The Trappists

Twice in the last six months I've visited Our Lady of the Holy Spirit, a Trappist Monastery in Conyers, not far from where I live near Atlanta. I had only been there two or three times previously, in all the years that I've lived here; never mind all my interest in contemplative spirituality and mysticism. Here is one of the most dedicated living traditions of Western mysticism, a tradition with a documented lineage of over 900 years, and I've basically just ignored it. To my own loss, to be … [Read more...]

Good Omens

While I was in London, my friends Gwen and Rob gave me a gift — a copy of Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. At some point in our rambling conversation the book had come up, and I confessed that I had never read it. Rob wanted to make sure that this horrendous gap in my cultural literacy was repaired, and quickly.How glad I am that he cared! I devoured the book on my plane ride home, making it easily the most enjoyable transatlantic flight of my life thus far. I post this as a wa … [Read more...]