Posts tagged with ‘Monastery of the Holy Spirit’

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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 […]

The Spirit of George and Jack

by Carl McColman

This past weekend I led a retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit called “The Spirituality of George MacDonald and C. S. Lewis.” Following Lewis’s longstanding nickname, I affectionately referred to our topic as “The Spirit of George and Jack.” Weekend retreats at the monastery typically include five conferences: one Friday evening, three on […]

Meeting Jane Tomaine

by Carl McColman

Episcopal priest Jane Tomaine has written a wonderful book on Benedictine spirituality called St. Benedict’s Toolbox. Tomorrow she is presenting a one-day workshop on “Benedictine Spirituality: Living Intentionally in a Distracted World” here in Atlanta, and alas, I won’t be able to attend — I’ll be busy co-leading a retreat at the Monastery of the […]

Simplicity and Prayer

by Carl McColman

In the simple promises for the junior lay associates (Lay Cistercians) of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, we promise, among other things, to live “life in simplicity and prayer.” I love that juxtaposition. Prayer and simplicity go together so beautifully, it seems to me, that one of the best ways to cultivate in our […]

A Birthday Cake for Two Monks

by Carl McColman

Last week two monks of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit had birthdays. Father Anthony (who is the monastic advisor to the Lay Associates, of whom I am a member) turned a mere 83. But Father Luke, our last surviving founder (he’s been at the monastery since it was established in 1944) turned 100! Needless […]

Inside the Shell

by Carl McColman

Mark Doty has written a wonderful poem called “A Green Crab’s Shell.” You can read it here. It’s about finding a crab shell and wondering at the beautiful shock of “Giotto blue” found within it — the color of the sky, carried by the crab all life long and yet invisible to all (except God). […]

Mark Your Calendars…

by Carl McColman

These dates are subject to change, but will probably stay as they are. If you’d like to participate in a retreat that I will be leading or co-leading at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, GA, in 2012, here are the dates to hold: June 15 – 17, 2012: The Spirituality of George […]