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Contemplative Prayer

Thomas Keating: The Monk Who Went to the Oscars (Almost)

Linda Hassler | Posted 07.06.2015 | New York
Linda Hassler

Father Keating's story, from age five to age 88, compelled me to watch the film twice. Though it is Jones' tribute to his uncle, he doesn't whitewash anything. Thomas hurts a good many people along the way, not the least being his family. Like any life, it isn't all pretty

You Want to Help the World? Meditate! Lessons From a College Classroom

Dr. Fran Grace | Posted 03.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Fran Grace

Meditation develops the inner dimension of our humanity. Why is this important? Because who we are on the inside affects everything we say and do on the outside -- all of our decisions, words, and actions. Our inner being has an effect on the world around us.

Learning From Catholicism's Loyal Trouble-Makers

Charles Redfern | Posted 02.21.2015 | Religion
Charles Redfern

At their best, Jesuits implement their founder's strengths: Ignatius was a practical mystic. He stared at the stars on Rome's rooftops by night and administered his order like a grand strategist by day

10 Recommended Books on Christian Meditation

Carl McColman | Posted 12.27.2014 | Religion
Carl McColman

A Facebook friend recently asked me, "Hey Carl, what are your ten top books on meditation?" So here's my answer. I hope this is a useful list. I've listed the books in the order in which I would recommend them.

A Journey From Unlovable to Beloved: An ex-Jehovah's Witness Reclaims Her Spiritual Heritage

V.K. Harber | Posted 11.23.2014 | Religion
V.K. Harber

Yes, it's true. No, I'm not going through an early mid-life crisis. Yes, I've really thought about it. No, my values have not changed. Yes, I'm sure. This is how my end of the conversation goes when I tell my friends that I'm in the process of becoming Catholic.

Being Contemplative in the Digital Age: 6 Tips to Nourish Your Prayer Practice

Carole A. Crumley | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion
Carole A. Crumley

There are many ways to pray, many ways to open to God's living presence and nurture an awareness of the sacred in daily life. Whether you are just beginning on a spiritual path or seeking to deepen your spiritual practice, here are some ways to begin or begin again.

Puff And Bluster At Armageddon

Charles Redfern | Posted 02.11.2012 | Religion
Charles Redfern

There's an ironic smile hovering in the air after the haggling in Durban, South Africa. In a season of giving, negotiators at the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change hoarded.

New Allies In The Culture Wars

Steve Volk | Posted 11.06.2011 | Religion
Steve Volk

Newberg asked people to draw an image of God ... Believers in fact most often drew the sun, light, mirrors and even nothing -- abstract images that reflected a conception of God as vast and unknowable.

Mysteries Of The Jesus Prayer

Scott Cairns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Scott Cairns

Every ascetic effort, the Lenten fast included, is all about the strengthening of our hearts and minds, the deepening of our prayer and our increasing participation in the God Who Is.