I am using the Psalm selection for the first Sunday of Lent (Psalm 25:4-9) for my Lectio Divina Diligens devotion. Lectio — reading 4 Make known to me your ways, Lord; teach me your paths. 5 Guide me by your fidelity and teach me, for you are God my savior, for you I wait all the day long. 6 Remember your compassion and your mercy, O Lord, for they are ages old. 7 Remember no more the sins of my youth; remember me according to your… Read more

I am using the Ash Wednesday Gospel reading (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18) for my Lectio Divina Diligens devotion. Lectio — reading Jesus said to his disciples: “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; otherwise, you will have no recompense from your heavenly Father. When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Amen, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you give alms, do… Read more

This photo appeared on Twitter a few days ago: I got the goodie package @CarlMcColman / just in time and Perfect for my Lenten reflections this year. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/j3nM5fQQw7 — Lisa Colón DeLay (@LisaDelay) February 9, 2018 Lisa Colón DeLay hosts a podcast called Spark My Muse, and she is the first one to schedule an interview in support of my forthcoming release, The Little Book of Christian Mysticism. So my publisher sent her copies of The Big Book of Christian… Read more

A reader wrote the following question to me. My son has a very rare developmental disability, Prader-Willi-Syndrome, and needs 24/7/365 monitoring. How, given his awareness level, is he able to assimilate even the basics of what it means to be holy? Because of his disability, he has little concept and interest, if any at all, in anything spiritual, yet I’ve read many spiritual writers, such as yourself, who either don’t address the question, or, if they do, only briefly mention… Read more

We’re just over a week away from Ash Wednesday! Which means it is time to be reflecting on your Lenten devotion. Last week I suggested a couple of books that might be good choices for your Lenten reading. Today I’d like to offer another idea — something I plan to explore more fully in this blog each week during Lent. It has to do with prayerfully — and mindfully — reading scripture. Many people who embrace Christian contemplative practice discover… Read more

Pick up any edition of The Cloud of Unknowing, and you are likely to find the following language a bit intimidating: Whoever you are possessing this book, know that I charge you with a serious responsibility, to which I attach the sternest sanctions that the bonds of love can bear. It does not matter whether this book belongs to you, whether you are keeping it for someone else, whether you are  taking it to someone, or borrowing it; you are… Read more

Believe it or not, Lent is just over two weeks away. Which means it is time to select your Lenten book for devotional reading. Lent is a time for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. According to the Rule of Saint Benedict, it’s also an ideal time for devotional reading. In The Rule of Saint Benedict we find this mandate: During this time of Lent each one is to receive a book from the library, and is to read the whole of it… Read more

I know, reader surveys are annoying. But I hope you will take just a few short minutes and give this one a go. What’s in it for you? This information will help me to tailor the posts on this blog to your needs and interests. Thank you!  P.S. I have a hunch that one or two of the questions in this survey will surprise you (unless you’ve been following my blog for a very long time, that is)… View Survey Read more

In response to my recent post about Contemplative Prayer and the Holy Trinity, a reader posted the following message to me via Facebook: I’ve gotten discouraged with the very idea of “spiritual practice”. I’ve found so many practices that are meaningful and helpful but I’ve managed to turn every single one into an idol, treating it like a mechanism that controls my relation to God. I see the need for practice but I don’t understand how to keep from idolizing… Read more

About ten years ago I had a conversation with an elderly Trappist monk about the book I was writing — a book on Christian mysticism. Hearing that it was intended to introduce mysticism to the general public, he scoffed. “Not everyone is called to be a mystic,” he objected. “But doesn’t God want us to be in union with him?” I replied. “Well, yes,” he admitted, “we are all called to holiness but not all to mysticism.” I disagreed with him, and I’m… Read more

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