A Short Prayer Pierces the Cloud of Unknowing

Last week I talked to you about Contemplative Meditation and the ways that the practice of pondering profound writings and the nature of our condition changes as we progress through the contemplative life. In a very similar fashion personal prayer changes as well. By using the term personal prayer the author of The Cloud wants … Continue reading A Short Prayer Pierces the Cloud of Unknowing

Contemplative Meditation: Seeing Spiritual Truths

This a continuation of last week's article Study, Reflection, and Prayer. The Cloud of Unknowing says that these three practices are absolutely necessary for beginners, and even those somewhat advanced, in contemplation. The word reflection is actually used synonymously with the word meditation. Meditation means to think over something and reflect upon it. Before we … Continue reading Contemplative Meditation: Seeing Spiritual Truths

Befriending Death: Harry Potter and Origen of Alexandria

Throughout May and June we will be having a series of reflections shared by Michael Petrow. Michael is a scholar of Origen, who was a brilliant early Christian theologian from the second century. Even though Origen's name has been tarnished with the label of heresy, his writing has had as much impact on Christianity as … Continue reading Befriending Death: Harry Potter and Origen of Alexandria