Mark Your Calendars…

These dates are subject to change, but will probably stay as they are. If you'd like to participate in a retreat that I will be leading or co-leading at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA, in 2012, here are the dates to hold: June 15 - 17, 2012: The Spirituality of George MacDonald and C. S. Lewis July 13 - 15, 2012: Spiritual Writing and Journal Keeping August 10 - 12, 2012: Of Gods and Men: Cistercian Spirituality and Interfaith Relationships September 14 - 16, 2012: Spirituality … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

So just let God act, and be at peace. As far as you are in God, you are in peace; and as far as you are outside God, you are outside peace. Lack of peace comes from created things and not from God. Nor is there anything to fear in God, and nothing in him to cause sadness; his being can draw only love from us. It is true: they who have all they wish for, know joy; but no one has this except those whose will is one with God's will. May God grant us this union! — Meister Eckhart, quoted i … [Read more...]

The New Abbey Store

The Monastery of the Holy Spirit has opened a new Monastic Heritage Center, including a museum of monastic culture — housed in an old barn where the monks lived when they first came to Georgia in 1944, a greenhouse and garden center, a coffee shop, and a new Abbey Store. The entire center is beautiful, and I believe the museum will do wonders to draw more people to contemplative spirituality (as well as help stimulate vocations to monastic life). Here's a short video I made on Friday, minutes b … [Read more...]

Bin Laden’s Death: Christian and Buddhist Perspectives

Two people I admire have posted thoughtful reflections on the death of Osama Bin Laden, and how we who practice intentional spirituality might best respond to this event. Both columns are well worth reading.Fr. James Martin, SJ, author of My Life with the Saints and The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything, articulates The Christian Response to Bin Laden's Death.Susan Piver, author of How Not to Be Afraid of Your Own Life and The Wisdom of a Broken Heart, offers a Buddhist perspective when … [Read more...]

Why do Catholics become Protestant?

National Catholic Reporter has just posted a fascinating article looking at research by the Pew Research Center on why people leave the Catholic Church. This particular article focuses on those who leave Catholicism to enter a mainline Protestant or Evangelical Church. The research suggests that the common reasons believed by those who are ideologically liberal — or conservative — are not all that important. What is important? A sense of being spiritually nurtured.Read the article: The Hidden E … [Read more...]

A Book for All Time

I've posted the text of the talk I gave in February at the "Awakening in God's Love" conference to my website. This conference was sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta's Institute for Ministry and Theological Education. It was a celebration of the life and work of Anglican writer and contemplative Evelyn Underhill, marking the centennial of the publication of her book Mysticism: The Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness.In the morning at the conference, scholar Dana … [Read more...]

Wild Goose Festival Trailer!

Here's a little video to watch (and share with your friends) about the Wild Goose Festival. … [Read more...]