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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...
December 08, 2017
The Call to Move “Beyond” What is Safe and Familiar
Today's post is by guest contributor Mark S. Burrows, who is a poet and an...
November 09, 2017
What do Gene Kelly and St. Francis have in common?
Today's post is by a guest contributor: Jon M. Sweeney, author of numerous books including The Saint...
October 23, 2017
On Discerning the Meaning of Spiritual Experience
A reader of my blog writes: How do you know if a certain spiritual experience...
October 05, 2017
Why Experience Is Not the Foundation of (All) Spirituality
Why it's dangerous to say that experience should be the necessary foundation for spiritual growth.
September 07, 2017
What is the Relationship Between Contemplation and Privilege?
We live in a moment in history when, finally, our global human family seems to be starting...
August 23, 2017
What I learned from the Solar Eclipse
I don't remember much about the spring of 1970, when I was in the third...
August 08, 2017
Can We Measure the Scientific Benefits of Christian Contemplation?
A recent article on the UK-based website Christian Today (not to be confused with Christianity Today) poses the...
June 06, 2017
Sacred Rhythms: How Monastic Spirituality Can Nurture Your Walk with God
Would you like to learn more about the beautiful spirituality of Christian monks and nuns?
May 23, 2017
What Is the Relationship Between Christian Prayer and Meditation?
Christian spirituality is dedicated to growing in intimacy with God. Both the prayer of silence...
May 04, 2017
Compline — Prayer for the Closing of the Day
This video presents a service of Compline, sung live by the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, England, under...
March 20, 2017
Talking to Christine Valters Paintner about the Wisdom of the Body
My friend and colleague Christine Valters Paintner has recently released a book called The Wisdom of the...
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 20, 2017
Five Ideas that Shape Contemplative Prayer
I recently listened to the audiobook version of Chris Anderson's TED Talks: The Official TED Guide...
February 10, 2017
Seven Essential Books on the Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers
The headwaters of the Christian contemplative and mystical tradition — aside from the Bible, of...
February 02, 2017
A Candlemas Meditation
Today is the feast of the Presentation, traditionally known as Candlemas. It's a time when...
January 11, 2017
“Constantly Seek His Face”
Today’s Mass Readings (Hebrews 2:14–18, Psalm 105:1–9, and Mark 1:29–39) offer an interesting insight into the role...
January 04, 2017
How to Think About Angels
Here is a wonderful description of angels from the anonymous Syrian monk who is now...
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...
December 06, 2016
Why I Still Recommend Verbum Software for Catholics… and for all Contemplatives
Two years ago this week, I wrote a glowing review of a Bible Software program...
December 01, 2016
“You Wrote Books About Paganism?!?”
The late Kenneth Leech used to tell the story about giving a lecture at a...
July 22, 2016
St. Benedict and the Prosperity Gospel
This past Tuesday night my wife and I went with some 19,000 other folks to hear...
June 16, 2016
St. Athanasius on the Nature of Angels
The Life of St Antony of the Desert, written by the fourth century Bishop of...
February 29, 2016
John Cassian: The Leap Year Contemplative
February 29 is the feast day of St. John Cassian — who, in addition to...
January 22, 2016
Preliminary Practices for Christian Contemplatives
Tibetan Buddhists have a series of spiritual exercises that are seen as foundational to their spiritual...
January 01, 2016
Pentecost and Ecstasy
A reader of my blog named Paul emailed me the following question: I realize this...
November 28, 2015
Sanctity and Struggle, or, Why Saints Have Chaotic Inner Lives (Hint: It’s Because We All Do)
An editor at Patheos recently pointed me to the following trailer, and suggested I blog...
September 13, 2015
In Memoriam: Kenneth Leech
I have learned of the passing of Father Kenneth Leech, who died on Saturday after...
July 22, 2015
Mysticism and the Divine Feminine: An Interview with Mirabai Starr
One of my favorite contemporary authors is Mirabai Starr, who I first encountered through her...
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