Contemplate This!

--- Thomas J. Bushlack ---

“Contemplate This!” features interviews with leaders and teachers of contemplative practices (mindfulness, meditation, contemplative prayer, etc.) in order to learn about their history, how they became involved in contemplation, what their daily practice looks like, how they teach and share the fruits of contemplation with others – and most importantly – how their practice has transformed them and inspired their work to transform others and the world around them.

Brought to you by Thomas J. Bushlack of Contemplate This!

Latest Episodes…

  1. Episode 22: Interview with Fr. Bill Sheehan, OMI

    Fr. Bill dives deep into the practice of Centering Prayer right from the first question in this episode. Jim McElroy, my guest on [episode 19](, mentioned Fr. Bill Sheehan as a frequent retreat leader in the 12-Step Contemplative Outreach community, and he suggested inviting Bill to be a guest. This ...


  2. Episode 21: Interview with Fr. Columba Stewart, OSB

    Fr. Columba Stewart is kind of like a cross between a Benedictine monk and Indiana Jones! Since becoming the executive director of the Hill Monastic Manuscript Library (HMML) at St. John’s Abbey in 2003, Columba has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and India, ...


  3. Episode 20: Interview with Michael Poffenberger

    **Michael Poffenberger** is the Executive Director of the Center for Action & Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and he is part of a younger generation of leaders seeking to integrate contemplative practices with compassionate social action. Michael was inspired in college by spending time with Saint Mother Teresa and ...


  4. Episode 19: Contemplation & 12-Step Recovery with Jim McElroy

    I first met Jim McElroy when he facilitated a workshop through our local St. Louis chapter of Contemplative Outreach in St. Louis. Although very soft-spoken and quite humble, Jim's presence and teaching immediately took me to a deeper place in my Centering Prayer practice. Recently I was at ...


  5. Episode 18: Interview with Dr. Jill Wener

    After 10+ years practicing Internal Medicine in a busy urban hospital, Dr Jill Wener knows firsthand what severe stress and burnout feel like. In the midst of her own burnout, she was introduced to [Conscious Health Meditation](, and it had a profound effect on her resilience and reactivity. Like many ...