On the Pilgrim’s Journey: A Q&A with Christine Valters Paintner


“Pilgrim:  Someone who makes an intentional journey courting holy disruption.” – Christine Valters Paintner One of my very favorite writers on the spiritual life is Christine Valters Paintner, an author, Benedictine Oblate, and Abbess of the online retreat center Abbey of the Arts. When one of her emails graces my inbox, I notice my pulse slowing, and I [Read More...]

Journey Through Lent: When “I Must Try Harder” Gets in the Way of Love

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by Matt Bays This is God’s season…Lent…Easter. It’s the time of year when some of us religious folk smear ashes on our foreheads on Wednesday, get regular about eating fish on Friday, give up smoking, coffee, or TV for six weeks, and partake of the wine and bread that represents the one who threw himself [Read More...]

Michael Yankoski: Three Ways to Embrace The Sacred This Year


by Michael Yankoski Earth’s crammed with heaven And every common bush afire with God; But only those who see, take off their shoes. -Elizabeth Barrett Browning Being oblivious to the Sacred is endemic these days. Amidst our drive by, fly by, shop-till-you-drop frenzy of a world, most of us have conditioned our capacity for attentiveness, [Read More...]