Shine On You Immortal Diamond

Franciscan Friar Richard Rohr just keeps releasing wonderful books. Immortal Diamond: The Search For Our True Self picks up the language of Cistercian authors like Thomas Merton and M. Basil Pennington, who have written about the "true self" and the "false self" as ways of understanding the spirituality of being human. These terms point to a distinction between the "false" self-protective dynamics of the various egoic masks that people wear to simply function in the world (or to bolster feeling … [Read more...]

Two More Wonderful Videos: Tilden Edwards and Richard Rohr

The treasures from Shalem, in honor of its 40th anniversary, just keep coming! Last week I posted a wonderful video featuring Shalem's founder, Tilden Edwards, in conversation with a former Shalem director Carole Crumley and the Franciscan contemplative Richard Rohr. That video looked at how our  understanding of contemplation has changed over the past four decades. Here are two more videos, apparently from the same conversation. The first explores the question "What drew you to the … [Read more...]

How the Understanding of Christian Contemplation has Changed: Carole Crumley interviews Tilden Edwards and Richard Rohr

Here is a must-watch video — Carole Crumley of the Shalem Institute interviews two of the "elder statesmen" of the contemporary contemplative movement: Tilden Edwards (the founder of Shalem) and Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation. The video was produced as part of the Shalem's observance of its 40th anniversary, and the topic these three consider is how the understanding of Christian contemplation has changed over the past four decades. Enjoy... … [Read more...]

Advance praise for “Answering the Contemplative Call”

What do Brian D. McLaren, Carmen Acevedo Butcher, Ian Morgan Cron, Kyriacos Markides, Mirabai Starr, Phyllis Tickle, Richard Rohr, and Tilden Edwards (plus some others) have in common?They have all offered praise for my forthcoming book, Answering the Contemplative Call!I'm honored and humbled that these folks, all of whom are among my favorite writers, would be so kind as to read and respond to my book, the follow-up to my 2010 book The Big Book of Christian Mysticism.I've set up a … [Read more...]

The Nondual Writers of Footnote #45

A reader of this blog writes to me:Hi Carl.  I was reading Richard Rohr's The Naked Now and in one of the footnotes he lists a number of "non-dualistic" writers he thinks are worthwhile.  Some of the names I know, others I'm not familiar with.  For instance: Bede Griffiths, Bruno Barnhart, Laurence Freeman, Ruth Barrows, Bernadette Roberts, Eckhart Tolle, Jean-Yves Leloup, Sebastian Painadath, Hugo Enomiya-Lasalle, and Ken Wilbur (I've heard of him, just haven't read anything by him).  Who on t … [Read more...]

Falling Upward

Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life By Richard Rohr San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011Richard Rohr's newest book unpacks a simple, and yet profoundly important, idea: that the goals and purpose of the spiritual life evolve over the lifespan; in other words, what is important and necessary in the first half of life might actually impede our spiritual calling in the second half. While even a cursory knowledge of developmental psychology can make this idea seem like mere … [Read more...]

Images from the Wild Goose Festival

I'm home from the Wild Goose Festival. What an amazing experience it was!Hopefully I'll find the time sometime soon to write about the experience. But in the meantime, here are a few photos to give you a glimpse of the experience. The first two photos I took using my iPhone; the other two are courtesy of conference attendee Christine M. Anderson. … [Read more...]


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