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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My Christmas Recommendations for 2019: Books to Give to the Contemplatives You Love

Here's a list of books published in the last eighteen months on a variety of contemplative themes. Most of these books are anchored in the ...
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Revisiting Grace: A New Edition of Writings and Photographs from a Trappist Monk

If you are looking for a wonderful Christmas gift idea, I've got a suggestion for you: the newly released "Memorial Edition" of Grace Revisited: Epiphanies from ...
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A Few Thoughts About Julian of Norwich (Video)

Here's another one of the videos I filmed in the summer of 2015.  Previously on this blog I posted a video on mysticism. More will ...
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What is Mysticism — and What Does it Mean for Christians?

A couple of weeks ago I posted to this blog an article called Just What is Mysticism Anyway? And Why Should Anyone Care? But a ...
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Understanding "The Dark Night of the Soul"

A reader writes, Carl, have you written any articles on the “dark night” or about the struggles we face on our paths? I’d be grateful if ...
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