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The cover of Haroon Moghul’s memoir, How to Be a Muslim: An American Story, already tells a tale. Dark blue skyscrapers with pale blue windows ascend the left and right margins. Beyond the two buildings, water rises, cold and threatening. Above that, between the buildings, a bridge stretches, finely decorated with turquoise, red, and pale […]
Fifty years ago, August 17, 2017, I arrived in Sedona, Arizona to begin my contemplative life in the desert with the Spiritual Life Institute. I was young, naïve, and idealistic. Turning 73 next month, I’m no longer young. And I hope no longer naïve, as I purify and refine my ideals through a growing “faith-based […]
The snow kept coming, and so did over two thousand of us who wouldn’t let the weather keep us from making the Climate March on April 29, 2017 in Denver. The wind, wet and cold didn’t dampen our spirits as we chanted, “Love this planet” and “This is what democracy looks like.” Fr. Dave Denny […]
Happy Easter from the Desert Foundation! Christ steps out of the tomb and death is reduced to nothing. Christ rises and the angels are wild with delight. Christ rises and life is set free. Christ rises and the graves are emptied of dead. O yes, for he broke from the tomb like a flower … […]
Ten years ago Fr. Dave Denny and I took Sabeel’s Israel/Palestine Witness Trip. It changed our lives, as you can read in my account, “Jerusalem, Jerusalem” or Fr. Dave’s “Rooftop Oasis.” If you want to know what’s really going on in this vital region and the heroic peacemaking efforts of both Palestinians and Israelis, this […]
Protecting Muslim Neighbors Our Muslim neighbors are among several groups of Americans suffering anxiety and feeling threatened these days. So it is heartening to hear news of non-Muslims expressing solidarity with them. A “Protect Our Muslim Neighbors” rally took place in Denver on February 4. The Denver Post report focused on a Moroccan family and Somali immigrants who […]
A Finished Book and a Broken Heart Last November, my friend Tessa Bielecki and I were delighted with the new edition of Holy Daring, Tessa’s exuberant book about St. Teresa of Avila, with a new foreword by our friend, new monastic Adam Bucko. And December 2016 began with joy and a sense of accomplishment: we […]
If you’d like to learn more about St. Teresa and Holy Daring: The Earthy Mysticism of St. Teresa, the Wild Woman of Avila, you may want to listen to Servet Hassan’s radio interview with Tessa Bielecki. Servet asks some provocative questions about Tessa’s life as a solitary in the wilderness outside Crestone, Colorado and why she […]
A Review of How Do You Pray?, edited by Celeste Yacoboni Softcover: Monkfish Book Publishing, 2014 Reviewed by David M. Denny hen I was a young monk, I read many excerpts from classic texts, from the Desert Fathers up through the Counter Reformation. These works were often didactic. The author knows how to pray, and […]
Happy Easter! To help you celebrate a joyous Feast of the Resurrection, here is Richard Cutler’s painting, “Taking them home.” You can learn more about this Australian artist at www.richardcutler.com.au. Happy Easter from the Desert Foundation!
Christ Carries His Cross As we come to the final and most sacred days of Lent, here is a visual meditation for your Good Friday, Richard Cutler’s painting entitled “Christ carrying his cross.” You can learn more about this Australian artist at www.richardcutler.com.au.
Happy Epiphany and Twelfth Day of Christmas! Christmas begins with a simple birth noted only by animals and shepherds. But as we arrive at the 12th Day, the Feast of the Epiphany, we are amazed that a “simple birth” in an out-of-the-way village has universal significance. Wise men from a foreign country sense that this […]