Contemplating the Trinity

Silence. Embodiment. Breath.

The heart of Christian spirituality is the Mystery of the Holy Trinity. This is the ancient wisdom teaching that God is one God, in three persons: Father/Creator, Son/Redeemer, and Spirit/Sanctifier. We call ourselves “Christians” because we follow the 2nd Person of the Trinity: Jesus, the Christ. But it would be just as accurate — some […]

Love is not just the basis on which we build everything, but it’s also the energy with which we proceed, and it’s the final goal toward which we tend. Love has two lovely daughters called Grace and Mercy. Like identical twins, they are often indistinguishable: Grace is the inner freedom to be merciful. Mercy is grace in action. And both are the children of Love.

Richard Rohr
Essential Teachings on Love (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 2018), P. 82.

Running After Something You Already Have

A Dream About Montreat, Evelyn Underhill, and Learning to Let Go

I had a dream last night — about one of my favorite retreat centers, and one of my favorite books. The setting of my dream was the Montreat Conference Center, in Black Mountain NC, just up the road from Asheville. I’ve been to Montreat numerous times over the past six or seven years, but always […]

I love Mepkin Abbey, and I’m so happy to be returning there in June to lead a retreat on the wisdom of the Christian Mystics. The retreat is fully booked, but contact the St. Francis Retreat Center at Mepkin Abbey if you’d like to be on the waiting list.

Date: June 4, 2018—June 8, 2018
Event: Wisdom of the Christian Mystics at Mepkin Abbey
Topic: Wisdom of the Christian Mystics
Sponsor: Mepkin Abbey
(843) 761-8509
Venue: St. Francis Retreat Center
(843) 761-8509
Location: 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
USA
Public: Public
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I created this video, using photographs that Fran and I took in Norwich, along with a few book covers and a wonderful photo of the stained glass of Julian in Norwich Cathedral, used by permission of the photographer.

It’s just a brief little introduction to who Julian is, and why she matters. Less than 3 minutes long. Hope you enjoy it!

I’m leading a one-day workshop on Christian meditation and contemplative prayer at the New York Open Center. Our time together will include instruction and practice in silent prayer, time for personal and group reflection, and my reflections on how we can incorporate the life-transfiguring wisdom of the mystics into our lives today. Although centered on Christian spirituality and practice, this workshop is presented in an inclusive way that is appropriate for people of all faith traditions and all experience levels. Hope to see you there!

Date: April 22, 2018
Time: 09:30 a.m.-04:00 p.m.
Event: Be Still and Know: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Christian Contemplation and Meditation
Topic: Be Still and Know: Reclaiming the Lost Art of Christian Contemplation and Meditation
Sponsor: New York Open Center
(212) 219-2527
Venue: New York Open Center
(212) 219-2527
Location: 22 E. 30th Street
New York, NY 10016
USA
Public: Public
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A New Prayer for Contemplatives

Here's a Shorter Prayer for Beginning Your Silent Time with God

O Holy Trinity, we come to you in silent prayer, seeking only to love you and adore you beyond all words and thought. Grant us the grace to long for you with such humble desire that we return to the fountain of your mercy, each and every day. Foster in our hearts quiet confidence, that […]

In the Beginning Was the Tao…

The Mystery of God Frees Us From Our Cultural Blind Spots

Ken Leong, the author of The Zen Teachings of Jesus, posted this on Facebook the other day: I was having a conversation with a group of American Christians. I told them that in the Chinese version of John’s Gospel, the WORD was translated into “Tao.” They asked me for the definition of the Tao. I replied […]

Mepkin Abbey

I’m so excited to be leading a retreat at Mepkin Abbey, the Trappist Monastery in South Carolina. This will be the first retreat I’ve led at Mepkin, and our topic will be one of my favorites: the Spirituality of Celtic Christianity. If you’re not familiar with Mepkin, it is a small but vibrant community of monks, with beautiful liturgy and a gorgeous setting, north of Charleston (you can see the city skyline from the riverbank). Mepkin has a small guesthouse and this retreat will likely fill up quickly, so if you’re interested, register now.

Date: March 16, 2018—March 18, 2018
Event: Celtic Spirituality Retreat at Mepkin Abbey
Topic: Celtic Spirituality
Sponsor: Mepkin Abbey
Venue: Mepkin Abbey
(843) 761-8509
Location: 1098 Mepkin Abbey Rd.
Monck's Corner, SC 29461
Public: Public
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Holy Cross Monastery Church

Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY is rapidly becoming one of my favorite places to lead (or make) a retreat. I’m so happy to be returning to Holy Cross this April to direct a retreat built around the theme of pilgrimage, drawing on the wisdom of the ancient Celts, Teresa of Ávila, and C. S. Lewis. Come explore your journey of faith with me — and the Benedictine monks of Holy Cross Monastery!

Date: April 17, 2018—April 20, 2018
Event: Mapping Your Journey of Faith: Guidance from C. S. Lewis, Teresa of Avila, and the ancient Celts
Topic: Mapping Your Journey of Faith
Venue: Holy Cross Monastery
Location: 1615 Route 9W (or Broadway)
West Park, NY 12493
USA
Public: Public
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Poetry arises from contemplation and silence. T. S. Eliot says that poets are alone and often prone to suffering brought about by their super sensitivity. Poets see beyond themselves, but are aware of their own inner life and experience, and so empathize and generalize from it.

Peter Slattery
The Springs of Carmel (New York: Alba House, 1991), p. 72.

Seven Tips for Getting Started With the Divine Office

Incorporating Fixed-Hour Prayer into Your Daily Life

What does it take to get started with a daily practice of praying the Liturgy of the Hours? A reader of this blog asks the following question: I have an established practice of Lectio Divina and Centering Prayer in the early morning and Examen and Centering Prayer in the late afternoon. I’m captivated with praying […]

Contemplation is essentially an act of faith, hope, and love. It is not, therefore, the end result of a discursive activity of the intelligence, it is not the reward of learning acquired through study, and it does not result in an increase of speculative knowledge. It tends to foster love under the forms love takes on while awaiting celestial beatitude… To desire Heaven is to want God and to love Him with a love the monks sometimes call impatient. The greater desire becomes, the more the soul rests in God. Possession increases in the same proportion as desire.

Dom Jean Leclercq OSB
The Love of Learning and the Desire for God (New York: Fordham University Press, 1961), p. 85.

Join me at White’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Southlake, TX on January 19 and 20 where I will be giving a talk on Friday night and leading a day retreat on Saturday. Our theme is “Embracing Deep Rest in Turbulent Times.” We’ll be reflecting on how contemplative spirituality is a way to receive the peace and deep rest which Jesus himself promises to us.

Date: January 19, 2018—January 20, 2018
Event: "Embracing Deep Rest in Turbulent Times" — SPELL Symposium in Southlake, TX
Topic: Embracing Deep Rest in Turbulent Times
Sponsor: White's Chapel United Methodist Church
817-481-4147
Venue: White's Chapel United Methodist Church
817-481-4147
Location: 185 S White Chapel Boulevard
Southlake, TX 76092
USA
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