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September 24, 2017
Is It Okay for Catholics to Read Richard Rohr?
A reader of this blog, who is currently the member of a Protestant church but is...
August 30, 2017
The Church Says One Thing. My Conscience Disagrees. So What Do I Do?
For anyone who is trying to discern whether or not to become a Catholic, the...
August 15, 2017
How Should A Christian Respond When a Friend Becomes Interested in Witchcraft and Magic?
As long-standing readers of this blog know, I have not always been a Catholic; I...
March 17, 2017
A Closer Look at the Scrutinies: How an Ancient Rite Remains Relevant Today
On the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Sundays of Lent, Catholic Churches with aducts preparing to be...
December 01, 2016
“You Wrote Books About Paganism?!?”
The late Kenneth Leech used to tell the story about giving a lecture at a...
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...
March 10, 2016
Dear Pope Francis… (or as they say in Ireland, A Phápa Proinsias, a chara…)
Did you know that when Pope Francis was a little boy, he wanted to be...
February 17, 2016
Seven Blessings of Silent Prayer
Silent prayer — contemplative prayer, what the Catholic Catechism calls "wordless prayer in which mind...
January 28, 2016
The 2016 Presidential Candidate Prayer Challenge: Are You In?
As a blogger, I tend to avoid politics like it's radioactive. Not because I don't have...
January 22, 2016
Preliminary Practices for Christian Contemplatives
Tibetan Buddhists have a series of spiritual exercises that are seen as foundational to their spiritual...
November 09, 2015
Why Trappists Make Great Spiritual Guides
If you want access to a living Catholic contemplative tradition, look to the Trappists. In...
September 04, 2015
The Contemplative Story of Dear Prudence
I love the Beatles, and like many Beatles fans, I think The White Album is...
May 15, 2015
The Intelligent Person’s Guide to Prayer
Like so many folks in the blogosphere, I was fascinated by the story of Leah...
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...
February 18, 2014
Concerning Contemplative Prayer and Spiritual Xenophobia
Contemplative spirituality is a spirituality in which, in the words of Richard Rohr, "everything belongs."...
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