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Christine Valters Paintner
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Christine Valters Paintner, Ph.D., is a Benedictine Oblate and the online Abbess of Abbey of the Arts, a virtual monastery without walls offering online classes in contemplative practice and creative expression and pilgrimages to Ireland, Germany, and Austria. She is the author of eight books on monasticism and creativity including The Artist's Rule: Nurturing Your Creative Soul with Monastic Wisdom (Ave Maria Press) and her forthcoming book The Soul of a Pilgrim: Eight Practices for the Inner Journey (Spring 2015, Ave Maria Press). Christine lives as a monk in the world in Galway, Ireland with her husband of twenty years.

Works by Christine Valters Paintner
Practicing Resurrection: The Gift of Holy Surprise
Christine Valters Paintner | May 12, 2016
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Practicing Resurrection: The Journey Home
Christine Valters Paintner | May 08, 2016
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Practicing Resurrection: Love and Peace as Holy Direction
Christine Valters Paintner | May 01, 2016
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Practicing Resurrection: Love One Another
Christine Valters Paintner | April 24, 2016
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Practicing Resurrection: Wandering for the Love of God
Christine Valters Paintner | April 17, 2016
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Practicing Resurrection: Seeing a World of Abundance
Christine Valters Paintner | April 10, 2016
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Practice Resurrection: The Holy Call of Doubt
Christine Valters Paintner | April 03, 2016
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Practice Resurrection: The Call of Easter
Christine Valters Paintner | March 27, 2016
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Holy Saturday: The Space Between
Christine Valters Paintner | March 24, 2016
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A Different Kind of Fast: Part Seven - Embrace Mystery
Christine Valters Paintner | March 20, 2016
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A Different Kind of Fast: Part Six - Embrace Organic...
Christine Valters Paintner | March 13, 2016
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A Different Kind of Fast: Part Five - Embrace Attention
Christine Valters Paintner | March 06, 2016
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A Different Kind of Fast: Part Four - Embrace Slowness
Christine Valters Paintner | February 28, 2016
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A Different Kind of Fast: Part Three - Embrace Trust
Christine Valters Paintner | February 21, 2016
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A Different Kind of Fast: Part Two - Embrace Vulnerability
Christine Valters Paintner | February 14, 2016
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Valentine's Invitation: Become "Body-Words of Love"
Christine Valters Paintner | February 12, 2016
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Feast of St. Gobnait: Go Seek the Place of Your...
Christine Valters Paintner | February 11, 2016
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A Different Kind of Fast: A Seven-Part Series for Lent
Christine Valters Paintner | February 07, 2016
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The Feast of St. Brigid
Christine Valters Paintner | February 01, 2016
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Welcome to The Sacred Art of Living
Christine Valters Paintner | January 25, 2016
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Hildegard of Bingen and God's Greening Power
Christine Valters Paintner | September 12, 2015
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Hildegard of Bingen and God's Greening Power
Christine Valters Paintner | September 11, 2015
What if your fundamental commitment was to only offer your body and soul that which is......
The Practice of the Holy Pause
Christine Valters Paintner | June 17, 2015
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The Practice of the Holy Pause
Christine Valters Paintner | June 17, 2015
When we pause between activities or moments in our day, we open ourselves to the......
Pilgrimage of Resurrection: The Gift of Holy Surprise
Christine Valters Paintner | May 20, 2015
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Pilgrimage of Resurrection: The Gift of Holy Surprise
Christine Valters Paintner | May 20, 2015
If, when Pentecost arrives, you do not find yourself perplexed or amazed, consider......
Pilgrimage of Resurrection: The Journey Home
Christine Valters Paintner | May 13, 2015
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Pilgrimage of Resurrection: The Journey Home
Christine Valters Paintner | May 13, 2015
If entered into mindfully and with a whole heart, each encounter on the road has the......
Pilgrimage of Resurrection: Love as a Holy Direction
Christine Valters Paintner | May 07, 2015
In times when feeling disconnection and isolation is easier than ever, love calls us to......
Pilgrimage of Resurrection: Finding Fruitfulness in the...
Christine Valters Paintner | April 30, 2015
Resurrection calls us to experience the full weight and lightness of our physical being,......
Pilgrimage of Resurrection: Wandering for the Love of God
Christine Valters Paintner | April 24, 2015
What would it mean to wander and allow yourself to feel the vulnerability of being a bit......
Pilgrimage of Resurrection: Seeing the World Anew
Christine Valters Paintner | April 17, 2015
We walk by a thousand ordinary revelations every day in our busyness and preoccupation.......
Pilgrimage of Resurrection: The Holy Call of Doubt
Christine Valters Paintner | April 09, 2015
Sometimes resurrection feels very far away and we cry out for some sort of proof that......
Pilgrimage of Resurrection: A Creative Journey through...
Christine Valters Paintner | April 03, 2015
The call of Easter is this simple invitation: to step forth across the threshold, to......
Ash Wednesday and the Practice of Truth-Telling
Christine Valters Paintner | February 18, 2015
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Letting Go During Lent: Seeing Death as our Friend
Christine Valters Paintner | February 17, 2015
This season I am being invited to fast from things like "ego-grasping" and noticing when......
Follow the Star: Spiritual Practices for the New Year
Christine Valters Paintner | January 05, 2015
As you cross this threshold into the New Year, what star beckons you in the night? How......
Welcoming Your Multitude: The Monastic Way and Inner...
Christine Valters Paintner | October 22, 2014
We are each a multitude of differing energies and personalities. A lot of our inner......
The Soul's Migration: Where Will You Fly?
Christine Valters Paintner | September 23, 2014
As autumn tilts us toward the season of growing darkness, consider this an invitation to......
The Great Wisdom of Autumn
Christine Valters Paintner | September 09, 2014
The great wisdom of autumn is in the falling. It calls us to imagine entering into the......
The Great Unraveling Toward Love
Christine Valters Paintner | August 26, 2014
Many of us live in fear of the cultural breakdown happening right before our eyes, and......
Read an Excerpt: Seeing with Eyes of the Heart
Christine Valters Paintner | June 01, 2013
"Part of the spiritual journey is learning how to see, not with our physical eyes, but......
Easter: Practicing Resurrection of the Body
Christine Valters Paintner | March 28, 2013
What does it mean for us to not just say we believe in a resurrected life, but to truly......
Embracing Mystery in the New Year: Ten Essential Practices
Christine Valters Paintner | January 02, 2013
Imagine if your New Year's wasn't about fixing or improving, but about deepening and......
Radical Hospitality and Holy Disruption
Christine Valters Paintner | September 30, 2012
What if everything that turns our preconceived ideas inside out is precisely where we......
Silence as the Union of Opposites
Christine Valters Paintner | September 12, 2012
In the silence, I remember that my life is not wholly good or bad here. The discomfort......
Ancestral Pilgrimage: Journeying to Places of Family...
Christine Valters Paintner | August 16, 2012
Consider making a pilgrimage to walk in the footsteps of your own ancestors. Spend time......
Giving Up a Too-Small God
Christine Valters Paintner | May 01, 2012
How to let go of the God of whom you are certain and open yourself to the One who is......
Making Space for the Divine: The Gift of Silence
Christine Valters Paintner | March 27, 2012
Silence of the heart is a profound place of moving beyond ego, judgments, and dualistic......
Sacred Fasting
Christine Valters Paintner | March 12, 2012
Fasting can be about food - or it can be about giving up words or ideas that are no......
Sit in Your Cell: Desert Reflections for Lent
Christine Valters Paintner | February 28, 2012
How fasting from distraction this Lent can make you conscious of the ways you avoid......
Body-Words of Love
Christine Valters Paintner | February 13, 2012
This Valentine's write a love letter to your body, offering both gratitude and......
The Sacred Art of Living
Christine Valters Paintner | February 03, 2012
To be a spiritual person, you must show up to the inner silence and the inner noise......
Creating Space for Love this Lent
Christine Valters Paintner | January 18, 2012
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Holy Birthing: Practices for the 12 Days of Christmas
Christine Valters Paintner | December 20, 2011
How is God being born in you? Some steps for making Christmas a season of retreat....
Ancient Wisdom for Today's Storms
Christine Valters Paintner | October 23, 2011
Stay awake and conscious in the face of life's storms. Breathe deeply and observe your......
Autumn: The Season of Paradox
Christine Valters Paintner | September 21, 2011
In the season of Autumn, we move toward our own ripening and let go of what no longer......
Cinema Divina: The Tree of Life
Christine Valters Paintner | September 06, 2011
What is the meaning behind the great losses of our daily lives? Where do they fit within......
Establishing a Creative, Contemplative Practice: A Book...
Christine Valters Paintner | August 15, 2011
Read the first chapter of "The Artist's Rule" and begin your creative journey....
Contemplation and Creativity: An Interview with Christine...
Christine Valters Paintner | August 14, 2011
Whether or not we live in a monastery or spend each day in an art studio, we can all......
The Holy Pause: Spiritual Practices for a Time-Obsessed...
Christine Valters Paintner | July 26, 2011
We don't need more hours in the day. We need to shift our relationship to those hours....
Savoring Summer's Sweet Slowness
Christine Valters Paintner | July 11, 2011
Summer's sweetness is "an invitation to respond," says poet Lynn Ungar. How are you......
The Call to Holy Surprise: Reflections on Pentecost
Christine Valters Paintner | June 07, 2011
The story of Pentecost asks us a question: How do I let my expectations and cynicism......
The Spiritual Practice of Being Uncomfortable
Christine Valters Paintner | May 24, 2011
So much of what passes for spirituality these days is about making us happy and having......
A Canine Horarium: Praying the Hours with My Dog
Christine Valters Paintner | May 10, 2011
In monastic tradition, praying the Hours is a fundamental part of moving through the day......
Holy Saturday: The Space Between
Christine Valters Paintner | April 18, 2011
Much of our lives rest in the space between loss and hope. Our lives are full of Holy......
Mid-Way through Lent: Beginning Again
Christine Valters Paintner | April 05, 2011
No matter how far I stray from my practice, there is always an invitation to begin......
Entering the Season of Blossoming
Christine Valters Paintner | March 15, 2011
"I believe the seasons have a great deal of spiritual wisdom to offer us if we make......
Dancing with Scripture
Christine Valters Paintner | March 11, 2011
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Ash Wednesday: Practice Truth-Telling
Christine Valters Paintner | March 01, 2011
This Lent, my practice will be truth-telling. I will inhabit my places of grief, the......
Stirring in the Belly: Listening for New Life
Christine Valters Paintner | January 26, 2011
The holidays of Candlemas and Imbolc are traditionally a time to look forward. What does......
Advent Practices: Considering Our Earthiness
Christine Valters Paintner | December 17, 2010
Let our preparation for Christmas be one of wonder and delight in the ways we can foster......
Advent Practices: Water's Wisdom
Christine Valters Paintner | December 08, 2010
We are called in this season to tend to the places in our own lives where we need to......
Advent Practices: Following the Fire
Christine Valters Paintner | December 01, 2010
Creation is crying out for us to release our worship of consumption and return the fire......
Advent Practices: Tending to Creation
Christine Valters Paintner | November 23, 2010
In this first week of Advent, how are you being called to awaken to a deeper sense of......
Does God Really Talk to Us?
Christine Valters Paintner | November 15, 2010
I don't ask if God is speaking. I ask if there can be any place void of God's sacred......
The Invitations of Autumn: Spiritual Practices for the...
Christine Valters Paintner | September 16, 2010
Change is always with us, but autumn brings us to a deeper awareness that we live in a......
Sacred Artist Interview: Matthew Whitney
Christine Valters Paintner | March 29, 2010
If we are made "in the image of God," then creating images ourselves can help us see......
The Exquisite Tenderness of Bodies
Christine Valters Paintner | January 06, 2010
We are invited to embrace the beauty of our entire human reality, the dying and the......
New Year, New Beginnings
Christine Valters Paintner | December 21, 2009
More people are taking the celebration of New Year's as a time for reflection on what......
Uncovering What Has Been Hidden
Christine Valters Paintner | November 30, 2009
We are invited to awaken to the sacred possibilities being birthed deep within us to......
Beauty and Spirituality
Christine Valters Paintner | October 22, 2009
When we see a beautiful work of art or a radiant sunset we are confronted with the......
Mandalas (Part 2)
Christine Valters Paintner | September 22, 2009
The ancient Christian mystics often used mandalas to describe their encounters with......
Mandalas
Christine Valters Paintner | July 28, 2009
Mandalas, or sacred circles, offer us a template for the interior journey to the heart......
Art and Spirit in the Church
Christine Valters Paintner | July 10, 2009
This week in our on-going series on the connection between art and spirituality,......
Pray with Music: Audio Divina
Christine Valters Paintner | January 01, 2000
For many of us, music is often a transcendent experience, lifting us above the worries......
Opening the Heart for Lent
Christine Valters Paintner | January 01, 2000
On Ash Wednesday we always hear the words of the prophet Joel: "Return to me with your......
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