Lectio Divina Every Day

“Love for Jesus is fed by constant meditation on the Gospels.” — Michael Casey, OCSO A prominent pastor who hosts an Internet podcast once interviewed me for his show, and at the close of our…

Interfaith-Friendly Christianity?

Jesus, following the law of his people, instructed his followers to “love your neighbor as yourself.” But then he upped the ante by telling the story of the good Samaritan — in his society, the Samaritans…

A Word of Welcome

Author’s Note: The following post was created as a “Welcome” page for an earlier version of this website. I’m archiving this text here, but some of the references in it are obsolete as it refers…

Recommended Reading

From time to time readers of this blog ask me to recommend a book or two on the subjects I write about — contemplative prayer, the Christian mystics, Lay Cistercian spirituality, and so forth. So this…

On Being a Lay Cistercian

“Are you a monk?” I get asked that question a lot, especially when I’m at the monastery where I work and pray and lead retreats. Perhaps it’s because of my greying hair and scruffy beard….

An Accident and its Aftermath

In the summer of 1992, I was in a rather nasty car accident. It left me with a jaw broken in several places, a few missing teeth, lacerations along one arm, and a totaled vehicle….

"Where Two or Three Are Gathered"

A sermon preached at First Christian Church of Decatur, Decatur GA, on September 4, 2011 Scripture: Matthew 18:20 “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” What an amazing statement for our Lord…