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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.

The Peacemaker-Der Friedensstifter: One Lutheran Pastor’s Grassroots Movement that led to the opening of the Berlin Wall and deconstruction of Communist East Germany.

“The followers of Christ have been called to peace…. And they must not only have peace but make it. And to that end they renounce all violence and tumult.  In the cause of Christ nothing is to be gained by … Continue reading

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Practicing the Presence of God: Contemplative Prayer, Centering Prayer

This is the third and final section of the workshop I presented on 29 August 2020: “Prayer Practices to Nourish Men (and Everyone)”, from the Center for Spiritual Development in Orange, California, Sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of … Continue reading

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Finding Gratitude, Practicing the Examen Prayer: Prayer Practices to Nourish Men (and Everyone) Part Two

The following comes from the second part of a workshop on spirituality for men that I presented at the Center for Spiritual Development, Orange, California, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange, August 29, 2020. “Twice a day, … Continue reading

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Prayer Forms to Nourish Men. Part One: Compline/Night Prayer

We must know that God regards our purity of heart and tears of compunction, not our many words. Prayer should therefore be short and pure, unless perhaps it is prolonged under the inspiration of divine grace. In community, however, prayer … Continue reading

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Lord, Teach Us to Pray

An invitation to men seeking to develop their prayer life:  I will be offering an online spirituality program for men: Lord, Teach us to Pray, on Saturday, August 29, 2020, from 9am to noon. This session is part of the … Continue reading

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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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