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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 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 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 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...
August 05, 2018
Discerning the Difference Between Healthy Self-Esteem and Toxic Selfishness
In response to my article The Self, Self-Esteem, and Dying to Self, one reader posted...
March 15, 2018
God’s Guidance, Engraved on Our Hearts (Lectio Divina Diligens for the Fifth Sunday of Lent)
Our Lenten journey continues with a twist on Lectio Divina I'm calling Lectio Divina Diligens. Click...
February 26, 2018
What is Christian hospitality? What does it mean to receive guests, strangers, travelers, pilgrims, refugees,...
February 05, 2018
Will You Join Me for A Prayerful “Experiment” this Lent?
We're just over a week away from Ash Wednesday! Which means it is time to...
May 07, 2017
Following the Good Shepherd
The sheep obey Jesus not because they’re stupid, not because they’ve been trained the right...
April 07, 2017
Compass Points for the Spiritual Life (Video)
How do we orient ourselves in the life of the Spirit? What landmarks, or directions,...
March 13, 2017
How to Cultivate Your “Contemplative Ecosystem”
Recently I had a wonderful conversation with Kevin Johnson, who contributes to the Inner Room blog...
March 01, 2017
Three Essential Elements of Christian Conversion
What is Christian conversion? In other words, what does it mean to truly respond to...
February 22, 2017
One Step Christians Must Take To Receive the Gift of Illumination
In his wonderful book about the present and future of Christian mysticism, "Arise, My Love...", author...
February 08, 2017
Seven Tips for Returning to Church (After Being Away for Awhile)
Have you been away from parish life for a while, but now feel like returning?...
January 06, 2017
Encountering Jesus through Questions in the Gospels
Saint Teresa of Ávila, one of the greatest of Christian mystics, understood clearly that the...
January 02, 2017
Seven Ideas for a Contemplative New Year’s Resolution
Happy new year! 'Tis the season for making a resolution for a positive change in...
September 21, 2016
The Flicker of the Screen
For if there is no dark night of the soul anymore that isn’t lit with...
August 24, 2016
Know Who You Are: When God Gazes At You, Who Does God See?
In Delphi, in ancient Greece, at a famous pagan temple these words were carved above...
August 16, 2016
Books for Beginning the Spiritual Journey
Here is a list of several books I recommend for spiritual seekers — especially those...
August 10, 2016
The Mystical Body
How do we embody the contemplative life? And how does the contemplative life make a...
August 03, 2016
What is the relationship between holiness and joy? A reader named Gordon writes, in response...
July 20, 2016
Recommended Reading for Spiritual Accompaniment
Spiritual direction, also known as spiritual accompaniment, is an essential ministry for anyone seeking to embrace...
July 14, 2016
The Place of Joy in Christian Spirituality
What is the relationship between prayer and joy? If we enjoy our prayer, does that...
June 15, 2016
Contemplation and Peace
A Facebook friend shared with me that she has been "thinking about contemplative prayer as a...
May 25, 2016
Mystagogy: the Heart of Spiritual Formation
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults — the Catholic process by which adults enter...
May 17, 2016
“We have been given the Holy Spirit”
Jesus returned to Nazareth, the town where he had been brought up. And on the...
March 16, 2016
Do Contemplatives Need the Church?
A post on this blog received the following comment yesterday: Having been with the Catholic...
March 09, 2016
Three Approaches to Prayer When the Dry Times Come
A friend of mine posed the following question recently on Facebook: You may have written...
March 02, 2016
Is There a “Contemplative” Personality Type?
I once heard Richard Rohr tell a charming story of giving a retreat at the...
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