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About soulcare4u

I am the author of Monks in the World: Seeking God in a Frantic World, published by Wipf & Stock and available through Amazon.com; and of a blog on Wordpress.com, "A Contemplative Path." I serve as the founding spiritual director of The School for Contemplative Living (www.thescl.net), adjunct faculty of Loyola University, and as a pastoral counselor and spiritual director in private practice.

Brothers: One Buddhist Monk, One Christian faux monk.

Today I was blessed to sit in meditation with my new friend and brother, Thich Thien Tri, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk who leads the Zen and Mind Family and teaches in New Orleans East and at local universities. First we … Continue reading

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How Advent Actually Happens in Cold, Dark, Desperate Places: Compassion Cultivation at Angola

“Desperate” is defined as “involving a hopeless sense that a situation is so bad as to be impossible to deal with.” Synonyms for “Advent” include “arrival, appearance, emergence, materialization, occurrence, dawn, birth, rise, development.” Compassion warriors show up in desperate … Continue reading

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Radiance

We radiate what is inside us. That is a simple principle of human existence. If I plant the seeds for pumpkins, and cultivate pumpkins, pumpkins will grow. The same is true for whatever I plant and cultivate in my life. … Continue reading

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Putting our fears in the cradle of Loving-Kindness

I am inviting you to join me in a beautiful and terribly needed practice in these days of constant fear/anxiety/worry/heartache. Isn’t it time for putting our fears in the cradle of Loving-Kindness? The global community feels the shockwave every time … Continue reading

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I was back in prison today…

…and I watched a tear drop onto his chocolate cheek, as Mr. A told the story of his transformation from who he was, decades ago when he took a life as a teenager, to who he is now, and to … Continue reading

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When visions come…

We had come from around the world, from every continent, as a global community seeking to cultivate compassion and learning to teach the same. We were beginners all, no matter our fields of service, which is how things work for … Continue reading

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Fighting compulsions on a Sabbath

Cypress swamp worship is a great way to worship on a Sabbath, out here with the birds and locusts singing the hymns, the wind in the trees speaking of Spirit, and me doing my job: standing in awe. Worship at … Continue reading

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