My Daily Horarium

A reader of this blog has asked me to comment on my own daily practice, especially in regard to these concerns:Word prayer (litanies and sorts) Rosary prayer Jesus prayer/prayer of the heart Psalm prayer Christian meditation/Centering prayer Daily Office Lectio Divina Participation in the sacramental life of the Church Bible reading Personal study Creative exercises (writing, painting, dancing...) Retreats and quiet days Fasting Waking & vigilance Works of mercy … [Read more...]

Mary and Martha Revisited

A friend of mine wrote me this note:I struggle at times to see the point of non-mystic relationships with our Abba. I don't want to judge but it feels as if mystics connect with God and all else is religion. Even as I prepare to go to a contemporary church service where many enjoy the worship and talking, I would rather just be somewhere quiet with my Source and Lover of my soul.You've written somewhere on your website about the connection between mystics / contemplatives and INFP's. Do we … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

We become contemplatives when God discovers Himself in us. — Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation … [Read more...]

The Real Reason Why Some Evangelicals Dislike Contemplative Prayer?

Here's an interesting article from the Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal: David Harris, a former Baptist minister, next month will be ordained a Catholic priest.What I found particularly enlightening was the role that mysticism, Thomas Merton, Cistercian monasticism, and especially contemplative prayer had to play in the Rev. Harris' process of conversion.One of the joys of being a convert to Catholicism is my deeply held belief that God's grace flows abundantly everywhere — a person c … [Read more...]

Thomas Dubay on Contemplative Prayer

I don't see entirely eye to eye with Fr. Thomas Dubay (among other things, he is opposed to centering prayer as too "oriental" a practice), but nevertheless he is probably my favorite conservative Catholic teacher on contemplative practice. So I'm delighted to learn that he has a podcast on the topic. Click here to listen and/or download the podcast. I haven't had a chance to listen to this particular series, although I've enjoyed a CD series on contemplative prayer he did a while back. Check … [Read more...]

“…the Vision of Ultimate Reality as Unconditional Love…”

This little video will give you some insight into why I like to hang out with monks. It features Fr. Thomas Keating, OCSO, speaking at an Integral Contemplative Christianity Conference put on by Ken Wilber's Integral Institute.If you have a few minutes, head on over to Youtube: there's more of Keating there for the watching. … [Read more...]

Trying to Be Contemplative

My dear friend Phil Foster forwarded me this link to a wonderful article by the late Gerald May, called Trying to Be Contemplative. It's built around one of my favorite Zen sayings, "Quit trying. Quit trying not to try. Quit quitting!" Here's a taste: This summer I'll be going into the desert alone again. I'm sure I'll want to be contemplative. I hope and pray that I won't impose my ideas and efforts about contemplation on whatever God has in store for me there. If my eyes seek the beauty of the … [Read more...]