Some Timely Contemplative Reading for a Troubled World

  Cape Cod, MA. I am about to blog about the beginning of my sabbatical, but more immediately and first I would like to call your attention to a fine journal, Dilatato Corde (perhaps, “With An Open Heart”) which appears online and also in printed form. It is a Catholic journal in the Benedictine tradition dedicated to interreligious understanding, with a particular emphasis on spiritual and monastic exchange among the many religions of the world and, indeed, is published by a leading promoter of interreligious spiritual exchange, Monastic Interreligious Dialogue

There are now six past issues available at the site, as well as the current one , which has a rich range of reflective essays on practical and more theoretical aspects of the interreligious and contemplative exchange.

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As you will see, a typical issue includes reflective articles that present experiences and theologies of contemplation, as well as the dialogues that are made possible for those committed to the contemplative way. There are also reviews of relevant books. The entire venture is very much in the spirit of Thomas Merton, Henri LeSaux, and Raimundo Panikkar; we can be grateful to the editor, Pierre-François de Béthune, OSB and Associate Editor, William Skudlarek, OSB for their creative imagination and leadership in making this still new journal available. (I am happy to serve on the Board of Advisors.)

Take a look; in troubled times, this is a source of deeper wisdom a much needed peaceful exchange.

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