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Christianity’s Best-Kept Secret

The summer after I graduated from high school, a scary dream and a book changed my life. One Saturday night, I had a nightmare about the world coming to an end. It was filled with imagery straight out of the Bible — darkness at noon, stars...

How I Recovered From my Addiction to Codependence

St. Ignatious and the 11th Step My journey out of codependence began in contemplative prayer. At a weekend prayer retreat, a minister introduced me to the Ignatian Examen. His recommendation after introducing it to our group was to practice the prayer for at least 30 days...

Centering Prayer: Recovery For Ministerial Burnout

Centering prayer can help with burnout, so read on for more prayer tips.  Burnout is a big problem. In far too many cases we hear of missionaries who go to the field and then, before long, we learn that they have lost their zeal and came...

A Pilgrimage of Silence to Follow St. Teresa of Avila

In recent years I have made pilgrimages of silence to the places in Spain where John of the Cross and Teresa of Avila lived, worked, and died. I call them pilgrimages of silence because I go alone and in visiting the various sites, try to...

Thomas Keating on Contemplation and Compassion

Our founding editor, Kate Sheehan Roach, sat down with some of the most influential spiritual leaders to talk about compassion. Watch the video with Thomas Keating below to learn about how compassion cultivates unconditional love in our lives and the world. Father Thomas Keating is one of the first pioneers...