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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.

My New Book Cover

Here is the book cover for my new book Desert Spirit Places: The Sacred Southwest, being published by Wipf and Stock in new couple of weeks.

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Sacred Space: Mondays with Father Gordon SJ

All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small, All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God made them all. Each little flower that opens, Each little bird that sings, He made their glowing colours, He made their tiny wings. Cecil … Continue reading

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Preview of New Book: Desert Spirit Places

My new book: Desert Spirit Places: The Sacred Southwest will be published in next few months.  Here is a description of the book and some of the endorsements: Desert Spirit Places: The Sacred Southwest, Brad Karelius. To be published by Wipf and … Continue reading

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Desert Night Sky: The Alabama Hills

“One may try to look at the sky, but in fact one looks through it…. for no matter how deeply one sees into the sky, there is always an infinite depth remaining.” Thomas McEvilley The green overhead street sight for … Continue reading

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Tony Hillerman: Reading the Signs

A feeling of mystical presence is very real when one looks upon the landscape of the Southwest. A region of scarce water and endless vistas, the Southwest has been a spiritual homeland for countless people, both indigenous and transplanted to … Continue reading

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Second Naivete

“Beyond the desert of criticism, we wish to be called again” Paul Ricoeur, The Symbolism of Evil Holy sand that heals? Stone fetish carvings that are alive? Desert monks who see visions? Wilderness weeds which cure? Entheogens that help you … Continue reading

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Revelations in Mystery Valley

Father Brad: How do you know when you are in a sacred place? Harry Nez: Wherever I am at this moment is a sacred place. The sacred is all around us. Fine red powdery desert dust covered the tires of … Continue reading

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