know When to Speak (and When to Be Silent)
Recently I posted this on Facebook: In response, a reader made this comment: Carl, it...
September 29, 2018
Two Questions on the Practice of Silent Prayer
A reader of this blog wrote to me about the practice of silent prayer. He...
September 25, 2018
Is Mystical Experience the Antidote to Nihilism?
In response to my previous post from last October, Why Experience Is Not the Foundation of...
September 12, 2018
C. S. Lewis in the Digital Age: An Amazing Collection of Books from Verbum
Did you know that one of the most popular authors in Catholic bookstores is a...
September 11, 2018
God In The Balance: More Thoughts About Mary and Martha
Today's post is by a guest author, Dr. David Rensberger, author of Johannine Faith and Liberating...
September 08, 2018
Contemplation and Ecstatic Experience
A reader named Kevin wrote and asked me: What's your view on the phenomenon of...
September 05, 2018
Contemplating the Sacred Word
A reader wrote this message to me recently: Carl, I just recently started centering prayer...
August 30, 2018
Get Started On Your Journey Into Celtic Wisdom
This fall my new book, An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom, will be published. You can pre-order...
August 27, 2018
Between Shambhala and the Catholic Church: On Being a Contemplative in Imperfect Institutions
I sure know how to pick them (he says, ruefully). The two organizations that I...
August 24, 2018
Getting to Know A Dangerous Mystic
Meister Eckhart is one of the most renowned of Christian mystics: a medieval philosopher who...
August 22, 2018
What’s The Point Behind Mary and Martha?
When I lead retreats, I often offer up a disclaimer: I am not an academic...
August 17, 2018
Three Forthcoming Books On Silence You Won’t Want to Miss
Over the next six months at least three noteworthy books on one of my favorite...
August 14, 2018
Four Keys to a Contemplative Life (Courtesy of Psalm 37)
For years now I have loved Psalm 37, for it includes one of my favorite...
August 11, 2018
The Contemplative Charism of the Humble Haiku (Anam Ċara in Verse, Part II)
N.B. Today’s guest post is by Judith Valente, poet, Benedictine oblate, and author of How to...
August 08, 2018
Two Complementary Guides to Mystical Devotion
Prayer and meditation — at least for people who believe in God, they go together...
August 05, 2018
Discerning the Difference Between Healthy Self-Esteem and Toxic Selfishness
In response to my article The Self, Self-Esteem, and Dying to Self, one reader posted...
August 02, 2018
What To Do When Mystics Feel Like Misfits
In response to my recent article Why Are Mystics So... Weird?!?, one reader posted this comment
July 28, 2018
A Miscellaneous List of Books I Like (And Recommend)
I love booklists. I find browsing someone's list of recommended titles is a great way...
July 26, 2018
God Listens… Within You
Today's guest post is by Mark S. Burrows, translator of Rilke's Prayers of a Young...
July 25, 2018
The Self, Self-Esteem, and Dying to Self: Contemplative Spirituality and the Ego
A reader of this blog named John wrote to me a while back and asked...
July 23, 2018
Give Love, Receive the Kingdom: A New Treat for Lovers of English Spirituality
If you love the spirituality of the English people, a new treat awaits you, courtesy...
July 19, 2018
Saying Yes to “Prayer Without Ceasing”
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Saint Paul throws down the spiritual gauntlet. He instructs his readers...
July 16, 2018
Sarah Coakley on Thomas Merton: The Climate of Monastic Prayer
To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the last book Thomas Merton completed before his death,...
July 14, 2018
Why Are the Mystics So… Weird?!?
One thing I love about the mystics is just how weird they are. Obviously, there are...
July 11, 2018
What’s in a (Sacred) Story? Meditating on the Mysteries of Your Faith
To be a mystic is to be the explorer of both Divine and human mysteries...
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