Is Contemplation Boring?

My latest column has been posted at Patheos — it dares to ask the question Is Contemplation Boring?Follow the link and see what you think! … [Read more...]

Hildegard’s Mystical Trinity

My latest column has been published at Patheos. Follow this link to read it: A Mystical Vision of the Trinity.It's about Hildegard of Bingen and her vision of the Holy Trinity —  which was depicted in one of the many illuminations found in the original manuscript of Hildegard's book Scivias.With Hildegard slated to be declared a Doctor of the Church on October 7, I'll be teaching several classes and leading two retreats on Hildegard, both here in Georgia and in South Carolina, this fall. … [Read more...]

True Peace, False Peace

My latest column on Patheos has just been published, I hope you'll pop over there and check it out:Two Types of Spiritual Peace … [Read more...]

Spiritual Orientation

My latest column has been published on Patheos. It's called Four Compass Points for the Spiritual Life.It grew out of an idea I have for this website (www.anamchara.com). It seems to me that there are four key dimensions to the spiritual life, no matter whether we are beginners or seasoned practitioners. And while I wrote the Patheos column specifically with "beginners" (of all ages) in mind, in truth one of the paradoxes of the spiritual life is that the further we travel on the journey, … [Read more...]

Patheos & the Wild Goose

Today Fran and Rhiannon and I are driving up to North Carolina for the second annual Wild Goose Festival. Will we see you there? We'll be there all day Friday and Saturday and at least part of the day Sunday. I'll be speaking on Celtic Spirituality Saturday evening, and on "Contemplation as a Subversive Act" Sunday morning.Of course, my Internet access will be spotty and confined to my iPhone over the next few days, so I don't anticipate spending much (if any time) on this blog, or Facebook, … [Read more...]

The Shattered Cup

For my latest column at Patheos, I take a rather whimsical look at the legendary/hagiographical story of Saint Benedict and the poisoned cup. The story goes that Benedict had been asked to serve as the abbot of a monastery, but the monks of that community soon decided they wanted to be rid of Benedict, and so summarily tried to poison the man, not once but twice! Benedict was smart enough to bless his food before eating or drinking, and in both cases, the blessing led to his being saved: when he … [Read more...]

Contemplation and the Lay Cistercian Life

My latest column is now online at Patheos. It's called Beholding the One Who Beholds Us and, as always, you can access it by following the link.It's my most personal column to date. In it I talk about my recent profession of life promises as a Lay Cistercian, and explain how that is related to my sense of being called to a contemplative life — even though, technically speaking, I live a "mixed" life since I aspire to contemplation without formally entering monastic life.Please take a m … [Read more...]


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