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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Spiritual Lessons from a Pilgrimage to Ireland

I wrote the following article in 2002, when I was exploring Celtic paganism. I found it recently while looking for something in my archives and ...
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A Lesson on Creativity and Risk-Taking from J.R.R. Tolkien’s Publisher

Today I had a conversation with a friend who is working on a manuscript for a book to be published in the next year or ...
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The Sheer Sound of a Still Small Voice

"God speaks to us in a whisper," or so said an Episcopal priest I once knew. It was one of his trademark sayings, and the ...
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Your Home is Your Abbey; Your Heart is Your Cloister

I met a woman once, many years ago, who taught writing in a prison. She had the inmates read The Rule of Saint Benedict. She encouraged ...
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