Books For Understanding the Wisdom and Theology of Julian of Norwich

It's no secret to anyone who reads this blog that I consider Julian of Norwich to be one of, if not simply the, greatest of ...
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Dreams, Songs, and Sorrow: Three Celtic Poets to Read Now

Ireland is a land shaped by myth, story, and poetry — and her sister countries in the Celtic world, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and so forth, ...
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A Drop of Water is Not the Ocean (Understanding Christian Mystical Teachings of Union and Nonduality)

A reader named Beth writes: Hi Carl, I started reading "The Big Book of Christian Mysticism" and have a question for you... In chapter 1 ...
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Evelyn Underhill, Baron Friedrich von Hügel, and the Journey of Spiritual Formation

Today (June 15) is a day for remembering the passing of Evelyn Underhill, who died on this day in 1941. If you are new to ...
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Where Do You Draw the Line: Discerning Appropriate Boundaries for Interspiritual Practice

I recently received a letter from a reader of this blog who grew up an evangelical Baptist, and when to a conservative Christian school, the ...
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A Friend Called Me Out For Hiding Behind My White Privilege. She Did the Right Thing.

Last week, when the story about Amy Cooper, the white woman in Central Park who called the police after a black man simply requested that ...
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An Examen of the Senses

Today I want to share with you something I co-wrote with my wife, Fran. For our RCIA program, we often begin or end our meeting ...
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Rebooting a Contemplative Practice… and Choosing the Right Method for Silent Prayer

A reader named Allen sent me this question — actually two questions. What advice would you have for someone who who wants to reboot their ...
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The Communion of Saints Who Watch Over Me As I Write

Today's post is just for fun! This morning on Facebook my cousin Danny, up in Manhattan, made a comment about the beautiful icon of the ...
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Praying with the English Mystics

Dear friends, I have now experienced what it is like to direct a spiritual retreat online. And while it is certainly not the same thing ...
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Hildegard of Bingen: A Medieval Mystic Superstar

A human being is a vessel that God has built for himself and filled with his inspiration so that his works are perfected in it ...
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How to Find the Right Contemplative Community

A reader named Brian writes: Being a Lay Cistercian seems to be an important part of your journey. I’m wondering if becoming an oblate is ...
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A Centering Prayer Video for You

During this time of social distancing and sheltering at home, it's a perfect opportunity to learn — or refresh your knowledge of — one of ...
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How Does Contemplative Practice Benefit Us — And the Communities We Are Part Of?

In response to an old blog post of mine, Between Shambhala and the Catholic Church, one reader tweeted the following: These questions are too big ...
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Contemplating Calm Awareness

The contemplative psychiatrist, spiritual director, and author Gerald May wrote in his book Will and Spirit: A Contemplative Psychology: Water is a commonly used metaphor ...
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