A Prayer for the Morning

Beautiful God, Blessed Trinity, I thank you for the gift of this new day. O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me. I ask for the gift of grace today. All that I long for can only come from you. I ask for the gift of peace today. Lead me to the silence deep beneath my inner turbulence. I ask for the gift of light today. May your resplendence shine on me, without and within, and on all people. I ask for the gift of true repentance today. Change my mind and give me the … [Read more...]

Keeping Spirituality Grounded

One of the pitfalls of contemplative practice is that we can easily get stuck in our heads. Combing through the Bible or other books for lectio divina, investing time to daily prayer and meditation, and nurturing our faith through study or devotional reading — these are all fine pursuits, but, especially when combined with the kind of white collar work so common in western society, they can result in a spirituality that is abstract, overly mental, and divorced from the messy realities of li … [Read more...]

The Fullness of Our Destiny

Pollard

I picked up a copy of an old book called The Laughter of God: At Ease With Prayer by Trappistine nun Miriam Pollard from the used book tent at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit's Fall Festival earlier this month. It's an insightful book which seeks to foster a sense of prayer as a means of entering into intimacy with God — the God who laughs and loves, a healthy corrective to the frightening God of judgment and wrath that so often seems to be the stock in trade of old-style religion. Here is a sn … [Read more...]

Spirituality, With or Without Religion

"I'm spiritual, but I'm not religious."It's become such a common way of self-describing spiritual identity that observers have attacked it ("Spiritual But Not Religious"? Please Stop Boring Me), have defended it (God in the Gray Areas), have tried to reduce it to an acronym ("SBNR") or even come up with cutesy abbreviations (Nones, since such persons when asked what their religious affiliation is will say "None"). This segment of our society is very diverse, covering people who may prefer to … [Read more...]

Circle the World in Prayer… with Shalem

My journey into contemplative practice began at Shalem.Before I discovered the Shalem Institute in the spring of 1984, mysticism and contemplation were pretty much just topics I liked to read about. That's not to say these topics weren't meaningful to me, or that they did not give me a sort of intellectual spirituality that accompanied me during my college years. I'm an introvert and it's my style to read about something before I'll actually take the risk to go and meet someone who's doing … [Read more...]

Two Saturday events: in Atlanta and Richmond

If you live in or near Atlanta, GA or Richmond, VA, I hope you'll come to one of these upcoming Saturday workshops! And even if you can't make it, please tell your friends. And for more information about these or other events featuring Carl McColman, visit Carl's Events Page.In Atlanta, GA:Beholding the Presence of God Every Day: Crafting a Personal Rule of LifeSaturday, August 24, 20138:30 am - 3:00 pmHosted by St. Bede's Episcopal Church, 2601 Henderson Mill Road NE, Atlanta GA … [Read more...]

Answering the Contemplative Call ebooks now available

I'm happy to announce that three different ebook versions of Answering the Contemplative Call are now available. Pick your preferred version:Kindle VersionNook VersioniBooks VersionAnd of course, if you'd rather have the old fashioned paper-&-ink version:Buy it at AmazonBut it at Barnes & NobleBut it at an Independent Bookstore (Online or Near You)Hope you enjoy the book. … [Read more...]


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