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The Fullness of Our Destiny

by Carl McColman

I picked up a copy of an old book called The Laughter of God: At Ease With Prayer by Trappistine nun Miriam Pollard from the used book tent at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit’s Fall Festival earlier this month. It’s an insightful book which seeks to foster a sense of prayer as a means of […]

My First Article in Contemplative Journal, or, How to Be a Faithful Christian While Embracing Interspirituality

by Carl McColman

Contemplative Journal is the loveliest and most promising new website to come along in quite some time. Unlike some of the more prominent inter-religious websites, this start-up is dedicated to the contemplative dimension of the spiritual life, with a decidedly interspiritual presence. Early contributors included a variety of well-known and intriguing voices in the contemplative […]

Concerning Sheep, Goats, and the Unconditional Love of God

by Carl McColman

I received this email today. Thought it might be worth exploring here on the blog. Hi Carl. Just listened to your two interviews and was blessed … You said in your interview that you didn’t like the, what I would call, the “us and them” attitude in evangelical circles like “I’m saved and you’re not.” […]

Why I don’t call myself a “Monk in the World”

by Carl McColman

A friend of mine, Christine Valters Paintner, has a wonderful ministry called Abbey of the Arts. She has written a number of books and maintains a vibrant blog and website. What I love about her work is how she integrates the experience of being a Benedictine Oblate with creative expressions such as photography. Here are […]

Spirituality, With or Without Religion

by Carl McColman

“I’m spiritual, but I’m not religious.” It’s become such a common way of self-describing spiritual identity that observers have attacked it (“Spiritual But Not Religious”? Please Stop Boring Me), have defended it (God in the Gray Areas), have tried to reduce it to an acronym (“SBNR”) or even come up with cutesy abbreviations (Nones, since […]

Salvation and Wellness, Holiness and Therapy

by Carl McColman

Last week when I wrote about the distinction between mindfulness meditation and contemplative prayer, one reader left this comment: I would also like to hear your comments on salvation vs therapy. I feel a bit of trepidation taking this on, for the simple reason that I am not a professional counselor, therapist, psychologist, social worker […]