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May 16, 2018
Just What is Contemplation, Anyway? And Why Should I Care?
A Jesuit priest, a Trappist monk, and a Tibetan buddhist walked into a bar. (No,...
May 02, 2018
What’s the difference between Ignatian Spirituality and Centering Prayer?
What is the difference between centering prayer and Ignatian spirituality? To answer this question, let's...
April 25, 2018
A Conversation with Richard Rohr, OFM
Richard Rohr — author of numerous books on the contemplative dimension of spirituality, including Everything Belongs and The...
March 23, 2018
On the Contemplative Role of the Ear… and the Tongue (Lectio Divina Diligens for Palm Sunday)
Here is the final installment of my Lenten series on Lectio Divina I'm calling Lectio Divina...
March 06, 2018
Periodicals That Contemplatives Will Enjoy
Yesterday I received this message: Hi, Mr. McColman, Quick question. Are there any periodicals, journals,...
January 18, 2018
How to Pray Every Day — Without Confusing Prayer with God
In response to my recent post about Contemplative Prayer and the Holy Trinity, a reader...
January 02, 2018
Expanding our Minds: Recovering Contemplation In Pursuit of Wisdom
Today’s guest post is by Kevin M. Johnson, one of the co-hosts of the Encountering Silence...
December 28, 2017
Holding Spiritual Experience Gently
The other day I received this message from a reader who contacted me via Facebook......
December 20, 2017
Contemplation and the Bible
A reader of my blog writes: "Christian Contemplative prayer gets a lot of bad press,...
October 19, 2017
Some thoughts on Non-Dualism (East and West) and Single-Mindedness
A reader on Facebook recently asked me: How do Eastern and Western non dualism differ?...
September 13, 2017
After the Storm
Humility it what reminds us just how tiny and puny we are when faced with...
September 10, 2017
Waiting for the Storm
“There’s a storm coming, and it’s not a storm of our making.” — Neil Gaiman,...
September 07, 2017
What is the Relationship Between Contemplation and Privilege?
We live in a moment in history when, finally, our global human family seems to be starting...
August 23, 2017
What I learned from the Solar Eclipse
I don't remember much about the spring of 1970, when I was in the third...
August 16, 2017
As someone whose ministry is focused on Christian contemplation, I do not like to write...
August 08, 2017
Can We Measure the Scientific Benefits of Christian Contemplation?
A recent article on the UK-based website Christian Today (not to be confused with Christianity Today) poses the...
July 26, 2017
The Politics of Silence
The other day, I posted this tweet: And a friend of mine posted this...
June 09, 2017
At the Edge of Waiting — A Celtic Approach to Contemplation
The Irish word for contemplation — or contemplative prayer — is rinnfheitheamh. Yes, that’s a...
May 08, 2017
How Julian of Norwich Changed My Life
Julian of Norwich, the author of Revelations of Divine Love, had a series of visions...
April 14, 2017
Richard Rohr on the Spirituality of Unknowing (Video)
Here's a treat for all you Richard Rohr fans (and if you're not a Rohr...
March 29, 2017
Is it possible to “fail” at contemplative prayer?
Anyone who has ever trained with weights knows that form is important. If you lift...
March 27, 2017
Building Contemplative Community Online: An Interview with Jeff Genung
A common complaint I hear from contemplatives — especially people new to contemplative practice —...
March 10, 2017
What is Contemplation? (Video)
So what is contemplation? In this video I talk about contemplation, beginning with the definition...
February 20, 2017
Five Ideas that Shape Contemplative Prayer
I recently listened to the audiobook version of Chris Anderson's TED Talks: The Official TED Guide...
December 22, 2016
St. Teresa’s Advice for Dealing With People Who Cannot or Will Not Engage in Christian Contemplation
Some things never change. Here's a little quote from Teresa of Ávila's classic book about...
December 06, 2016
Why I Still Recommend Verbum Software for Catholics… and for all Contemplatives
Two years ago this week, I wrote a glowing review of a Bible Software program...
August 24, 2016
Know Who You Are: When God Gazes At You, Who Does God See?
In Delphi, in ancient Greece, at a famous pagan temple these words were carved above...
August 16, 2016
Books for Beginning the Spiritual Journey
Here is a list of several books I recommend for spiritual seekers — especially those...
August 10, 2016
The Mystical Body
How do we embody the contemplative life? And how does the contemplative life make a...
August 04, 2016
Remembering the Three Dimensions of Prayer at Every Mass
Do you know why Catholics make three small crosses with their thumb — on their...
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