On Thursday, January 21, 2016, I’ll return to The Soul-Directed Life with Janet Conner. We’ll be discussing my latest book, Befriending Silence, along with thoughts in response to this question: “How can I open to possibility?”

Mark your calendar to listen in!

If you miss it, the show will be archived in The Soul-Directed Life‘s webpage, so you can catch it later.

Date: January 21, 2016
Time: 02:00-03:00 pm
Appearance: The Soul-Directed Life
Outlet: Unity Online Radio
Location: Online
Format: Radio

This year I return to the “Winter Feast for the Soul” for my third set of contemplative meditations. We’re working on a different format: in the past we would create 40 different podcasts, so participants in the Winter Feast would be able to listen to a different meditation each day. The organizers got feedback from some participants who felt like it was a lot of material to digest; so this year we’re doing a leaner, cleaner Winter Feast: we’re creating ten podcasts (rather than 40), with a new one being released every four days over the course of the forty days. Participants are still asked to have thirty minutes of silence each day, but the suggestion is to listen to each meditation four times. Another change: during the meditation, we’ll set up a chime to ring at ten minute intervals. That way of someone only wants to meditate for 20 minutes (or even just 10 minutes), you’ll have the chimes to let you know when your time is up.

The idea behind the Winter Feast of the Soul is to encourage participants to begin or strengthen a daily practice of meditation (or mindfulness, or silent prayer) with a series of podcast meditations to listen to over the forty days, which begin today (January 15) and run through February 23.

The overall theme for Winter Feast 2016 is “Going Deeper,” so that’s the theme for my set of meditations: “Going Deeper in the Contemplative Life.” I’ll be looking at the gifts and fruit of the Spirit to guide us. As with all Winter Feast meditations, mine will be grounded in my faith (which is Christianity) but presented in a way that will hopefully speak to all people.

I hope you’ll join us. Visit the website to learn more: Winter Feast for the Soul.

Date: January 15, 2016—February 23, 2016
Appearance: Winter Feast for the Soul 2016: “Going Deeper in the Contemplative Life”
Outlet: Winter Feast for the Soul
Location: Online
Format: Podcast

Tune in to “The Busted Halo Show with Fr. Dave Dwyer” on The Catholic Channel (channel 129) of SiriusXM this coming Monday evening, December 7, 2015, at 8:20 PM Eastern Standard Time! I’ll be talking with Fr. Dave Dwyer about my new book, Befriending Silence.

Date: December 7, 2015
Time: 08:20 p.m.
Appearance: Interview on “The Busted Halo” SiriusXM
Outlet: "The Busted Halo Show with Fr. Dave Dwyer" on the Catholic Channel, SiriusXM
Format: Radio

This afternoon I’ll be speaking with Elizabeth Reardon of An Engaging Faith  about Thomas Merton, Cistercian spirituality, and my new book, Befriending Silence. To listen to the show, use the Breadbox Media app (available for your iOS or Android device) or catch it later as a podcast.

Date: November 16, 2015
Time: 04:00-05:00 p.m.
Appearance: An Engaging Faith Interview
Outlet: An Engaging Faith (Breadbox Media)
Format: Podcast

I’ll be interviewed by Kathy Chiero of WTVN, Columbus, OH, on July 19 as a guest on her “Sitting Room” program. Our topic will be “Why traditional religion is failing to connect the faithful to God.” Needless to say, I have an opinion or two on this subject! Hope you will tune in if you’re in the Columbus area, or you can always catch the show online at www.sittingroomradio.com.

Date: July 19, 2015
Time: 05:00-05:45 p.m. EST
Appearance: Guest on “The Sitting Room” with Kathy Chiero
Outlet: The Sitting Room with Kathy Chiero (News Radio 610 WTVN)
Location: Columbus, OH
Format: Radio

I’ll be joining “The Ride Home with John & Kathy” on Pittsburgh’s WORD-FM this afternoon at about 5:40 PM to discuss “How to Keep a Holy Lent.” If you’re in Pittsburgh I hope you’ll tune in.

Date: February 18, 2015
Time: 5:40-5:55 p.m.
Appearance: Guest on “The Ride Home with John & Kathy”
Outlet: WORD-FM (101.5 FM)
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Format: Radio

Carl McColman is the author of several books on the Christian contemplative life.