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Thomas Keating and Centering Prayer

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen I’m not sure when I began reading books by Thomas Merton. Probably late high school or early college. I’m also not sure how I discovered them. Though I was naturally drawn to contemplative prayer, the word was unfamiliar to me until Merton’s writings provided it. “Contemplative” was not […]

November 11, 2018 by Mary van Balen
Categories: Contemplative Spirituality and Prayer. Tags: centering prayer and Thomas Keating. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Thoughts on Contemplative Conversations in Congregations

Article by Stuart Higginbotham (November 2018 eNews) Is it possible to be contemplative in our conversations with others? It seems a challenge today in any context—at work, in the home, even at church. When it comes to the experience of contemplative conversations within a parish church, which is where I serve, I think it is […]

Making More Space

Today’s post is by Jeff Nelson A few years ago, our trusted MacBook of a couple years finally refused to turn on again. At that time we didn’t immediately have the resources available to purchase another one, but each of us—my wife and I—needed a working computer to get our work done. So we settled […]

A Place Where Grace Flows

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen Have you read something that stays with you, popping into mind out of nowhere, bringing insight to the moment? Recently, I read Pure Act: The Uncommon Life of Robert Lax by Michael N. McGregor. Lax was a great American poet and close friend of Thomas Merton. I took heart […]

October 10, 2018 by Mary van Balen
Categories: Contemplative Living and Contemplative Spirituality. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

The Burning Bush

Article by Diane Zanetti (October 2018 eNews) “To pray, then, is to be aflame with God. The purpose of human effort, and of spiritual direction, is simply to clear away obstacles to this manifestation of the divine flame.”-Kenneth Leech When I read the story of Moses and the burning bush, I have to wonder just […]

October 10, 2018 by shalem online
Categories: Spiritual Deepening and spiritual direction. Formats: Article and eNews Article.

Uselessness and Benefitting Others

Today’s post is by Shirin McArthur I recently read a Buddhist story, shared by Andō, a Zen poet I follow online, about The Useless Tree. In a nutshell (!), the story is that an oak tree grew so twisted and gnarly that its wood was not considered useful, so it was not disturbed. The point […]

September 09, 2018 by Shirin McArthur
Categories: Community, Contemplation in Action, and Contemplative Living. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Responsibility and Bliss

Today’s post is by Savannah Kate Coffey Years ago, when my son was an infant, the nights often felt endless. One night it was just the two of us in the house and on that particular night I traipsed repeatedly between the rocker in the nursery and my empty bed. I distinctly remember the conflict […]

September 09, 2018 by Kate Coffey
Categories: Contemplative Living, Parenthood, Prayer, and Self Compassion. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

The Practical Mysticism of Evelyn Underhill

Today’s post is by Dana Greene Evelyn Underhill, the Anglican religious writer, had a leading role in the first half of the twentieth century in reviving interest in mysticism and  translating  the insights of the great mystics for the ordinary person. Her life’s work and achievement were confirmed by her friend T. S. Eliot who […]

The Intimacy of Transition

Article by Ann Dean (September 2018 eNews) September rains bring cool crisp air, soften the fragrance of the last white rose at the garden gate and splatter the pathways with acorns and the first shiny gold leaves from the tulip poplar overhead. Old pines whisper wisdom in the quiet of the morning breeze. Multitudes of wings […]

Ordinary Life, Extraordinary Grace

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen Sometimes an ordinary event becomes an extraordinary grace. That happened to me recently, and I’m grateful. Horrible headlines, day after day, overwhelm. I couldn’t finish reading an article about the violence and abuse that drove Honduran families to risk everything and take a chance on making it to […]