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...]

Dreaming the Tiger

My family and I went to see Life of Pi last night. I have not (yet) read the book, but Gareth Higgins (who knows a lot more about movies than I do) says it's one of the best novel adaptations he's ever seen. I can only judge the movie on its own merits, and I'd say it's well worth seeing. If you're worried about spoilers, stop reading this now and go see the movie. … [Read more...]

Practical Discipline

There was a sense of freedom in knowing that I would never run out of room to grow. There was peace in knowing the race was over. Where I was right now was just where I should be, given the amount of effort I had expended. I saw the wake behind my boat for the first time, and I realized I was moving ahead, and pretty quickly, as a matter of fact. But the most important truth revealed to me in that moment was this: My real joy was found in my ability to learn to experience my growth, moment by … [Read more...]

The Spirit of George and Jack

This past weekend I led a retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit called "The Spirituality of George MacDonald and C. S. Lewis." Following Lewis's longstanding nickname, I affectionately referred to our topic as "The Spirit of George and Jack."Weekend retreats at the monastery typically include five conferences: one Friday evening, three on Saturday, and on one Sunday. Friday evening I gave a brief introduction to George MacDonald, generally regarded as the father of modern fantasy and … [Read more...]

Craving, Avarice, and Deadly Sin

Had an interesting exchange on Twitter over the weekend. It began with I made the following tweet:According to Dorothee Soelle, the Christian "deadly sin" of avarice equals the Buddhist concept of craving.Here is the quote from Dorothee Soelle which inspired my pithy little comment.Possessions are often regarded as a kind of life-threatening drug, impeding the power of judgment. 'Sloth and cowardice creep in with every dollar or guinea we have to guard.' Having contributes to rendering … [Read more...]


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