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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 05, 2018
Contemplating the Sacred Word
A reader wrote this message to me recently: Carl, I just recently started centering prayer...
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...
February 17, 2016
Seven Blessings of Silent Prayer
Silent prayer — contemplative prayer, what the Catholic Catechism calls "wordless prayer in which mind...
December 27, 2015
Emptiness and Non-Attachment
Last week I wrote about the difference between how Catholics understand meditation and contemplation, based...
September 23, 2015
Nine Ways to Foster a Contemplative Church
If you are the pastor of a church or parish, this post is for you....
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 01, 2015
Principles for Contemplative Spirituality (Part One)
A couple of years ago Rob Bell wrote a book with the title What We...
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...
April 17, 2015
What To Do When Your Prayer Doesn’t Get ‘In The Zone’
A reader named Kevin wrote the following comment to me on Facebook, in response to...
March 28, 2015
You can do it, my friend: you can thrive with a daily practice of silent prayer
In my travels I hear a lot from people who get discouraged regarding silent prayer. Some...
December 04, 2014
Today is a wonderful day to be silent. If you have never taken time to...
February 03, 2014
Sometimes When I Sit in Silence…
Contemplative prayer — the prayer of sitting in silence, waiting in faith and trust on...
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