How to be a Contemplative in a “Toxic” Community (Part Two)

This is a continuation of a post I began yesterday — click here to read part one.I'm responding to a reader who wanted some guidance about how to be a contemplative Christian while participating in a church that is "toxic" and "cold." Yesterday I addressed that particular question head on. Today I want to address a few additional questions that arise in response to this same issue. Here goes...What does it mean to be "active" in a church? Is Sunday morning worship attendance e … [Read more...]

How to be a Contemplative in a “Toxic” Community (Part One)

A reader wrote the following message to me recently: Hi Carl. I'm a contemplative in a Roman Catholic Community. It's rather toxic and cold. I don't go to dinners or other community building events. I go to Sunday Mass regularly. Does this fulfill my community efforts at not being a "Lone Ranger" and individualist mystic? Regular readers of this blog will understand where the writer of this message is coming from. In posts like Is it possible to be a “Do It Yourself” Christian Mystic? or Do Con … [Read more...]