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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...
October 20, 2018
The Heart Symphony: Another Perspective on a Contemplative Prayer Word
In response to my post Can Christians Use a (Non-Christian) Mantra?, a reader posted this comment...
September 08, 2018
Contemplation and Ecstatic Experience
A reader named Kevin wrote and asked me: What's your view on the phenomenon of...
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 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...
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 16, 2018
Just What is Contemplation, Anyway? And Why Should I Care?
A Jesuit priest, a Trappist monk, and a Tibetan buddhist walked into a bar. (No,...
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!...
January 29, 2018
Praying with Evelyn Underhill — and the Celtic Saints
Believe it or not, Lent is just over two weeks away. Which means it is...
January 18, 2018
How to Pray Every Day — Without Confusing Prayer with God
In response to my recent post about Contemplative Prayer and the Holy Trinity, a reader...
December 28, 2017
Holding Spiritual Experience Gently
The other day I received this message from a reader who contacted me via Facebook......
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...
September 10, 2017
Waiting for the Storm
“There’s a storm coming, and it’s not a storm of our making.” — Neil Gaiman,...
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...
March 06, 2017
A Prayer for Observing a Holy Lent
Let us pray... God, we ask for your blessing during this Holy Season of Lent....
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
February 24, 2016
Five Essential Dimensions of Christian Prayer
I talk a lot about silent prayer in this blog, which is understandable considering that...
January 28, 2016
The 2016 Presidential Candidate Prayer Challenge: Are You In?
As a blogger, I tend to avoid politics like it's radioactive. Not because I don't have...
January 06, 2016
Seven Reasons to Pray the Divine Office
Everyone knows that monks devote their lives to silence, but also to daily prayer and...
July 22, 2015
What to Say to the Nay-Sayers: Talking About Contemplation With Its Critics
If you are active in a church or other faith community, and you are drawn...
July 15, 2015
Mindfulness and Contemplation
Recently a reader left the following comment on this blog: I have been reading and...
July 06, 2015
Do You Need a Spiritual Teacher?
A reader of my blog wrote the following message to me: I have been meditating...
June 10, 2015
The Rule, the Discipline, and Spiritual Growth
I bet if I took a poll, almost everyone who reads my blog would agree...
May 15, 2015
The Intelligent Person’s Guide to Prayer
Like so many folks in the blogosphere, I was fascinated by the story of Leah...
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