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February 12, 2018
A First Look at My Christian Mysticism Trilogy
This photo appeared on Twitter a few days ago: I got the goodie package @CarlMcColman...
October 16, 2017
Five Elements of a Daily Contemplative Practice — and Four Principles for Cultivating Your Practice
Recently a reader of this blog posted this question: Just curious Carl — what does your typical schedule...
August 24, 2017
What to Do When Contemplative Prayer Leads to Sadness
A reader, who has asked to remain anonymous, writes: I have been practicing centering prayer...
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 22, 2017
Ten Books for Learning the Basics of Christian Contemplation
A reader of this blog sent me an email recently that said in part: I...
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...
November 23, 2016
Thoughts are to contemplative silence like a monstrance is to the Host
The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines contemplation like this: A form of wordless prayer...
October 03, 2016
Instructions on Prayer from a Trappist Monk
"I'm speechless," remarked Brother Elias Marechal, OCSO, after a congregation of several hundred young evangelicals vigorously applauded...
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...
January 22, 2016
Preliminary Practices for Christian Contemplatives
Tibetan Buddhists have a series of spiritual exercises that are seen as foundational to their spiritual...
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...
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....
July 15, 2015
Mindfulness and Contemplation
Recently a reader left the following comment on this blog: I have been reading and...
July 06, 2015
Do You Need a Spiritual Teacher?
A reader of my blog wrote the following message to me: I have been meditating...
July 01, 2015
Principles for Contemplative Spirituality (Part One)
A couple of years ago Rob Bell wrote a book with the title What We...
April 15, 2015
Contemplation and Grieving
A reader named Monika wrote the following comment and left it on one of my...
April 08, 2015
Contemplation and Conflict, or, How the Prayer of Silence Changes the Way We Think About Possessions, Theft, and Just About Everything Else
I simply love this story of two desert fathers, which Thomas Merton recounts in his...
February 19, 2015
The Dazzling Darkness
"There is in God (some say) A deep, but dazzling darkness" — Henry Vaughan “Truly,...
February 18, 2014
Concerning Contemplative Prayer and Spiritual Xenophobia
Contemplative spirituality is a spirituality in which, in the words of Richard Rohr, "everything belongs."...
February 03, 2014
Sometimes When I Sit in Silence…
Contemplative prayer — the prayer of sitting in silence, waiting in faith and trust on...
September 27, 2013
Why Contemplation is Revolutionary (Part One)
In yesterday's post (The Archbishop and the Community Theologian) I quoted two renowned living contemplatives...
March 05, 2010
This thought came to me yesterday. We Christians understand spirituality and mysticism in communal ways:...
September 22, 2009
On Learning a Musical Instrument as a Metaphor for Contemplative Practice
I'm a beginner with the bass guitar. I bought an inexpensive Ibanez bass the January...
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