Posts tagged with ‘Lectio Divina’

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Contemplative Prayer in Decatur

by Carl McColman

Wow. I feel so privileged to have been part of the first contemplative gathering at First Christian Church of Decatur, Georgia. It was a very simple thing, actually. There were over 20 of us (I counted 21, but someone else said 22, maybe I forgot to count myself) gathered together in one of the education […]

Julian of Norwich In Her Own Voice

by Carl McColman

So today is May 13 — the other possible anniversary date for Julian of Norwich’s showings (the first being May 8). So to commemorate this day, I thought I would highlight editions of Julian’s writings that feature her text based on the old handwritten manuscripts we have of her writing — in other words, Julian […]

By Your Words

by Carl McColman

For my morning lectio divina, today I read Matthew 12:33-37. Although this passage is best known for “the tree is known by its fruit” (v. 33), two other parts of the passage particularly caught my attention this morning, from verses 34 and 37: For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks… for […]

Brigit of Kildare’s Spiritual Practice

by Carl McColman

One day holy Brigit needed to attend a gathering of the people for a compelling practical reason, and she sat in her chariot, which was drawn by two horses. As she sat in her vehicle, she practiced on earth the life of heaven, as was her custom, by contemplative meditation, and prayed to her Lord. […]

A Chat with a Methodist Minister

by Carl McColman

The other day at the Abbey Store I struck up a conversation with a Methodist minister who was making a short retreat at the Monastery. We chatted up books and authors and it became apparent that we had a similar interest in contemplative spirituality. “So tell me,” I asked him, “What is it like to […]

What Mystics Do (and You Can, Too)

by Carl McColman

What do mystics do? The following list can be a way to begin answering this question. I’m not suggesting that every mystic does everything on this list (for starters, this list is particularly aimed at Christian mystics), or that a person has to do all of these things to be considered a mystic. I’m trying […]

Contemplative Apps

by Carl McColman

Okay all you iPhone lovers out there — I’ve been meaning to do this for a while: list the four apps that I find the most useful for my spiritual practice. I hope you find them useful as well. If there is one app that I think is the most essential, it would have to […]