Thomas J. Bushlack, Ph.D.
Teacher. Author. Contemplative Field Guide.
My goal is to share the fruits of contemplation through creative media - from traditional publishing to online learning, plus blogging, podcasting, and guided meditations. Life is the most meaningful and joyful when it is a shared adventure in pursuit of our common good.
Join me in exploring contemplative practices and compassionate social action.
In my day job, I'm associate professor of Theology and Christian Ethics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO, where I'm also the co-director of the Ashley-O'Rourke Center for Health Care Mission. I'm also a Trustee of the Trust for the Meditation Process, an oblate of St. Benedict at St. John's Abbey (Collegeville, MN), and a commissioned presenter of Centering Prayer through Contemplative Outreach, Ltd.
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Wise & Compassionate Voices on Our National Gun Debate
It’s difficult to find balanced, wise, and compassionate voices on political issues like gun violence amid our divided political culture today. But that is exactly why I wanted to offer the two following articles as suggested reading. Both articles have been tremendously helpful for me…
How long, O Lord?
How long, O Lord?… How long must I bear pain in my soul, and have sorrow in my heart all day long? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? Psalm 13:1-2 We must lament and mourn together, and yet we also have the…
A Quirky Reading List for the Contemplative Life
One of my favorite memories from my time as a college student at St. John’s University was the January-term of 2000, my senior year of college. All of my roommates were gone for the month, I wasn’t taking any courses, and I set myself the…
Episode 4: Interview with Phileena Heuertz
I first met Phileena Heuertz at the New Contemplative Exchange in Snowmass, CO, in August 2017, and I knew immediately that I had to interview her for Contemplate This! I have seen firsthand, and experienced myself, how her warmth and compassionate presence draws people to…
A Chance for Free Access to “The 11th Step: Contemplative Prayer & Meditation for 12-Step Recovery”
“Like” Contemplative-U on Facebook! Click the icon and then “like” Contemplative-U, and you’ll be entered to win free access to “The 11th Step: Contemplative Prayer and Meditation for 12-Step Recovery,” a new, ten-day (10-15 min./day) audio course when it’s released in February! The course will…
Can Online Learning Really Change Your Life?
True confession – This whole website is one big experiment, and I don’t always know what I’m doing. My whole reason for creating all the media available here is to support others in beginning and deepening a practice of contemplative prayer and meditation – to…
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