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February 14, 2019
How to Find God in Your Dreams
One night in a dream I found myself near the Ballston Metro station in Arlington,...
January 30, 2019
A Contemplative Perspective on Tithing (At Church… and Beyond)
A friend on Facebook named Stephanie posed this question to me: Hello Carl, I am...
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...
December 20, 2018
Planting the Seed and Watching it Grow
I grew up in the suburbs, and gardening was not something my family devoted much...
August 02, 2018
What To Do When Mystics Feel Like Misfits
In response to my recent article Why Are Mystics So... Weird?!?, one reader posted this comment
July 25, 2018
The Self, Self-Esteem, and Dying to Self: Contemplative Spirituality and the Ego
A reader of this blog named John wrote to me a while back and asked...
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...
July 11, 2018
What’s in a (Sacred) Story? Meditating on the Mysteries of Your Faith
To be a mystic is to be the explorer of both Divine and human mysteries...
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,...
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...
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!...
March 06, 2018
Periodicals That Contemplatives Will Enjoy
Yesterday I received this message: Hi, Mr. McColman, Quick question. Are there any periodicals, journals,...
January 11, 2018
Everyone is Called to Union with God
About ten years ago I had a conversation with an elderly Trappist monk about the book...
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...
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...
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?
April 14, 2017
Richard Rohr on the Spirituality of Unknowing (Video)
Here's a treat for all you Richard Rohr fans (and if you're not a Rohr...
April 10, 2017
Is it possible to be a “Do It Yourself” Christian Mystic? Evelyn Underhill would say “No” — and I agree with her
Nearly all Christian mystics maintain that an essential characteristic of Christian mysticism is participation in the Body...
April 07, 2017
Compass Points for the Spiritual Life (Video)
How do we orient ourselves in the life of the Spirit? What landmarks, or directions,...
January 06, 2017
Encountering Jesus through Questions in the Gospels
Saint Teresa of Ávila, one of the greatest of Christian mystics, understood clearly that the...
October 03, 2016
Instructions on Prayer from a Trappist Monk
"I'm speechless," remarked Brother Elias Marechal, OCSO, after a congregation of several hundred young evangelicals vigorously applauded...
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...
May 17, 2016
“We have been given the Holy Spirit”
Jesus returned to Nazareth, the town where he had been brought up. And on the...
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...
October 21, 2015
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Okay, I know this is a "big fish in a small pond" moment. Indeed, it's...
September 17, 2015
Happy St. Hildegard’s Day!
One of the most colorful and remarkable of mystics, of any age, is the irrepressible...
September 16, 2015
Thirteen Characteristics of Healthy Spirituality
Following the passing of Anglican contemplative theologian Kenneth Leech, I've been revisiting several of his...
September 09, 2015
The Fear of the Lord and the Love of God
As a young man growing up in the American south, I heard the phrase "God...
June 12, 2015
What Has Not Yet Been Revealed
One of my favorite verses in the Bible is I John 3:2. Here is a lectio divina meditation...
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