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December 11, 2018
Walking in Wonder: This Book of Conversations with John O’Donohue is Everything You Hope It Would Be
"So the spiritual life is about the liberation of God from our images of him,"...
December 07, 2018
Christianity is a Myth — and I say that as a faithful Catholic
I lost a follower on Facebook today. I'm sure it happens all the time, but...
December 04, 2018
Are Art and Mysticism Two Sides of the Same Coin?
I've been thinking about the relationship between contemplation and creativity. This is inspired in part...
November 29, 2018
An Ocean of Light — Martin Laird’s Must-Read New Book on Contemplation
Rejoice, my friends. The author who is arguably our most eloquent and learned living authority...
November 27, 2018
Seven Contemplative Artists/Creators Who Deserve Your Support via Patreon
Like many bloggers and other creatives, I rely on Patreon to fund my blog. Patreon...
November 26, 2018
Three Wonderful Julian of Norwich Books
I'm not sure why the fall of 2013 belonged to Julian of Norwich (except to...
November 21, 2018
Devotional Reading for the Three Celtic Lents
Previously I have written about how, in ancient times, Celtic monks observed three "Lents" —...
November 15, 2018
If Mystical Christianity is Shamanistic, then the Divine Office is the Drum
For years, I have thought that one of the best ways to understand Christian spirituality...
November 13, 2018
God is Love — and Love is a Story
If the 1959 plane crash which claimed the lives of Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper,...
November 05, 2018
Day of a Stranger: Forthcoming Movie Reveals a Hidden Side of Thomas Merton
Here's a trailer for a forthcoming short film about Thomas Merton and the hermitage he...
November 01, 2018
Dialogue with a Druid (About the Relationship Between the Mystical Life and Faith Community)
On Facebook recently I engaged in a dialogue with a reader named Aaron who commented...
October 28, 2018
An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom: Mystery, Spirit, and Compassion
November 1, 2018 marks the publication date of my new book on Celtic spirituality, An...
October 27, 2018
Farewell to Two Contemplative Authors
This week was a rough one for the Christian contemplative community. We lost two major...
October 24, 2018
A Litany for Julian of Norwich
Here is a litany created from the words of Julian of Norwich, 14th Century English...
October 20, 2018
The Heart Symphony: Another Perspective on a Contemplative Prayer Word
In response to my post Can Christians Use a (Non-Christian) Mantra?, a reader posted this comment...
October 18, 2018
Letting Go Of (Our Limited Image of) God
“God loves us whether we remain Christian or not." That's a statement I made in...
October 12, 2018
Remaining at the Cross: On Being a Contemplative Christian in a Church That Has Forgotten Its Mystical Heritage
This is turning out to be "James Ishmael Ford" week at my blog. Earlier this...
October 10, 2018
Want to Learn About Zen? Here’s a Book to Get You Started
Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning the Language of Dragons is the latest book by James Ishmael...
October 06, 2018
Ten Bible Verses About Silence, Stillness and Solitude
This evening I've been asked to speak to a small house church in my neighborhood...
October 04, 2018
Can Christians Use a (Non-Christian) Mantra?
A reader, who identifies as a contemplative/mystical Christian, posted this question to me on Facebook:...
October 02, 2018
How To Know When to Speak (and When to Be Silent)
Recently I posted this on Facebook: In response, a reader made this comment: Carl, it...
September 29, 2018
Two Questions on the Practice of Silent Prayer
A reader of this blog wrote to me about the practice of silent prayer. He...
September 25, 2018
Is Mystical Experience the Antidote to Nihilism?
In response to my previous post from last October, Why Experience Is Not the Foundation of...
September 12, 2018
C. S. Lewis in the Digital Age: An Amazing Collection of Books from Verbum
Did you know that one of the most popular authors in Catholic bookstores is a...
September 11, 2018
God In The Balance: More Thoughts About Mary and Martha
Today's post is by a guest author, Dr. David Rensberger, author of Johannine Faith and Liberating...
September 08, 2018
Contemplation and Ecstatic Experience
A reader named Kevin wrote and asked me: What's your view on the phenomenon of...
September 05, 2018
Contemplating the Sacred Word
A reader wrote this message to me recently: Carl, I just recently started centering prayer...
August 30, 2018
Get Started On Your Journey Into Celtic Wisdom
This fall my new book, An Invitation to Celtic Wisdom, will be published. You can pre-order...
August 27, 2018
Between Shambhala and the Catholic Church: On Being a Contemplative in Imperfect Institutions
I sure know how to pick them (he says, ruefully). The two organizations that I...
August 24, 2018
Getting to Know A Dangerous Mystic
Meister Eckhart is one of the most renowned of Christian mystics: a medieval philosopher who...
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