Friends, it’s a movement…

So what do Thomas Merton, Thich Nhat Hanh, Raimon Panikkar, Ken Wilber, Bede Griffiths, Ravi Ravindra and Henry Le Saux (aka Swami Abhishiktananda) have in common?They've all done work involving the question of Christian spirituality in conversation with one or more forms of eastern mysticism. Some of them are Christians, some not, and at least one of them seems to have radically blurred the line between the two. For some of these folks, the east-west conversation seems to be the central or … [Read more...]

Mysticism feels good

Back in the 1990s I saw a bumper sticker that declared, simply, "The Truth Feels Good." I've thought about that bumper sticker a lot since then. I think it's a fascinating declaration. Lately I've begun to wonder how it squares with Christian doctrine. Christianity certainly has an ethic of sufffering, victimization and martyrdom, none of which (in my experience) feel so great. But the point is, of course, to seek a higher good than merely one's own fleeing feelings. It is painful to devote … [Read more...]

Thomas Merton

I've just posted to the Mystics section of this website a page about Thomas Merton.Click here to visit it. … [Read more...]

Tita’s Catacomb

Google Alerts notifies me whenever a blogger mentions contemplative prayer (among several other topics I keep an eye on). This morning, it directed me to a reference to contemplation in a blog called Tita's Catacomb: Reclaiming Sexuality and Soul. Most bloggers write about contemplative prayer either to celebrate it or condemn it, but right away I saw that this blog belonged to a category all its own. Its description pretty much says it all: "A written commentary documenting my efforts to … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

A philosophy without theology is irrelevant, and a theology without philosophy is a more or less superstitious credulity. — Raimon Panikkar, Christophany: The Fullness of Man … [Read more...]

Thanksgiving

To all my USA readers, happy thanksgiving!Thanksgiving reminds me of an old Irish festival called Lughnasa. Lughnasa (literally, "the assembly of Lugh") was a month-long harvest festival that took place at the time of the grain harvest (probably late July or early August); it was marked not only by feasting, but also by sporting events and much pageantry. Here in America, we've moved our harvest festival to the end of the season (late November), but thanks to the mass media, in addition to our … [Read more...]

Quotes for the Day

In Louisville, at the corner of Fourth and Walnut, in the center of the shopping district, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the realization that I loved all those people, that they were mine and I theirs, that we could not be alien to one another even though we were total strangers. It was like waking from a dream of separateness, of spurious self-isolation in a special world, the world of renunciation and supposed holiness. ... This sense of liberation from an illusory difference was such a … [Read more...]


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