On Ash Wednesday, Christians inaugurate the sacred season of Lent, 40 days of reflection and “purification” to prepare us for Easter, when we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. For your daily reflection over these 40 days, we’ll post meditations Tessa Bielecki edited from “The Desert Experience,” an essay by William McNamara, founder of the Spiritual […]
I recently received a comment on my earlier post, “Are Muslims a Threat to Us?” I posted my reply on that page, but want to publish it here, too: Thanks for responding, Fr. Romansky. After some positive responses to “Are Muslims a Threat to Us?”, I am not surprised by your challenge. First I have […]
The satirical French magazine Charlie Hebdo was attacked by young French Islamic radicals in January. The same day, another young fanatic held Jewish hostages in a Parisian kosher market. In the end, seventeen people died. When I heard this, I felt the horror and dread so many of us share. Just days before the shootings, […]
Our Winter Caravans newsletter is now available here. Hope you enjoy our look back at the past months and news of upcoming events. We also include Donna Couch’s wonderful review of Season of Glad Songs, our Christmas anthology. By the way, Season of Glad Songs makes a wonderful holiday gift.
Join Tessa Bielecki and Fr. David Denny for Pilgrimage of the Heart: Wisdom from Christian Contemplatives and Hermits a morning retreat at First Congregational Church in Colorado Springs. We will explore practical ways of living more contemplatively and suggest ways to celebrate a festive, sane, contemplative atmosphere during the Advent Season and Christmas. Find out […]
A review of Woman, Man, and God in Modern Islam, by Theodore Friend (Eerdmans, Grand Rapids, 2012, 378 pages) For thirty years I lived at the Spiritual Life Institute, a monastic community that offers hospitality and solitude to retreatants who wish to go into the desert to pray. One of our most fascinating guests was […]
Ever since moving into my hermitage called al Hadiyah (Arabic for “the gift”), I have greeted visitors with my favorite Arabic greeting: Ahlan wa sahlan, which means, roughly translated, “These are your people and may this be your welcoming land.” You step into my entry gallery onto a red and black carpet given to me […]
Listening to John Esposito The Desert Foundation has been concerned about the rise of Islamophobia in the United States and Europe especially since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Last June I heard a news report on a Tennessee town in which a young Muslim expressed her fear and sorrow after an attack on her mosque. I […]