A reader of this blog wrote to ask me this question: How does Centering Prayer differ from Christian Meditation as taught by John Main? In Centering Prayer you allow the prayer word to “fall away” on it’s own. And though, in Christian Meditation, you are meant to keep repeating the…… Read more at Patheos
I love a bargain. So I’m happy to announce that, through the “BookBub” website, one of my books, Answering the Contemplative Call, is available — for a limited time — for only 99¢! (Sorry, but this is just for USA residents). This sale only lasts for four days, which means you…… Read more at Patheos
Today’s episode is part two of a two-part interview. Click here to listen to part one. Sr. Mary Margaret Funk, OSB continues her conversation with Cassidy, recorded at Sr. Meg’s monastery in Beech Grove, IN. Toward the end of the conversation, Kevin, Carl (and Carl’s wife, Fran) joined the conversation via Skype. “In Mepkin Abbey we … Continue reading Mary Margaret Funk, OSB: Silence Matters, Part Two (Episode 53) → … Read more at Encountering Silence
My dear friends, it’s time to announce a new book that’s coming out this fall. It’s called Unteachable Lessons: Why Spirituality Can’t Be Taught… And Why That’s Okay. It will be published in September. To pre-order it now, click here. I’m very excited about this book for several reasons. Unlike my…… Read more at Patheos
Twice this month, the lesser-known English mystic Walter Hilton has shown up on this blog. First I wrote about a dream I had, and how I think Hilton inspired me to dream about a “Hilton Hotel.” Then I wrote about some of my favorite “mystical book covers” and one of…… Read more at Patheos
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Please join me at the Copper Beech Institute in West Hartford, CT for a “Holy Wells and Thin Places” Celtic spirituality retreat, May 17-19, 2019!
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Here’s a retreat is for anyone wanting to experience silence in their busy lives: from life-long practitioners to those just beginning to explore meditation. We will explore contemplation, centering prayer and celebrate the unique expression of Christian meditation.
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A reader of one of my previous blog posts sent me this question via Facebook messenger. I read your article about non dualism Nonduality in the Bible … and us. So what about scriptures about God hating sin, wickedness, evildoers etc… Or am I misunderstanding? Also there’s a lot of…… Read more at Patheos
Mary Margaret Funk, OSB, is a member of Our Lady of Grace Monastery in Beech Grove, Indiana. She entered this Benedictine community in 1961 and served as the prioress from 1985 to 1993. In 1994 Sister Meg became the Executive Director of the Monastic Interreligious Dialogue Board. She has been in formal dialogue with people … Continue reading Mary Margaret Funk, OSB: Silence Matters, Part One (Episode 52) → … Read more at Encountering Silence
The other day I wrote a post about a dream I had back in the 1980s. I mentioned in that post that I used to shop at an old Catholic Bookstore that used to carry the old Image Books editions of the mystics. That was back when you could buy…… Read more at Patheos
One night in a dream I found myself near the Ballston Metro station in Arlington, Virginia (I lived close by there at the time). But as is so often in dreamscapes, the neighborhood in my dreams was radically different than in real life. For one thing, there was a large…… Read more at Patheos
Today’s episode is part two of a two-part interview. Click here to listen to part one. Our conversation continues with Shirley Hershey Showalter, the author of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. Singing is to a Mennonite what silence is to a Quaker. For me, singing is a way of bringing silence and voice … Continue reading Shirley Hershey Showalter: Simplicity and Silence, Part Two (Episode 51) → … Read more at Encountering Silence
I believe that anyone who is serious about embracing the Christian contemplative path needs some form of sustainable daily prayer. For most of Christian history, this has meant using a breviary — a prayer book which contains prayer “services” or offices for praying throughout the day. Such collections of prayers are known as The…… Read more at Patheos
Are you interested in learning the basics of Centering Prayer? If so, come to this introductory workshop that I will be co-facilitating with Maggie Winfrey, the director of Contemplative Outreach Atlanta.
Centering Prayer is a type of Christian prayer based on the teachings of great mystics like the Desert Mothers and Fathers and the author of The Cloud of Unknowing. It is a wonderful means for entering into silence as a way of prayerfully making yourself available to the presence of God. Grounded in scripture and the teachings of the great saints and mystics, it is a beautiful and meaningful spiritual practice that can be learned in a day — and that yields spiritual fruit over a lifetime.
This introductory workshop is sponsored by Contemplative Outreach Atlanta and takes place at the beautiful Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center. Hope to see you there!
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