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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Some Thoughts On the Dolphins That Are (Not) in Venice

Shortly after the shelter-in-place orders started to show up at local and state governments across the land, I read somewhere — I don't remember where ...
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Every Mystery is a Story

I have a guilty pleasure that I don't think I've ever written about, here on my blog. Well, here goes: I'm a fan of Neil ...
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Twelve Mystics Who Lived Through Epidemics and Pandemics

It's been over a month now since the World Health Organization has acknowledged that COVID-19 is a pandemic. As of today (4/13/20), over 22000 Americans ...
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The Break-Up of the Beatles — and the Fragmented Spirituality of Our Age

Fifty years ago today — on April 10, 1970 — the Beatles announced that they were breaking up. We now know that this had been ...
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“Don’t Call Yourself a Mystic” — How Kenneth Leech’s Challenge Helped Me To Embrace Contemplative Practice

In my book Unteachable Lessons I talk about Kenneth Leech, the Anglican priest who wrote a variety of books on topics related to both contemplative spirituality ...
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