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June 08, 2016
What is Contemplation?
What is contemplation? Unfortunately, answering this question is tricky — for contemplation is like some other...
June 01, 2016
"Do Gifts of the Spirit, especially those like tongues, have any connection with mysticism? Historically, theologically,...
March 16, 2016
Do Contemplatives Need the Church?
A post on this blog received the following comment yesterday: Having been with the Catholic...
March 02, 2016
Is There a “Contemplative” Personality Type?
I once heard Richard Rohr tell a charming story of giving a retreat at the...
February 24, 2016
Five Essential Dimensions of Christian Prayer
I talk a lot about silent prayer in this blog, which is understandable considering that...
February 17, 2016
Seven Blessings of Silent Prayer
Silent prayer — contemplative prayer, what the Catholic Catechism calls "wordless prayer in which mind...
February 03, 2016
“The Process of Being in Relationship with God”
Okay: to summarize... Spirituality: the process of being in relationship with God. Belief and Wonder:...
January 20, 2016
Is Contemplation Dangerous?
Is contemplation dangerous? Some people think so. This past weekend I read a book that...
December 27, 2015
Emptiness and Non-Attachment
Last week I wrote about the difference between how Catholics understand meditation and contemplation, based...
December 18, 2015
Catholic Meditation and Contemplative Prayer: What’s the Difference?
A reader of my blog wrote to me and asked this question: What do you...
December 16, 2015
How to Find a Contemplative-Friendly Church
Spirituality is all about love, and love only exists in relationship. Therefore, spirituality is healthiest...
September 23, 2015
Nine Ways to Foster a Contemplative Church
If you are the pastor of a church or parish, this post is for you....
September 11, 2015
Five Things Christian Contemplatives can learn from Buddhists
Last night I attended a Beginner's Meditation Class at the Dharma Jewel Monastery in Atlanta....
August 28, 2015
Creative Conversation Begins with Contemplative Compassion
A friend of mine, who is the executive director of a progressive Christian ministry, told me...
July 22, 2015
What to Say to the Nay-Sayers: Talking About Contemplation With Its Critics
If you are active in a church or other faith community, and you are drawn...
July 15, 2015
Mindfulness and Contemplation
Recently a reader left the following comment on this blog: I have been reading and...
July 01, 2015
Principles for Contemplative Spirituality (Part One)
A couple of years ago Rob Bell wrote a book with the title What We...
June 24, 2015
Artist, Mystic, Pilgrim, Companion: An Interview with Christine Valters Paintner
Recently I had the opportunity to interview author and contemplative artist Christine Valters Paintner of...
June 10, 2015
The Rule, the Discipline, and Spiritual Growth
I bet if I took a poll, almost everyone who reads my blog would agree...
May 20, 2015
The Last Instructions of Christ to His Disciples
In the first chapter of The Acts of the Apostles, Jesus gives his disciples their...
May 06, 2015
Contemplative Leadership with Saints Benedict and Ignatius of Loyola
In recent months I have become very interested in the topic of leadership. Which might...
April 22, 2015
A Prayer for Contemplatives
O Divine Beloved, you are the source of life and the fountain of all goodness....
April 17, 2015
What To Do When Your Prayer Doesn’t Get ‘In The Zone’
A reader named Kevin wrote the following comment to me on Facebook, in response to...
April 02, 2015
What Good is Religion? A Contemplative Perspective
Bloggers on Patheos have been asked to reflect on the question "What Good is Religion?"...
March 28, 2015
You can do it, my friend: you can thrive with a daily practice of silent prayer
In my travels I hear a lot from people who get discouraged regarding silent prayer. Some...
March 25, 2015
Psalm 131: Humility, Silence and Hope
Sometimes I get asked "Where is contemplation in the Bible?" One obvious answer to this...
March 16, 2015
Social Media… and Silence
Hi. My name is Carl and I'm a Facebook addict. ("Hi, Carl!") This past weekend,...
March 06, 2015
Why We Need Contemplation
I am troubled by the idea that it's harder to be a child today than it...
February 19, 2015
The Dazzling Darkness
"There is in God (some say) A deep, but dazzling darkness" — Henry Vaughan “Truly,...
February 06, 2015
When Silence Rings
A reader named Nick writes: I am interested in the subject of meditation and...
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