Why Pray

As the firstborn child growing up in a seriously religious home I took my childhood religion seriously – in retrospect, far too seriously. Daily personal prayer was a stable part of my life for several decades until the… Continue Reading »

Faith and Belief

This is the third of a 4-part interview of me by Dr. Jackie Stinton – a psychologist and spiritual director who lives in Calgary. Watch for the final instalment of this wide-ranging interview to be published here later… Continue Reading »

What Brings You Life?

One of the things I am always interested to discover when I talk with people about their journey is their most important life practice. By this, I don’t mean something they feel they should do but what they… Continue Reading »

The Glory of Being Fully Alive

One day a spiritual teacher asked his disciples why God made humans.  One of them – an eager young man – answered almost immediately, “That, teacher, is easy.  So we can pray.”  After a brief silence, the teacher… Continue Reading »

More Gifts from the Mystics

My last blog, Learning from the Mystics, was too short to be much more than a teaser on the subject of learning from the mystics.  So, let me carry it a bit further forward by identifying two more… Continue Reading »

Mysteries that Hold

Christians who are attentive to the Christian calendar that structures the year around the great mysteries of our faith are aware that we are now in the season of Lent. This season of preparation for Holy Week and… Continue Reading »

Meditation and Contemplative Prayer: An Interview

Dr. Donald Woodside is a recently retired psychiatrist with whom I worked closely for many years. But more than that, he has been a valued friend and spiritual companion. His spiritual journey draws together Christian faith with Buddhist… Continue Reading »

Prayer & Transformation

Talk of transformation runs the risk of being dismissed as hyperbole.  In terms of personal change, most of us know only the frustrations and extremely modest progress we have experienced in our spiritual and psychological self-improvement projects.  Perhaps… Continue Reading »

Opening to God

Just imagine how different your life would be if moment by moment you were constantly open to God.  Think of how much your experience of yourself, others and the world would change if you were continuously attuned to… Continue Reading »