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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 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...
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 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 27, 2018
Farewell to Two Contemplative Authors
This week was a rough one for the Christian contemplative community. We lost two major...
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 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...
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...
August 14, 2018
Four Keys to a Contemplative Life (Courtesy of Psalm 37)
For years now I have loved Psalm 37, for it includes one of my favorite...
August 02, 2018
What To Do When Mystics Feel Like Misfits
In response to my recent article Why Are Mystics So... Weird?!?, one reader posted this comment
July 25, 2018
The Self, Self-Esteem, and Dying to Self: Contemplative Spirituality and the Ego
A reader of this blog named John wrote to me a while back and asked...
July 23, 2018
Give Love, Receive the Kingdom: A New Treat for Lovers of English Spirituality
If you love the spirituality of the English people, a new treat awaits you, courtesy...
July 19, 2018
Saying Yes to “Prayer Without Ceasing”
In 1 Thessalonians 5:17, Saint Paul throws down the spiritual gauntlet. He instructs his readers...
June 28, 2018
Why Finding God In All Things Leads to Fullness of Joy
One of the my favorite Christian writers is a woman who lived in fourteenth century...
June 25, 2018
Prayer of the Heart is the Heart of Prayer
Scripture very bluntly tells us that all have sinned and fallen short of the glory...
June 22, 2018
Anam Ċara in Verse: How Poetry Is a Soul Friend
N.B. Today's guest post is by Judith Valente, poet, Benedictine oblate, and author of How to...
June 01, 2018
Discover the Stories of the Sufis — Wisdom for Today
Today's guest post is by Neil Douglas-Klotz, author of The Little Book of Sufi Stories. What’s...
May 26, 2018
Learning to Love the “Habit” of Spirituality
We human beings are creatures of habit. We brush our teeth in the same direction,...
May 02, 2018
What’s the difference between Ignatian Spirituality and Centering Prayer?
What is the difference between centering prayer and Ignatian spirituality? To answer this question, let's...
March 23, 2018
On the Contemplative Role of the Ear… and the Tongue (Lectio Divina Diligens for Palm Sunday)
Here is the final installment of my Lenten series on Lectio Divina I'm calling Lectio Divina...
March 20, 2018
What to Do When Prayer Gets Dull
A reader writes: Hi Carl, hope you're well. Just wanted to pick your brain again!...
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...
March 06, 2018
Periodicals That Contemplatives Will Enjoy
Yesterday I received this message: Hi, Mr. McColman, Quick question. Are there any periodicals, journals,...
March 02, 2018
Love Matters More Than Logic or Experience (Lectio Divina Diligens for the Third Sunday of Lent)
We continue our journey through Lent with a new approach to Lectio Divina that I...
February 01, 2018
The Ethics of Sharing Mystical Knowledge: Meister Eckhart and the Cloud Author
Pick up any edition of The Cloud of Unknowing, and you are likely to find...
December 26, 2017
“What is it about paganism that scares Christians?”
Several months ago, in response to a reader's question, I posted an article to this...
December 19, 2017
Into Safe Hands: A Meditation On Dying for Advent and Christmas (by Ronald Rolheiser)
Note: Today's post, by guest contributor Fr. Ronald Rolheiser, is an excerpt from his new...
December 15, 2017
Seven Lessons on Prayer I learned from Julian of Norwich
The great medieval mystic Julian of Norwich is renowned for her theological optimism ("All shall...
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