Posts tagged with ‘Prayer’

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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 […]

Why Contemplation is Revolutionary (Conclusion)

by Carl McColman

This is the final part of a series on “Why Contemplation is Revolutionary.” If you want to start at the beginning, follow this link: The Archbishop and the Community Theologian. We’ve made our way through the quotations from Archbishop Rowan Williams and community theologian Kenneth Leech. We’ve looked at contemplation as a means for transformation. In […]

Why Contemplation is Revolutionary (Part One)

by Carl McColman

In yesterday’s post (The Archbishop and the Community Theologian) I quoted two renowned living contemplatives — emeritus Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and author/community theologian Kenneth Leech — both speaking of the communal and social implications of contemplative prayer. Naysayers, stand aside. Contemplative prayer is not about navel-gazing or self-absorbed “spiritual experiences.” Indeed, anyone who […]

A Christian Prayer for Daily Contemplative Practice

by Carl McColman
Seagrove Beach, FL. Photo by Fran McColman.

O God of Uncreated Light, we come before you now to offer you our selves. We can only do this through your grace. Grant us the grace of mindfulness. Help us to be calm, so that we may rest in your silence and peace. Grant us the grace of willingness. Transform our will into yours, […]

Generosity to God

by Carl McColman

Today is one of two possible days for the anniversary of Julian of Norwich’s visions, which took place either on May 8 or May 13, 1373. So of course, today I want to share with you one of the many gems to be found in her writing. God is the ground of our praying. Arising […]

The Great Blue Beautifulness

by Carl McColman

After this he said nothing for a while, and I laid myself on the floor of his garret, and stared up and around at the great blue beautifulness. I had forgotten him almost, when at last he said, ‘Ain’t you done yet?’ ‘Done what?’ I asked. ‘Done saying your prayers,’ says he. ‘I wasn’t saying […]

Prayer and Presence

by Carl McColman

The life of prayer and contemplation is simply to realize God’s presence in the depth of our being, in the depth of every being, and at the same time beyond all beings, beyond all that is within and all that is without. — Abhishiktananda, Prayer One of the monks who teaches our Lay Cistercian group […]