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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:...
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 08, 2018
Contemplation and Ecstatic Experience
A reader named Kevin wrote and asked me: What's your view on the phenomenon of...
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...
August 28, 2017
How to Practice Mindfulness without Narcissism
On Friday the Washington Post took a close look at the Mindfulness movement — and how...
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...
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 16, 2017
“Even the Depths of God” — A Brief Meditation
Here are two verses from the New Testament for your consideration. First: For the Spirit...
December 22, 2016
St. Teresa’s Advice for Dealing With People Who Cannot or Will Not Engage in Christian Contemplation
Some things never change. Here's a little quote from Teresa of Ávila's classic book about...
August 04, 2016
Remembering the Three Dimensions of Prayer at Every Mass
Do you know why Catholics make three small crosses with their thumb — on their...
February 03, 2016
“The Process of Being in Relationship with God”
Okay: to summarize... Spirituality: the process of being in relationship with God. Belief and Wonder:...
January 20, 2016
Is Contemplation Dangerous?
Is contemplation dangerous? Some people think so. This past weekend I read a book that...
December 27, 2015
Emptiness and Non-Attachment
Last week I wrote about the difference between how Catholics understand meditation and contemplation, based...
December 18, 2015
Catholic Meditation and Contemplative Prayer: What’s the Difference?
A reader of my blog wrote to me and asked this question: What do you...
September 11, 2015
Five Things Christian Contemplatives can learn from Buddhists
Last night I attended a Beginner's Meditation Class at the Dharma Jewel Monastery in Atlanta....
July 15, 2015
Mindfulness and Contemplation
Recently a reader left the following comment on this blog: I have been reading and...
February 20, 2015
Just a Minute
Several months ago I joined Planet Fitness. I won't bore you with my adventures learning how...
July 30, 2014
Lectio Divina Every Day
"Love for Jesus is fed by constant meditation on the Gospels." — Michael Casey, OCSO...
October 04, 2013
Chaos, Crisis, and the Pursuit of the Vision of God (Why Contemplation is Revolutionary)
In September and October 2013 I wrote a series of blog posts called "Why Contemplation...
March 05, 2010
This thought came to me yesterday. We Christians understand spirituality and mysticism in communal ways:...
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