Thank you, Patheos!

Good morning, my friends. First of all, my apologies for leaving this blog mostly untended over the past eight weeks. It's hard to believe it's been (as of tomorrow) two months said my dad passed away, but it's not so hard to acknowledge that my grief journey has been a bit deeper and more chaotic than I would have anticipated.The first month or so after dad's death, I poured most of my energy into the Winter Feast for the Soul series of recordings designed to encourage a daily contemplative … [Read more...]

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...]

After the Goose, a Rough Week, and Simplicity

Dear friends, my apologies for taking such a long time between posts. As you may know, I was at the Wild Goose East Festival June 21-24. Indeed, Jana Riess (author of the delightful book Flunking Sainthood) wrote a very kind piece on her blog about the talk I gave on Sunday morning at the Wild Goose Festival. You can read it by following this link: Five Gifts of Contemplative Prayer.One of the reasons I didn't write anything after returning to Georgia (aside from being rather exhausted for a … [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...]


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