Inside the Shell

Mark Doty has written a wonderful poem called "A Green Crab's Shell." You can read it here. It's about finding a crab shell and wondering at the beautiful shock of "Giotto blue" found within it — the color of the sky, carried by the crab all life long and yet invisible to all (except God). It took the crab's death, probably at the beak of some hungry seagull, to reveal this lovely, hidden color. Doty goes on to muse about what kinds of treasures you and I carry, hidden within our skin, that only … [Read more...]

Contemplative Christianity at EnlightenNext

Thanks to Phil Foster for pointing this one out to me...EnlightenNext Magazine (formerly What is Enlightenment?) has a page on its website devoted to Contemplative Christianity, with interviews by folks like Thomas Keating, Anthony Bloom, M. Basil Pennington and others. There's no cost to read the interviews, and if you subscribe you'll also get access to the audio and video content.Here's the link: … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

The Christian religion is primarily about a transformation of consciousness. This takes spiritual practice and the cultivation of wisdom. In another time this was called cultivating the supernatural organism, what Paul called "a new creation." So the main thing is to be transformed into God, what the early church called deification, theosis, divinization. — Thomas Keating, OCSO, Spirituality, Contemplation & Transformation: Writings on Centering Prayer N.B.: This is a quotation from a l … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

In actual fact, contemplation is not the reward of a virtuous life; it is a necessity for a virtuous life. — Thomas Keating, Intimacy with God  … [Read more...]