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May 02, 2018
What’s the difference between Ignatian Spirituality and Centering Prayer?
What is the difference between centering prayer and Ignatian spirituality? To answer this question, let's...
March 23, 2018
On the Contemplative Role of the Ear… and the Tongue (Lectio Divina Diligens for Palm Sunday)
Here is the final installment of my Lenten series on Lectio Divina I'm calling Lectio Divina...
March 20, 2018
What to Do When Prayer Gets Dull
A reader writes: Hi Carl, hope you're well. Just wanted to pick your brain again!...
March 15, 2018
God’s Guidance, Engraved on Our Hearts (Lectio Divina Diligens for the Fifth Sunday of Lent)
Our Lenten journey continues with a twist on Lectio Divina I'm calling Lectio Divina Diligens. Click...
March 06, 2018
Periodicals That Contemplatives Will Enjoy
Yesterday I received this message: Hi, Mr. McColman, Quick question. Are there any periodicals, journals,...
March 02, 2018
Love Matters More Than Logic or Experience (Lectio Divina Diligens for the Third Sunday of Lent)
We continue our journey through Lent with a new approach to Lectio Divina that I...
February 01, 2018
The Ethics of Sharing Mystical Knowledge: Meister Eckhart and the Cloud Author
Pick up any edition of The Cloud of Unknowing, and you are likely to find...
December 26, 2017
“What is it about paganism that scares Christians?”
Several months ago, in response to a reader's question, I posted an article to this...
December 19, 2017
Into Safe Hands: A Meditation On Dying for Advent and Christmas (by Ronald Rolheiser)
Note: Today's post, by guest contributor Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, is an excerpt from his new...
December 15, 2017
Seven Lessons on Prayer I learned from Julian of Norwich
The great medieval mystic Julian of Norwich is renowned for her theological optimism ("All shall...
December 08, 2017
The Call to Move “Beyond” What is Safe and Familiar
Today's post is by guest contributor Mark S. Burrows, who is a poet and an...
November 09, 2017
What do Gene Kelly and St. Francis have in common?
Today's post is by a guest contributor: Jon M. Sweeney, author of numerous books including The Saint...
October 23, 2017
On Discerning the Meaning of Spiritual Experience
A reader of my blog writes: How do you know if a certain spiritual experience...
October 05, 2017
Why Experience Is Not the Foundation of (All) Spirituality
Why it's dangerous to say that experience should be the necessary foundation for spiritual growth.
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 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 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...
June 06, 2017
Sacred Rhythms: How Monastic Spirituality Can Nurture Your Walk with God
Would you like to learn more about the beautiful spirituality of Christian monks and nuns?
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...
March 20, 2017
Talking to Christine Valters Paintner about the Wisdom of the Body
My friend and colleague Christine Valters Paintner has recently released a book called The Wisdom of the...
February 22, 2017
One Step Christians Must Take To Receive the Gift of Illumination
In his wonderful book about the present and future of Christian mysticism, "Arise, My Love...", author...
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 10, 2017
Seven Essential Books on the Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers
The headwaters of the Christian contemplative and mystical tradition — aside from the Bible, of...
February 02, 2017
A Candlemas Meditation
Today is the feast of the Presentation, traditionally known as Candlemas. It's a time when...
January 11, 2017
“Constantly Seek His Face”
Today’s Mass Readings (Hebrews 2:14–18, Psalm 105:1–9, and Mark 1:29–39) offer an interesting insight into the role...
January 04, 2017
How to Think About Angels
Here is a wonderful description of angels from the anonymous Syrian monk who is now...
January 02, 2017
Seven Ideas for a Contemplative New Year’s Resolution
Happy new year! 'Tis the season for making a resolution for a positive change in...
December 06, 2016
Why I Still Recommend Verbum Software for Catholics… and for all Contemplatives
Two years ago this week, I wrote a glowing review of a Bible Software program...
December 01, 2016
“You Wrote Books About Paganism?!?”
The late Kenneth Leech used to tell the story about giving a lecture at a...
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