Everyone I Know is in Pain: This Means You…

One of the occupational hazards of ministry is the increased exposure to other people’s pain. Not that ministry is any more painful than any other profession, but like an x-ray tech is exposed to more radiation than normal, ministry exposes one to a lot of pain. If I’ve learned anything in the past 23 years of [Read More...]

Contemplative Prayer: The Path to Wisdom

I’ve been contemplating this simple quote from Richard Rohr: “I think some experience of God is necessary for mental and emotional health. You basically don’t belong in the universe until you are connected to the center and the whole, and a word for that is “God.” When you live in the false self you are [Read More...]

Contemplation is a Threat to the Secular Worldview, and to Most Assumptions About Prayer

Here’s a little Richard Rohr for your Sunday Morning: “Contemplation,” or meditation as it is called by some, became more popular in contemporary times through the writings of Thomas Merton. The word most Christians were more familiar with was simply “prayer.” Unfortunately, in the West prayer became something functional; something you did to achieve a [Read More...]

Embracing the Power of Contemplation

Over the past few years I’ve found Richard Rohr to be such a helpful guide in my quest to grow up and actually be a follower of Jesus. As a Protestant, it’s been important for me to find people from the Catholic faith to teach me the things that God has preserved for his people [Read More...]

When the Wild Beasts Show Up

Richard Rohr once wrote, “In silence all of our usual patterns assault us… that is why most people give up rather quickly. When Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, the first thing that showed up was the wild beasts.” I know just what he means. When I’m on retreat at the abbey, [Read More...]


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