“Three Types of Suffering”
by Fr. John Oliver

Hearts and Minds
July 4, 2016

Father John Oliver teaches us about three types of suffering and the healing of the paralytic in John 5.

“The struggle is what we bring to God, only what we bring, because deliverance in His job.”


Fr. John Oliver is the priest of St Elizabeth Orthodox Christian Church, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He is the author of numerous articles and essays, and of Touching Heaven: Discovering Orthodox Christianity on the Island of Valaam, published by Conciliar Press. His newest book is Giver of Life: The Holy Spirit in the Orthodox Christian Tradition which will be published soon by Paraclete Press. A graduate of St Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, he joined the faculty as instructor in Old and New Testament and American Religious History.  He and his wife Lara have three daughters and two sons.

“Singing the Psalms: How to Chant in the Christian Contemplative Tradition”
by Rev. Cynthia Bourgeault

Fifteen hundred years ago, Saint Benedict established a system of prayer and work for the monks in his Italian monastery – that monastics worldwide still follow today. At the center of this prayerful tradition is the integration of body and spirit with the chanting of the psalms. On Singing the Psalms Episcopal priest Cynthia Bourgeault teaches us how the 150 psalms of praise and supplication to God can awaken us with rich spiritual and psychological insights.  For many years she has been singing the psalms with the Camaldolese Benedictines of Big Sur, California and with the monks of St. Benedict’s Monastery in Snowmass, Colorado. These teaching are a direct result of her spiritual experiences and are an excellent addition to any practice group or solitary.

Here is a sample from the beautiful teaching series Singing the Psalms: How to Chant in the Christian Contemplative Tradition by Cynthia Bourgault. In this audio sample Cynthia talks about Centering Prayer. If you are unfamiliar with Centering Prayer you may want to check out the video I published a few weeks ago of Fr. Thomas Keating’s fabulous teaching on the subject.


“Present to Life, Moment by Moment | Jon Kabat-Zinn”
by Krista Tippett

Becoming Wise
May, 9, 2016

I recently discovered Becoming Wise, a beautiful podcast produced by Peabody Award-winning journalist Krista Tippett. I’ve only heard a few episodes but it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Take a listen… I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.