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Shine On You Immortal Diamond

by Carl McColman

Franciscan Friar Richard Rohr just keeps releasing wonderful books. Immortal Diamond: The Search For Our True Self picks up the language of Cistercian authors like Thomas Merton and M. Basil Pennington, who have written about the “true self” and the “false self” as ways of understanding the spirituality of being human. These terms point to […]

Six Minutes of Gratitude

by Carl McColman

This video has been on Youtube for almost two years now, so you may already be familiar with it. But if, like me up until Sunday, you’ve never seen it, then give yourself the treat of watching. It’s only about six minutes long, features gorgeous cinematography, a precocious little girl at the beginning who is […]

The Spirituality of Howard Thurman

by Carl McColman

Check out the following video… it features a friend of mine (Lerita Coleman Brown) and author Kirk Byron Jones discussing the spirituality of the great American mystic Howard Thurman, his influence on Martin Luther King, Jr., and how a balanced spirituality of contemplation and action was so inspirational for the American Civil Rights movement. Well […]

Two More Wonderful Videos: Tilden Edwards and Richard Rohr

by Carl McColman

The treasures from Shalem, in honor of its 40th anniversary, just keep coming! Last week I posted a wonderful video featuring Shalem’s founder, Tilden Edwards, in conversation with a former Shalem director Carole Crumley and the Franciscan contemplative Richard Rohr. That video looked at how our  understanding of contemplation has changed over the past four […]

How the Understanding of Christian Contemplation has Changed: Carole Crumley interviews Tilden Edwards and Richard Rohr

by Carl McColman

Here is a must-watch video — Carole Crumley of the Shalem Institute interviews two of the “elder statesmen” of the contemporary contemplative movement: Tilden Edwards (the founder of Shalem) and Richard Rohr of the Center for Action and Contemplation. The video was produced as part of the Shalem’s observance of its 40th anniversary, and the […]

The Evelyn Underhill Rosary

by Carl McColman

I’ve just finished reading The Letters of Evelyn Underhill (which were published in 1943 and edited by Charles Williams). It’s such a wonderful book; I think anyone who is a spiritual director (or who sees a spiritual director), spiritual companion, or soul friend, would find much to treasure in this collection. Although the collection includes […]