Archive for Friday Blog

Awakening the Energies of Love

Today’s post is by Patricia Farrell I think the most important qualification for a spiritual director is the commitment to a lifestyle of spiritual deepening. One of the very important things I learned, experientially, in the Shalem program is that doing spiritual direction is about the way I live my life every day. My own […]

The Privilege of Silence

Today’s post is by Carl McColman Back in 2003, I spent a day at a relatively new monastery near Sligo, Ireland. Like many small religious foundations just getting off the ground, it was struggling, although the members of the community were filled with optimism and a sense of purpose about their shared mission. I plied […]

Welcoming Christ, Welcoming Others

Today’s post is by Mary van Balen Stepping out of the parking garage elevator and starting down the walkway to the office building, I stopped to look at the nativity scene that had been placed outside the large windows. All the faces were painted pink-white. Sure, that nativity was probably bought decades ago and spends most […]

December 12, 2018 by Mary van Balen
Categories: Community, Contemplation in Action, and Contemplative Living. Tags: Advent, bishops, Christmas, and racism. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Spiritual Awakening and Addiction Recovery

Today’s post is by Tom Adams At lunch at the Gerald May seminar, Compassion of the Mystics, I was at a table where 12-Step meetings and recovery were being discussed. Having been a student and beneficiary of 12-Step groups for over 30 years, my ears perked up. A lunch table friend was describing how someone […]

December 12, 2018 by Thomas Adams
Categories: Community and Contemplative Living. Tags: AA. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Pilgrimage: Going and Returning

Today’s post is by Carole Crumley Happy are the people whose strength is in you! Whose hearts are set on the pilgrims’ way. –Psalm 84 Pilgrimage is one of the spiritual practices that is common to many of the great faith traditions. Muslims, Jews, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and many others find their common ground in […]

December 12, 2018 by Carole Crumley
Categories: Pilgrimage. Formats: Article, Article by Shalem Staff, eNews Article, and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

Reflections on Openness, Contemplation, and Love

Today’s post is by Tom Adams I was eager to attend the Gerald May Seminar on the Compassion of the Mystics with Bernard McGinn. Since embracing the practice of centering prayer a couple of years ago, my interest in love and how love grows has been front and center. I figured compassion and love were […]

November 11, 2018 by Thomas Adams
Categories: Contemplative Living and Contemplative Spirituality. Tags: compassion and mystics. Formats: Article and Friday Blog. Interest Areas: Friday Blog.

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.

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.

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.