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Carl McColman Jul 29, 2014
Today is the feast day of one of the lesser known of Cistercian blesseds (and medieval mystics), Beatrice of Nazareth, who lived ca. 1200-1268 CE.Born in or around 1200 CE, Beatrice of Nazareth was th...
A Contemplative Faith
Carl McColman Jul 16, 2014
“Prologue 9”? What does that mean, pray tell?It’s an allusion to the Rule of Saint Benedict, and — by a sort of happy coincidence — also to the Gospel of Saint John. Both the Rule and John are documen...
A Contemplative Faith
Carl McColman Jul 04, 2014
Recently I have read two wonderful books that offer a glimpse into the life of a Trappist monk and Trappistine nun. Both books are autobiographical, yet imbued with a deep and rich spirituality. Both ...
Carl McColman Jun 01, 2014
I've been re-reading Thomas Merton's The Waters of Siloe for a class I'm teaching at the monastery. It's basically Merton's history of the Cistercian order, but it's also full of his insights into Cis...
A Contemplative Faith
Carl McColman May 19, 2014
Today is my stepdaughter Rhiannon's 29th birthday. It's always a sweet day, but today is a bit sweeter than most, because just a few months ago we thought she wouldn't live to see it.As I've explained...
A Contemplative Faith
Carl McColman May 10, 2014
Beautiful God, Blessed Trinity, I thank you for the gift of this new day.O God, come to my assistance. O Lord, make haste to help me.I ask for the gift of grace today.All that I long for can only come...
A Contemplative Faith
Carl McColman Apr 16, 2014
Talk about a trip down memory lane.Richard Cole's Catholic By Choice: Why I Embraced the Faith, Joined the Church, and Embarked On the Adventure of a Lifetime (Loyola Press) recounts the story of how ...
A Contemplative Faith
Carl McColman Mar 31, 2014
Blessed are the peacemakers, and today I want to celebrate two such persons in particular.I could have called this blog post "A Tale of Two Walters," for both of these men share that same slightly ner...
Carl McColman Mar 21, 2014
It's been almost three years now since the release of Richard Rohr's Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. But in that short time, it seems that this book has already become somet...
A Contemplative Faith
Carl McColman Mar 14, 2014
In its very last paragraph, Norris J. Chumley describes Be Still and Know, his new book on contemplative silence (hesychia), as a "research study." And therein lies what is both wonderful and frustrat...
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