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May 18, 2018
We Need to Find the Silence Within — Even in the Midst of a “Joyful Noise”
Check out this insightful, evocative quotation from Barbara A. Holme's wonderful book Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices...
May 16, 2018
Just What is Contemplation, Anyway? And Why Should I Care?
A Jesuit priest, a Trappist monk, and a Tibetan buddhist walked into a bar. (No,...
January 18, 2018
How to Pray Every Day — Without Confusing Prayer with God
In response to my recent post about Contemplative Prayer and the Holy Trinity, a reader...
January 08, 2018
Contemplating the Trinity
The heart of Christian spirituality is the Mystery of the Holy Trinity. This is the...
January 02, 2018
Expanding our Minds: Recovering Contemplation In Pursuit of Wisdom
Today’s guest post is by Kevin M. Johnson, one of the co-hosts of the Encountering Silence...
December 28, 2017
Holding Spiritual Experience Gently
The other day I received this message from a reader who contacted me via Facebook......
December 21, 2017
Cutting Through Contemplative Materialism
A reader of this blog wrote this question to me recently: Hi Carl, just wondering...
December 20, 2017
Contemplation and the Bible
A reader of my blog writes: "Christian Contemplative prayer gets a lot of bad press,...
October 19, 2017
Some thoughts on Non-Dualism (East and West) and Single-Mindedness
A reader on Facebook recently asked me: How do Eastern and Western non dualism differ?...
October 16, 2017
Five Elements of a Daily Contemplative Practice — and Four Principles for Cultivating Your Practice
Recently a reader of this blog posted this question: Just curious Carl — what does your typical schedule...
September 27, 2017
When the Pope Talked to the Trappists
You don't have to be a monk to learn from the monks, and I think...
September 13, 2017
After the Storm
Humility it what reminds us just how tiny and puny we are when faced with...
September 10, 2017
Waiting for the Storm
“There’s a storm coming, and it’s not a storm of our making.” — Neil Gaiman,...
September 07, 2017
What is the Relationship Between Contemplation and Privilege?
We live in a moment in history when, finally, our global human family seems to be starting...
August 24, 2017
What to Do When Contemplative Prayer Leads to Sadness
A reader, who has asked to remain anonymous, writes: I have been practicing centering prayer...
August 23, 2017
What I learned from the Solar Eclipse
I don't remember much about the spring of 1970, when I was in the third...
August 10, 2017
How do Contemplatives Share the Gospel with Others?
In my recent book, Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages, I made a comment that...
August 08, 2017
Can We Measure the Scientific Benefits of Christian Contemplation?
A recent article on the UK-based website Christian Today (not to be confused with Christianity Today) poses the...
May 23, 2017
What Is the Relationship Between Christian Prayer and Meditation?
Christian spirituality is dedicated to growing in intimacy with God. Both the prayer of silence...
May 04, 2017
Compline — Prayer for the Closing of the Day
This video presents a service of Compline, sung live by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, England, under...
April 19, 2017
How to be a Contemplative in a “Toxic” Community (Part Two)
This is a continuation of a post I began yesterday — click here to read...
April 18, 2017
How to be a Contemplative in a “Toxic” Community (Part One)
A reader wrote the following message to me recently: Hi Carl. I'm a contemplative in...
April 14, 2017
Richard Rohr on the Spirituality of Unknowing (Video)
Here's a treat for all you Richard Rohr fans (and if you're not a Rohr...
March 31, 2017
A Contemplative Conversation (Video)
Is God hidden? How do we see (or behold) the presence of God? What...
March 29, 2017
Is it possible to “fail” at contemplative prayer?
Anyone who has ever trained with weights knows that form is important. If you lift...
March 27, 2017
Building Contemplative Community Online: An Interview with Jeff Genung
A common complaint I hear from contemplatives — especially people new to contemplative practice —...
March 13, 2017
How to Cultivate Your “Contemplative Ecosystem”
Recently I had a wonderful conversation with Kevin Johnson, who contributes to the Inner Room blog...
March 10, 2017
What is Contemplation? (Video)
So what is contemplation? In this video I talk about contemplation, beginning with the definition...
February 20, 2017
Five Ideas that Shape Contemplative Prayer
I recently listened to the audiobook version of Chris Anderson's TED Talks: The Official TED Guide...
February 15, 2017
Seven Important Bible Verses About Silence
Catholics (and other Christians) can be a noisy bunch. I'm always a bit surprised when I...
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