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Contemplation, Office Politics, & the Rule of Saint Benedict

The verb “contemplate” is defined as “looking at or viewing with continued attention; observe or study thoughtfully; to think deeply about; to have a purpose or intent.” Sounds nice. “Politics,” however, is defined as “the use of intrigue or strategy in obtaining any position of...

Contemplative Life and Professional Life Can Coexist

Can a working professional in a high-stress job and stressful environment maintain a consistent spiritual focus—or are the stresses of work and the city incompatible with the contemplative life? I’m what they call an extreme commuter. On a typical workday, I drive several miles to a...

Essay Series – Part 5: Perennial Wisdom – How Shall I Live?

This is the fifth of six essays exploring the Perennial Wisdom. In doing so we will be drawing on the texts and teachings of many different religions. The challenge this presents is that you will get lost in the sea of texts and find no...

The Spiritual Lives of Teenagers & Thomas Merton

What do teenagers today need spiritually? Thomas Merton's life has surprising implications for today's youth.  Hearing Teenager's Voices Before we can begin to speak to the needs of today’s young people, we need to listen to what they’re saying. Here’s a sampling of quotes from students I...

Essay Series – Part 4: Perennial Wisdom – Where Am I Going?

This is the fourth of six essays exploring the Perennial Wisdom. In doing so we will be drawing on the texts and teachings of many different religions. The challenge this presents is that you will get lost in the sea of texts and find no...