Preach it, Brother Stephen!

This was on Facebook the other day (thanks to Jack G. for posting it!). … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

God does not dwell in a heart that’s confined, and a heart is only as big as the love it holds: in the great heart of Poverty God has room to dwell. — Jacopone da Todi, quoted in An Anthology of Christian Mysticism edited by Harvey D. Egan. … [Read more...]

Economy of Love

Economy of Love: Creating a Community of Enough A Resource of Relational Tithe Video Sessions with Shane Claiborne Kansas City: The House Studio, 2010 Review by Carl McColman"America thrives on a simple message — that what we currently have is not enough. Not big enough, not nice enough, not fast or hip enough."This is the tag line on the back of the Economy of Love box, which contains a 120 page book (that can be easily read in a single sitting) and a DVD with five short video segments, f … [Read more...]

Interior and Exterior

A friend of mine was party to a conversation among several folks committed to the spiritual life. I wasn't there, so I have no idea who these folks are, except for my friend who told the tale. Apparently, the subject of silence came up. Everyone agreed that silence was essential to living a contemplative life. But then, something interesting happened. One person said, "I just don't turn on my television any more." Another chimed in, "That's right. My grandson gave me an MP3 player and I've never … [Read more...]

Means of Liberation and Internal Conversion

Yesterday at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit's lay associates gathering day, I attended a class in which we considered a document called Lay Cistercian Identity, drawn up at an international gathering of Cistercian lay associates in Spain two years ago. We particularly examined a list of "Cistercian values and practices" commended to laypersons as "a means of liberation and internal conversion." These values and practices include:Prayer and praiseConfidence and abandonment to … [Read more...]


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