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About fatherbrad1971

Professor of Philosophy and World Religions at Saddleback Community College, Mission Viejo, CA. Episcopal priest since 1971 in Diocese of Los Angeles (retired). Owner of Desert Spirit Press, publishers of books on desert spirituality. Author, "The Spirit in the Desert: PIlgrimages to Sacred Sites in the Owens Valley." and "Encounters with the World's Religions: the Numinous on Highway 395". Memberships: Nevada Archaeological Association, Western Writers of America, California Cattlemen's Association, American Association of University Professors, Outdoor Writers of California, American Academy of Religion, Western Folklore Association.

Journey in the Desert: A Spiritual Treasure Map. July 25, 2020

  An Online Session: Journey in the Desert: A Spiritual Treasure Map     Presented by: Fr. Brad Karelius Join others online as we explore treasures of the desert experienced by Jesus and the monastics- solitude, silence, and surrender, using … Continue reading

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Home is Right Here: A Revision for our home-bound days

Home is right here! Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. Robert Frost, The Death of the Hired Man. More than anything else, we long for home. Our deep ache … Continue reading

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The World’s Best Cup of Coffee: Memories of East and West Germany

“The man who fears to be alone will never be anything but lonely, no matter how much he may surround himself with people. But the man who learns, in solitude and recollection, to be at peace with his own loneliness, … Continue reading

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Avant-Garde Priest

“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and … Continue reading

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Singing Sand Dunes of Death Valley

“The feeling of it may at times come sweeping like a gentle tide pervading the mind with a tranquil mood of deepest worship. It may pass over into a more set and lasting attitude of the soul, continuing, as it … Continue reading

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Vinterresa/Winter Journey: Lima, Sweden to Roros Norway

“From 1854 onward a yearly market shall be held in Roros, commencing the second to last Tuesday in the month of February, and lasting until the following Friday.” Oscar I, King of Sweden and Norway. In May 2019, when my … Continue reading

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Desert Angels of Dunmovin

Bleak, stripped, burned-out shells of rock-walled buildings present skeletal remains of the desert ghost town of Dunmovin, California, on the west side of Highway 395, between Little Lake and Olancha, in the shadows of Mountain Whitney and the Sierra Nevada. … Continue reading

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On The Road: Part III

“The Desert Fathers believed that the wilderness had been created supremely valuable in the eyes of God precisely because it had no value to men. The wasteland was the land that could never be wasted by men because it offered … Continue reading

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On the Road: Part II

This is Part II from the workshop on Spirituality for Men, which I presented at the Emmaus Spiritual Ministries Center of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, Saturday, 4 August 2019, in Orange, California. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rcqwN7-scI This recording was made … Continue reading

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On the Road: Part One

The following is Part One of my three-part workshop, “One the Road: A Spirituality Series for Men”, which I presented on Saturday 3 August 2019 at the Emmaus Spiritual Ministries Center, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange, … Continue reading

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