When a Jesuit talked to a Franciscan (Video)

Check out this video, where two of my favorite living Catholic authors — Fr. James Martin, SJ and Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM — have a chat together at a religious education congress a couple of years ago.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_H8C3ldzM8James Martin is a Jesuit and is an editor at large of America magazine; Richard Rohr is a Franciscan and the director of the Center for Action and Contemplation. Both are widely admired, not only within the Catholic Church, but also beyond it. … [Read more...]

Richard Rohr on the Spirituality of Unknowing (Video)

Here's a treat for all you Richard Rohr fans (and if you're not a Rohr fan, perhaps this is a good introduction to him and his ideas).https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnTC4NNIACkThis video was recorded at the Science and Nonduality Conference — which is a secular/interfaith gathering of folks exploring (in the words of their website) "a new relationship to spirituality, free from religious dogma, based on timeless wisdom traditions, informed by cutting-edge science, and grounded in direct … [Read more...]

Books for Beginning the Spiritual Journey

Here is a list of several books I recommend for spiritual seekers — especially those who are working with a spiritual director or companion.When I recently posted a list of books for spiritual directors, I suppose it only made sense that someone would send along this request:https://twitter.com/professorasher/status/765294144998834180Thank you, Seth. I'm assuming that this list of books for directees would be aimed at persons who are relatively new to intentional contemplative s … [Read more...]

Deeper into the Heart of Christ

Over the past year I have become interested in the topic of "Christian leadership." People who are in a leadership position in the Christian community — whether clergy, consecrated religious, or lay leaders — who are they? What makes them leaders? Where do Christian leaders take the rest of us? How do we identify a "good" leader? That sort of thing.It's an interesting question, because the mark of a "good leader" in a religious sense is in many ways at odds with how leadership is understood i … [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...]