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January 17, 2019
Understanding How Contemplation and Mysticism are Different (and Similar)
Sometimes people will ask me if "contemplation" and "mysticism" are synonyms. I admit: I often...
January 04, 2019
After the Silence, or, the Long Process of Forming a Contemplative Life
So you've been to a centering prayer workshop or two, and now you participate in...
January 01, 2019
Silence is Not a Vow (Not Even for Monks)
"There are times when good words are to be left unsaid out of esteem for...
December 28, 2018
The Privilege of Silence
Back in 2003, I spent a day at a relatively new monastery near Sligo, Ireland....
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...
October 06, 2018
Ten Bible Verses About Silence, Stillness and Solitude
This evening I've been asked to speak to a small house church in my neighborhood...
October 02, 2018
How To Know When to Speak (and When to Be Silent)
Recently I posted this on Facebook: In response, a reader made this comment: Carl, it...
August 17, 2018
Three Forthcoming Books On Silence You Won’t Want to Miss
Over the next six months at least three noteworthy books on one of my favorite...
May 18, 2018
We Need to Find the Silence Within — Even in the Midst of a “Joyful Noise”
Check out this insightful, evocative quotation from Barbara A. Holme's wonderful book Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices...
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...
April 25, 2018
A Conversation with Richard Rohr, OFM
Richard Rohr — author of numerous books on the contemplative dimension of spirituality, including Everything Belongs and The...
January 08, 2018
Contemplating the Trinity
The heart of Christian spirituality is the Mystery of the Holy Trinity. This is the...
November 30, 2017
What is the Relationship Between Silence and Social Justice?
Today’s post is by a guest contributor: writer, photographer, and filmmaker Cassidy Hall. ...your silences will...
November 14, 2017
If You Could Capture Contemplation on a DVD, It Might Be a Lot Like This…
One of my favorite movies is finally becoming available on blu-ray and DVD: In Pursuit...
October 26, 2017
Six Books on Christian Spirituality (and the Order in Which to Read Them)
It's always a little awkward to write about my own books. But today's post is...
October 02, 2017
“No Moment of Silence” — Why Boycotting Silence is A Mistake
We are all reeling from the horrific events in Las Vegas Sunday night. May God...
September 22, 2017
Seven “Ingredients” for Cultivating a Truly Mystical Life
Last night I gave a talk at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, here in...
July 26, 2017
The Politics of Silence
The other day, I posted this tweet: And a friend of mine posted this...
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 21, 2017
Mystery of the Missing Silence
To you, silence is praise, O God in Zion: and unto You shall the vow...
March 29, 2017
Is it possible to “fail” at contemplative prayer?
Anyone who has ever trained with weights knows that form is important. If you lift...
March 15, 2017
Why Silence Matters (Video)
Silence is the heart of the spiritual life, and especially of the Christian contemplative...
February 15, 2017
Seven Important Bible Verses About Silence
Catholics (and other Christians) can be a noisy bunch. I'm always a bit surprised when I...
January 12, 2017
Andrew Garfield and Stephen Colbert talk about Silence, Jesuits and Humility…
Are you as eager to see Martin Scorsese's film adaptation of Shusako Endo's Silence as I...
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...
November 23, 2016
Thoughts are to contemplative silence like a monstrance is to the Host
The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines contemplation like this: A form of wordless prayer...
September 21, 2016
The Flicker of the Screen
For if there is no dark night of the soul anymore that isn’t lit with...
March 04, 2016
In Pursuit of Silence: A Quiet Movie with Much to Say
"Silence is where we speak something deeper than our words..." "Silence returns us to what...
February 10, 2016
Books and a Film: All About Silence
I would love to attend the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin next month —...
December 30, 2015
What Are We Afraid Of?
I've been reading Bill Bryson's charming and delightful book on the English language, The Mother...
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