Why I don’t call myself a “Monk in the World”

A friend of mine, Christine Valters Paintner, has a wonderful ministry called Abbey of the Arts. She has written a number of books and maintains a vibrant blog and website. What I love about her work is how she integrates the experience of being a Benedictine Oblate with creative expressions such as photography.Here are two of her books I would especially recommend:The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic WisdomandWater, Wind, Earth & Fire: The Christian … [Read more...]

What do Brian McLaren and Carolyn Myss have in common?

What do Brian McLaren and Carolyn Myss have in common? And, for that matter, Phyllis Tickle, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Richard Rohr? They have all endorsed The Big Book of Christian Mysticism.Over the last few weeks, while I've been proofreading the manuscript, the publisher and I have sent it out to a number of authors, college professors, and clergypersons, for feedback and potential endorsements. Now, to God be the glory in all of this: to date we have received the following responses, all of … [Read more...]

Water, Wind, Earth & Fire

Water, Wind, Earth & Fire: The Christian Practice of Praying with the Elements By Christine Valters Paintner Notre Dame, IN: Sorin Books, 2010 Review by Carl McColmanIt doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out that St. Francis of Assisi's "Canticle of the Creatures" (also known as the "Canticle of the Sun") is a powerful and poetic evocation of God's presence in the elements of nature. But few Christians, in my experience, seem to draw the connection that if the elements are indeed … [Read more...]


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