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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Anyone in the Atlanta area want to go see Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with friends? brigidswell is planning two group outings to see the new movie, on opening night and the following day at the iMax. Click here for more information, or come to the Brigid's Well meeting on Sunday, November 6 to sign up. … [Read more...]

Gregory of Nyssa, the most mystical of the Cappadocian Fathers

As I said yesterday, when I realized that Evagrius Ponticus was a student of one of the Cappadocian Fathers, I decided that I should read the Cappadocian Father Gregory of Nyssa before Evagrius, rather than the other way around. So that's what I'm doing, and here, therefore, is an introduction to Gregory.First, who are the Cappadocians? They were a fourth century monastic community which produced three towering figures of Christian theology and mysticism: Basil the Great, Gregory Nazianzus, … [Read more...]

101 Mystics: Gregory of Nyssa before Evagrius Ponticus

I don't know how many of you out there in blog-land are actually reading along with me on the 101 mystics, but just in case someone is... I had set up my chronological list of mystics with Evagrius Ponticus coming before Gregory of Nyssa. But in researching Evagrius, I've realized that he was a student of the Cappadocian Father Gregory of Naziansus — and Gregory of Nyssa was also a Cappadocian. So I went back to my notes and realized that Gregory was in fact 10 years older than Evagrius, and so … [Read more...]

New Jerusalem Bible 2006

gratefulbear asked me the other day if I'd be interested in reading the Bible next year, ideally with shared reflection/discussion (among the topics that have already come up: what's the most "Republican" book in the Hebrew Scriptures? The answer may surprise you). This is actually something I've wanted to do ever since I felt called back into Christian practice: in the words of Bishop Spong, do my little bit to "rescue the Bible from fundamentalism." It is such an amazing book, filled with … [Read more...]

Quote of the Day

"Lot went to Joseph and said, 'Abba, as far as I can, I keep a moderate rule, with a little fasting, and prayer, and meditation, and quiet: and as far as I can I try to cleanse my heart of evil thoughts. What else should I do?' Then the hermit stood up and spread out his hands to heaven, and his finger shone like ten flames of fire, and he said, 'If you will, you can become all flame.'"—from The Desert Fathers: Sayings of the Early Christian Monks … [Read more...]