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February 17, 2019
Great Mystical Book Covers
The other day I wrote a post about a dream I had back in the...
February 14, 2019
How to Find God in Your Dreams
One night in a dream I found myself near the Ballston Metro station in Arlington,...
February 11, 2019
The Easy Way to Pray the Liturgy of the Hours
I believe that anyone who is serious about embracing the Christian contemplative path needs some form...
February 08, 2019
Inter-Religious Spirituality and the Contemplative Renaissance: How Our Friends From Other Faiths Helped Christians Rediscover Our Spiritual Heart
Christianity has a long history of contemplative practice. But many scholars and spiritual teachers within...
February 05, 2019
Contemplation, Atheism, and Amputees
N.B. I wrote the first draft of this post about a year ago, at a...
February 02, 2019
On the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas) — Let’s Practice “Presenting” Christ to One Another
Today is the feast of the presentation. It’s also traditionally known as Candlemas; it was...
January 31, 2019
Religious Violence, Hate Crimes, and Contemplation
About ten miles or so from Thomas Merton Square in Louisville, KY — the street...
January 30, 2019
A Contemplative Perspective on Tithing (At Church… and Beyond)
A friend on Facebook named Stephanie posed this question to me: Hello Carl, I am...
January 26, 2019
Navigating through the Bible’s Shadow
One of this blog's patrons named Aaron asked, in response to my post Nonduality...
January 21, 2019
Seven Contemplative New Year’s Resolutions (That Are Worth Adopting Any Time of the Year)
I know, I know — a blog post about new years' resolutions several weeks after...
January 17, 2019
Understanding How Contemplation and Mysticism are Different (and Similar)
Sometimes people will ask me if "contemplation" and "mysticism" are synonyms. I admit: I often...
January 14, 2019
Twelve Contemplative Books for Spiritual Transformation
A reader named Andrew wrote to me and asked this question: What do you think...
January 11, 2019
“I feel called to a life of solitude. What should I do?”
A reader named Thomas wrote to me: Dear Sir; Blessings. Where can a person go...
January 07, 2019
The Contemplative Life in Three Easy Steps
Origen of Alexandria came up with the idea first. Unless you're a Christian history geek,...
January 04, 2019
After the Silence, or, the Long Process of Forming a Contemplative Life
So you've been to a centering prayer workshop or two, and now you participate in...
January 01, 2019
Silence is Not a Vow (Not Even for Monks)
"There are times when good words are to be left unsaid out of esteem for...
December 28, 2018
The Privilege of Silence
Back in 2003, I spent a day at a relatively new monastery near Sligo, Ireland....
December 26, 2018
Silence and Words are Like Yin and Yang: a Contemplative Spirituality Needs Both
How does language help us — or hinder us — as we try to express...
December 20, 2018
Planting the Seed and Watching it Grow
I grew up in the suburbs, and gardening was not something my family devoted much...
December 18, 2018
Is Contemplation Boring?
"This article is boring." I don't know of any writer who wants to get this...
December 14, 2018
Mysticism, Contemplation, and Celtic Spirituality: A Guide to Books by Yours Truly
Every now and then I get an email or an in-person comment from someone who...
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,...
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