The Power of Powerlessness

At the climax of the first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, young Harry meets his nemesis, the evil Lord Voldemort, who ...
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“Blessed are the Peacemakers” — Jesus Said It, and It Still Applies Today

A couple of days ago in a dream I was instructed to write about "Blessed are the Peacemakers." At first I put it off, because ...
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White Supremacists use the Celtic Cross as a Symbol of Hate. But True Celtic Spirituality is Anti-Racist.

According to the Anti-Defamation League's website, the Celtic Cross — particularly when rendered as an equal-armed cross — is used by white supremacists as a ...
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Kindness, Cynicism, and a Better World: A Contemplative Approach to Social Media — and Digital Civility

I don't think it's very shocking to acknowledge that we live in a cynicalI don't mean "cynical" in the classical philosophical sense, but in the ...
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Some Thoughts on the Roaring 20s — for 2020 (and Beyond)

I'm writing this on the second day of January 2020 — and I'm mindful of an amusing meme that made its way around Facebook last ...
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How the Beatles Help Me Overcome Writer’s Block

I suppose most writers don't like to talk about writers' block. It's not a pretty sight — to have a deadline looming, and every time ...
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A Few Thoughts on the Passing of Ram Dass

Ram Dass, author of many books including the spiritual masterpiece Be Here Now, has died. He passed away yesterday, 22 December 2019, at his home in ...
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A Hidden Life: Terrence Malick’s Heartbreaking, Essential, Contemplative Film

Terrence Malick is arguably the most contemplative director working in Hollywood today. Films like The Tree of Life and To The Wonder invite the viewer into Malick's unique and ...
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Ora et Labora and Right Livelihood: Some Notes Toward a Contemplative Spirituality of Work

Most of us spend a lot of time working — so what is the spirituality of work? And how does work impact, or integrate with, ...
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What We Need for Union with God

Recently I posted this quote from Fr. Thomas Keating on Facebook: If you're curious about the source of this quote, it is found on page ...
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The Chrysalis and the Butterfly: A New Way to Think About the Relationship Between Spirituality and Religion

"I'm spiritual but not religious." It's an increasingly common way for people to identify their relationship to spirituality (as a system for personal growth) and ...
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Altamont, Auschwitz, Bethlehem, and My Lai — The Challenge of Contemplating the Dark Side

1969 was quite a year, and so in 2019 we've had plenty of "50th Anniversary" moments: marking the fiftieth anniversary of the first humans on ...
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For a Contemplative, Looking for a Spiritual Community to Call Home

A reader recently wrote this to me on Facebook: I've been on a spiritual journey for some time now probably for about eight years. The ...
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A Question for Discernment: What Do We Need to Do to Make Mysticism Mainstream?

It's the first Sunday of Advent. So liturgically speaking, it's a new church year. Happy new year! In the spirit of making a new year's ...
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Poetry, Meditations, and Contemplative Encouragement (the Perks of Being a Patron)

December 3, 2019 is "Giving Tuesday." It's a day designed to highlight the many worthy non-profit and charitable organizations that deserve our support — not ...
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