Intimate Meanderings, a book by Morgan Zo-Callahan & friends

Dan Berrigan, our great friend and contributor, says, "This book is an amazing potpourri of wisdom. I am so grateful to you and the friends. Intimate Meanderings
should be required reading in every Jesuit tent."

We hope our book finds its way into your tent too. We have attempted to start, or enhance, conversations about some of life’s concerns that are worth talking about: hospice care in the context of living life fully; both western and eastern spirituality, from Buddhist meditation practice to modern reflections on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius; taking action and making a difference in the world as spiritual practice; and working with the paths of teaching and creativity.

Although a website is not quite the same as being able to go into a bookstore, pick up book, and thumb through it, in an attempt to recreate some of that experience we’ve posted articles, poems, reflections, and conversations from the book. They are all offered in the spirit of friendship.

Among the friends who wrote pieces and shared their perspectives in Meanderings are several former Jesuits and one Jesuit, Buddhists, Christians with strong Buddhist leanings, Hindus, women, activists, academics and teachers. We are: Rufina Amaya, Dan Berrigan, Gene Bianchi, Bob Brophy, Morgan Zo-Callahan, "Ed," Don Foran, Sam Haycraft, Ken Ireland, Jiyu-Kennet, Bob Kaiser, John Lounibos, Don Maloney, Doug McFerran, Joe Mitchell, Eng Moy, Robert Rahl, Elizabeth Russell, Gary Schouborg, Rebecca Sheppard, Joyce Sin, Dilip Trasi, Nitin Trasi, Dave W. Van Etten, and Harry Wu.

Here is a taste of what is available in Meanderings. John Lounibos’s account of his experience studying the Sufi mystic and scholar Al-Ghazali, My Path to Islam, points to a possible spiritual opening to Islam and Western Muslims after the events of 9/11. Ken Ireland's Buddha, S.J. is a careful reconstruction of the real encounter in 1549 between St. Francis Xavier and a Zen roshi. It is, as far as we know, the first recorded encounter between European Christianity and Zen. Jesuit interest in Zen

practice continues to produce extraordinary insights and has deepened the prayer life of many modern Christians. In The Path of No-Seeking, Morgan wrote about Master Adi Da (Franklin Jones), and shares his experience of being Da's student.

If you scroll down the Table of Contents below, you will find links to other interesting articles.

Buying the book is not only a way of joining the conversation—it is the best way you can support our work. Intimate Meanderings is now available online, including an eBook version, from iUniverse.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, John Lounibos, Ph.D.

Introduction, Ken Ireland

My Debt of Gratitude, Morgan Zo-Callahan



Part I

Section 1, The Art of Living Fully

Although the World is Full of Suffering, Death, Dying and Living Fully, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

Death Too Is a Gift, The Grace of Hospice, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

Not an Emergency, an Emergence, Hastening Death, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

The Gift of Tears, by Ken Ireland

Drape All the Mirrors, A Poem for my aunt, by Ken Ireland

Small Solitudes:  Lonely Search for Meaning, A Poem by Sophie Katz

From Reading Under the Covers, by Elizabeth Goodell Russell, Ed.D.

Two Poems of Remembrance, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

“It's the Living that Counts!” Eulogies, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

Mountain Ash, The River, Cat Talk, Poems by Don Foran, Ph.D.

Touch Hands, Nigra sum sed formosa, Spring Sunlight, Stardance, Poems by Robert R. Rahl

Section 2, The Group and the Classroom

Love of Learning, Love of Learners, Teaching as Vocation, by Don Foran, Ph.D.

Always Making Dates in my Mind that my Body Can't Keep, A Recreation Therapist’s Notes, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

Body, Breath, Movement, Mind: “Therapist, Heal Thyself!” A Training  for Physiotherapists and Movement Therapists, by Morgan Zo-Callahan and Marcus Holly

Teaching Those in the Venerable Years, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

With Our Own Eyes, With Our Own Hearts, A workshop on Stress for Those in Helping Professions, by Morgan Zo-Callahan and  Ken Ireland


Part II

Who We Are, A Poem and Introduction to Activism and Volunteering by Don Foran, Ph.D.

Hooray for Jackie Robinson! Activism and Volunteering, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

Some, A Poem by Dan Berrigan, S.J.

As Yellow Flowers to the Butterfly, De Brébeuf, Verses for Jubilee 2000, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

Matraca, Visiting Southern Mexico’s Street Children, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

Leticia, Angelina and Guadalupe Can Change the World—if given the Chance! The Story of Casa Matraca and Advocacy for Homeless and/or Working Children, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

Being Outside What We are Inside, Thoughts on Community Organizing, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

Call to Be Transparent: Protesting the School of the Americas/WHINSEC, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

Witness to Inhumanity, A Conversation with a Hero, Rufina Amaya

Rebel Mentor, A Conversation with Robert Brophy, Ph.D.

Redondo Beach, A Poem by Robert Brophy

Trouble Maker, A Conversation with Harry Wu

The Crux of the Tibetan Problem, European Parliament Forum on Tibet: EU Response to Sino-Tibetan Dialogue, by Harry Wu



Part III

Section I, Western Approaches

"Trans-Traditional Spirituality" and the Tao Te Ching, A Conversation with Gene Bianchi, Ph.D.

Inclined Toward Love: Notes while doing the Spiritual Exercises, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

Buddha, S.J., by Ken Ireland

Contemplating Out Loud, Presenting the Spiritual Exercises for People Like Me, A Conversation with Doug McFerran

Becoming Whole: Spiritual Exercises and Therapy, by Ed, Ph.D.

Gabriel Whispers to Muhammad: Be a Prophet of Peace, by Morgan Zo-Callahan and Ken Ireland

My Path to Islam, by John Lounibos, Ph.D.

Can One be Muslim and Christian?, by Robert Blair Kaiser

Jesus: Beloved Disciple, but not the Belovedest, by David W. Van Etten

Unconditional Well-Being, Allowing Gestation in Mind and Soul, A Conversation with Gary Schouborg, Ph.D.

The Old Man and the War, by Rev. Sam Haycraft


Section II, Eastern Influences

Big Dog Chews the Fat: Just Sit, A Conversation with Ken Ireland

Zen Is Eternal Life, A Conversation with Jiyu-Kennett

The Path of No-seeking, Working with Franklin Jones, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

A Disciple of Satya Sai Baba, A Conversation with Dilip Trasi

“I Meditate...and I also Live!” Vipassana: Insight into Non-Self through Mindfulness, A Conversation with Nitin Trasi, M.D.

Taking the Next Step, A Note on Activism as a Spiritual Practice, by Ken Ireland

Unlocking Inner Peace: Vipassana Meditation in Prisons, by Rebecca Shepard

Bathing Baby Buddha, Studying the Vinaya for the 21st Century, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

Golden Paper Mercedes-Benz, Reflections on Rituals, Chanting, Burning and Sacred Dance, by Morgan Zo-Callahan

I was the Male Swan in "Swan Lake", by Joyce Sin

Like Buddha, We are Human Beings Trying to Understand and End Suffering, A Conversation with Eng Moy, M.D.

“We Inter-Are,” Contemplating Virtue from my Hospital Bed, 1989, Hollywood by Morgan Zo-Callahan


Appendix I: Web-sites/Resources of Interest: Death, Dying, Living Fully (Morgan Zo-Callahan and Ken Ireland, eds.)

Appendix II: Resources for the World of Islam (complied by Morgan Zo-Callahan, Ken Ireland); and Short Bibliography on Islam (John Lounibos, Ph.D.)

Appendix III: Websites and Resources for the Spiritual Exercises (complied by Morgan Zo-Callahan, Ken Ireland)