What’s the Best Church for Contemplative Christians?

A reader writes: Carl, do you think the Catholic Church has more scope to welcome contemplative Christians?  I attend an Anglican church and I'm very ...
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Contemplation and Emotional Intensity

One of this blog's readers wrote to me this past Saturday (February 15, 2020) to ask a question about Richard Rohr's daily meditation for that ...
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Mysticism is a Love Story: A Baker’s Dozen of Contemplative Books for Valentine’s Day (or Any Day)

Simply put, mysticism — at least, Christian mysticism — is all about love. To explore Christian mysticism basically means to explore love. It's an invitation ...
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“For Darkness is as Light to You” — Why Mysticism Isn’t Afraid of the Dark

One of the most powerful images in the Bible is the distinction between light and dark. Light represents God, or Christ, or goodness; darkness, by ...
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Seven Mystical Affirmations

Currently I'm reading two classic self-help books, both for my personal edification and as research for a project I'm working on. The books are Julia ...
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Thanks for Stopping By

I'm glad you're visiting my website. I'm Carl — and here's a little bit about me. I am a writer, blogger, podcaster, spiritual director, and ...
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Less than 12% of the Catholic Catechism is devoted to spirituality. That, in a nutshell, is what’s wrong with the church today.

Over the years I have discovered that there are three types of people interested in Christian mysticism and contemplative spirituality: Some are practicing Christians, active ...
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Magic and Miracles: What’s the Difference?

The other day I was having a conversation with an acquaintance who asked me to comment on the difference between "magic" and "miracles." It was ...
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Silent Prayer Every Day: How Much Do We Need?

A reader writes, I just finished reading the article about having everything you need for Divine union. I want to share it with my Carmelite ...
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Can Contemplation Change the World?

Four years ago I wrote a blog post titled Is Contemplation Dangerous? It was a review of a book called The Buddha Pill: Can Meditation ...
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Martin Luther King Jr, the “Arc of the Moral Universe,” and Maintaining Faith in Difficult Times

"The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice." When I thought I would write about Martin Luther King, Jr., that ...
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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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A Video to Help You Practice the Daily Examen

Dear friends, I'm excited that a new video in which I lead the practice of the Daily Examen is premiering this Saturday, January 18, at ...
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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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