Forthcoming Books from Liturgical Press

Recently I received an email announcing new titles from Liturgical Press, one of the leading publishers on Benedictine, monastic, and general Christian spirituality. I'm taking the liberty of posting the contents of that email here on my blog, because pretty much every title listed looks wonderful to me — and, I suppose, will interest anyone visiting this blog as well. Michael Casey on the prologue to the Rule of St. Benedict, anyone? Joan Chittister exploring the radical nature of the B … [Read more...]

Images from the Wild Goose Festival

I'm home from the Wild Goose Festival. What an amazing experience it was!Hopefully I'll find the time sometime soon to write about the experience. But in the meantime, here are a few photos to give you a glimpse of the experience. The first two photos I took using my iPhone; the other two are courtesy of conference attendee Christine M. Anderson. … [Read more...]

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...]