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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 Desert Mothers: Amma Syncletica

(The following is Part Two from the workshop on the Desert Mystics that I presented June 4, 2022, for the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange at their Center for Spiritual Development, Orange, California) On a chilly March morning, during … Continue reading

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Press Release for my new book, Desert Spirituality for Men

Inspired by Richard Rohr, Ronald Rolheiser, Belden Lane, and Thomas Merton, Desert Spirituality for Men reveals the transformative and healing power of the desert—for men who actively seek God. Blending a memoir of his son’s fight for life, reflections on … Continue reading

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My new book has been published: Desert Spirituality for Men

Good News! My new book, Desert Spirituality for Men, is now available to order from my publisher Wipf and Stock. Here are some endorsements: “Equal parts travelogue and diary, confession and acknowledgment of the many people who helped him along … Continue reading

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The Desert Mothers of Egypt Part I, Amma Mary the Harlot

(The following is Part One from Encountering Your True Self with the Desert Mystics, presented June 4, 2022, at the Center for Spiritual Development, Orange, California; a ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange). Thank you for joining … Continue reading

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The Desert Mystics: Anthony of the Desert

On a mild December morning, I am walking in the desert near Lone Pine, California, on a cattle trail through spindly creosote and fragrant sagebrush toward Mount Whitney and the Sierra Nevada mountains. In this desert landscape, where I feel … Continue reading

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The Desert Mystics: Abba Moses the Black

(The following is Part One, Abba Moses the Black, from my workshop, Encountering Your True Self with the Desert Mystics, presented at the Center for Spiritual Development, The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange, Saturday, February 5, 2022.) I am … Continue reading

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Registration Now Open for Seminar on Desert Mystics

I invite you to join me at my seminar on the Desert Mystics, Saturday, February 5th, from 10 am to noon (Pacific Standard Time) on Zoom. This will be Part One of a Two Part series. Part One is an … Continue reading

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The Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ According to Father Gordon Moreland, SJ

(The following blog is from a chapter in my new book, Desert Spirituality for Men, to be published by Wipf and Stock in February 2022) Jesus performed many other signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded … Continue reading

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Why are Women more Spiritual than Men?

Late have I loved you. Beauty so ancient and so new, late have I loved you! Lo, you were within, but I outside, seeking there for you, and upon the shapely things you have made I rushed    headlong. I, … Continue reading

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Meeting God at the Rose Bowl: Coach Tom Hamilton and Stacy Harvey

Football is like life. It requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication, and respect for authority. —Coach Vince Lombardi.[1] Some people come into our life, and we are never the same persons. Their presence, friendship, and honesty with us in … Continue reading

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