Whirling Dervishes!

Atlanta's Rialto Theater presents:The Whirling Dervishes of Turkey The Sacred Dance of Mevlevi Sufis Saturday, November 10 at 8:00 PMWith the 800th birthday year of the great Muslim mystic and poet Rumi, the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey take the Rialto stage. It is scientifically recognized that the fundamental condition of our existence is to revolve. Although most of these revolutions are natural and unconscious, the Whirling Dervishes intentionally and consciously participate in the … [Read more...]

Two new pages

I've added two new pages to the Spiritual Formation section of this website:The Rosary Spiritual DirectionEnjoy! … [Read more...]

The Shack

The Shack By William P. Young Windblown Media, 2007 Review by Carl McColmanThere's a fair amount of hype surrounding this slender work of independently-published Christian fiction from first-time author William P. Young. Eugene Peterson (of The Message fame) gushes that it could be the Pilgrim's Progress of our generation. My own friend Mike Morrell (who first told me about the book) says "If you read one work of fiction this year, let this be it."Well... for once I'm happy to join in the … [Read more...]


A professor of mine in graduate school told the story of a young man (back before cars etc.) who grew up in a remote mountain setting next to a huge waterfall. Having lived his whole life next to the waterfall, he basically didn't hear the roar of water as it thundered over the cliff into the canyon below. Years went by and when he reached adulthood he kissed his parents and gathered his belongings to make his way into the world. For the first time, he climbed down the steep mountain, away from … [Read more...]

The Prior’s Column

I just discovered another blog worth getting to know: The Prior's Column by Bede Thomas Mudge, OHC. I met Br. Bede almost twenty years ago when the Episcopal Order of the Holy Cross still had a small monastery in South Carolina; I only made one retreat there but I remember him as a gentle and sweet man. I doubt if he'll remember me, but that's okay. I was just a nervous young pup in his 20s who couldn't figure out why I wanted to get married but was also so interested in monasticism (two decades … [Read more...]


Last night I went down to our friendly neighborhood Borders and I bought a journal. Yep, a blank-book type of journal. Got a really pretty one, with a cover design straight out of the book of Kells, it looks like this:So why did I invest my shekels into something a low-tech as a journal? Well, I'm conducting an experiment. … [Read more...]

Purity and Hospitality

Today I thought about "Purity Rings." They're popular among young people nowadays. They are worn as part of a vow to abstain from certain sexual activities such as pre-marital or extra-marital intercourse. In and of themselves, I suppose they can be meaningful to those who wear them, as a sign of holding and maintaining important boundaries in a culture that all too often has no clue what "boundaries" are.But what bothers me is not so much that we pay so much attention to purity, but rather … [Read more...]