Desert Island Discs (and DVDs)

If you were stranded on a desert island, what music would you want to accompany you? The BBC has a long-running program called Desert Island ...
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Principles for Contemplative Spirituality (Part Two)

Last week I shared six principles that guide me in my understanding of what Christian contemplative spirituality is. This week I'm sharing six more. As ...
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Principles for Contemplative Spirituality (Part One)

A couple of years ago Rob Bell wrote a book with the title What We Talk About When We Talk About God. I haven't read ...
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Artist, Mystic, Pilgrim, Companion: An Interview with Christine Valters Paintner

Recently I had the opportunity to interview author and contemplative artist Christine Valters Paintner of the Abbey of the Arts. We talked about contemplative spirituality, ...
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Letter and Spirit: Thoughts and Silence?

In his sermon On Conversion, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux quotes Acts 26:24, only he paraphrases it like this: "Too much thinking has made you mad!" Whenever ...
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The Rule, the Discipline, and Spiritual Growth

I bet if I took a poll, almost everyone who reads my blog would agree with this statement: "I want to grow spiritually." Readers of ...
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Better to Light a Candle (of Silence) than to Curse the Darkness (of Language)

Does language always limit the way we talk about, think about, or even pray to, God? This question has been on my mind for the past ...
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What Do Contemplatives Want?

First a disclaimer about my headline. I'm answering this question (What do contemplatives want?) based on the results from my 2015 readers' poll. If you aren't interested ...
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The Last Instructions of Christ to His Disciples

In the first chapter of The Acts of the Apostles, Jesus gives his disciples their last instructions before his ascension into heaven (Acts 1:6-12). The ...
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Contemplation and the Ocean of Presence

Here's a little video I filmed last month at the Gulf Coast. It's only about 45 seconds long and consists of the sunset and the surf ...
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Advance Praise for "Befriending Silence"

What do Brian McLaren, Fr. Daniel Horan OFM, Fr. Michael Casey OCSO, Br. Patrick Hart OCSO, and Phyllis Tickle have in common? They've all endorsed ...
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Contemplative Leadership with Saints Benedict and Ignatius of Loyola

In recent months I have become very interested in the topic of leadership. Which might seem silly, since I do not manage people, or lead ...
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Please Fill Out My Reader Survey!

Please fill out my reader's survey — and help me to make this a better blog. I'm asking for this information (collected anonymously) to give me a better ...
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Five Ways You Can Enjoy a Deeper Personal Prayer Life

We need to deepen our own personal prayer lives. — The Most Reverend Wilton D. Gregory, S.L.D., Archbishop of Atlanta Recently the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta ...
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A Prayer for Contemplatives

O Divine Beloved, you are the source of life and the fountain of all goodness. In the mystery of your silence we recognize who we are, for ...
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