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July 22, 2016
St. Benedict and the Prosperity Gospel
This past Tuesday night my wife and I went with some 19,000 other folks to hear...
June 16, 2016
St. Athanasius on the Nature of Angels
The Life of St Antony of the Desert, written by the fourth century Bishop of...
February 29, 2016
John Cassian: The Leap Year Contemplative
February 29 is the feast day of St. John Cassian — who, in addition to...
January 22, 2016
Preliminary Practices for Christian Contemplatives
Tibetan Buddhists have a series of spiritual exercises that are seen as foundational to their spiritual...
January 01, 2016
Pentecost and Ecstasy
A reader of my blog named Paul emailed me the following question: I realize this...
November 28, 2015
Sanctity and Struggle, or, Why Saints Have Chaotic Inner Lives (Hint: It’s Because We All Do)
An editor at Patheos recently pointed me to the following trailer, and suggested I blog...
September 13, 2015
In Memoriam: Kenneth Leech
I have learned of the passing of Father Kenneth Leech, who died on Saturday after...
July 22, 2015
Mysticism and the Divine Feminine: An Interview with Mirabai Starr
One of my favorite contemporary authors is Mirabai Starr, who I first encountered through her...
June 12, 2015
What Has Not Yet Been Revealed
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is I John 3:2. Here is a lectio divina meditation...
June 05, 2015
Life is a Pilgrimage — So Embrace the Journey
Christine Valters Painter is one of the most creative and visionary of spiritual directors with...
March 16, 2015
Social Media… and Silence
Hi. My name is Carl and I'm a Facebook addict. ("Hi, Carl!") This past weekend,...
February 17, 2015
How to Keep a Holy Lent
Mardi Gras can be a lot of fun, but when Fat Tuesday ends, Ash Wednesday...
November 17, 2014
Timothy Keller Gets Contemplation Wrong
Timothy Keller, the popular New York City Presbyterian pastor and author of several bestselling books,...
July 16, 2014
“Prologue 9”? What does that mean, pray tell? It’s an allusion to the Rule of...
June 01, 2014
“That God’s Love Might Live in Us” — A Few Lovely Words from Thomas Merton
I've been re-reading Thomas Merton's The Waters of Siloe for a class I'm teaching at...
May 10, 2014
A Prayer for the Morning
Beautiful God, Blessed Trinity, I thank you for the gift of this new day. O...
March 04, 2014
The Choices We Make Determine Who We Are
This morning I was reading St. John of the Cross, and came across this passage....
February 18, 2014
Concerning Contemplative Prayer and Spiritual Xenophobia
Contemplative spirituality is a spirituality in which, in the words of Richard Rohr, "everything belongs."...
February 03, 2014
Sometimes When I Sit in Silence…
Contemplative prayer — the prayer of sitting in silence, waiting in faith and trust on...
December 20, 2013
Preparing for the Silent Night (Conclusion)
Okay, I'm loving The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander so much that I have to give...
December 18, 2013
Preparing for the Silent Night (Part Two)
This is the second of a series of Advent reflections. To read the first part,...
December 16, 2013
Preparing for the Silent Night (Part One)
My Advent reading for this year is The Reed of God by Caryll Houselander. A twentieth...
October 22, 2013
The Fullness of Our Destiny
I picked up a copy of an old book called The Laughter of God: At Ease...
September 25, 2013
Embracing Depth and Diversity: a Contemplative Approach to Interspirituality and Religious Commitment
Autumn in Georgia is a mild and lovely season, marked by golden sunlight, cool...
May 29, 2013
Three Video Clips: Speaking of Mysticism in Portland, OR
Here are three brief excerpts from a talk I gave in Portland, OR, in October...
December 21, 2012
101 Books for Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
Are you interested in exploring the richness of dialogue and interspiritual practice between Christianity and...
July 23, 2012
Nonduality in the Bible … and us
A reader writes: I love reading your articles but am new to the terminology. What is...
June 12, 2012
The Mystic Way of Evangelism
...there are other, deeper indicators of a loss of vitality in the American church. The...
September 22, 2009
On Learning a Musical Instrument as a Metaphor for Contemplative Practice
I'm a beginner with the bass guitar. I bought an inexpensive Ibanez bass the January...
February 19, 2007
My Loveliest Dream
It must have been sometime in the early 1980s. I was either still working on...
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