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5 Contemplative Steps for Moving from Intent to Action

Here are 5 contemplative steps to help us move our inward intentions into true outward actions in our lives. Fully awake, fully active, fully aware is Thomas Merton’s description of contemplation. Living in ways that keep us awake, aware, and active may be difficult. By resting...

A Tribute to Christian Contemplative Beatrice Bruteau

Who was Christian contemplative Beatrice Beatrice Bruteau? Read Cynthia Borgeault's article to find out more about this highly influential modern mystic.  An Introduction to Beatrice Bruteau Beatrice Bruteau—scholar, teacher, interspiritual pioneer, and intrepid explorer of the evolutionary edge of consciousness—quietly departed this earth plane on November 16, 2014, at...

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...

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...

A Stranger No More

Who is the stranger? Nass Cannon reflects on the stranger, using personal life experiences and writings from Thomas Moore and Albert Camus. *** An auto accident disrupts my planned presentation at the Seventh General Meeting of The Thomas Merton Society Meeting of Great Britain and Ireland. Through...

Six Steps to Starting a Life in Prayer

My path to a life in prayer came after nearly thirty years of working in a church when I held my first granddaughter in my arms. I learned that a life in prayer is born from silence and a willingness to surrender into the Word of...