The Conversation Continues…

Well, Diane of the ARE THERE NO MORE IDOLS? blog has left a detailed comment in response to my post from last week, A Conversation about Mysticism. Even though I disagree with much of what she writes, I'm glad she's willing to keep the conversation going. Rather than leaving it buried within the comments section of a week-old post, I thought I'd reproduce her comment in full, along with my response, here. Readers of my blog may be unaccustomed to seeing me write in a way that uses the language … [Read more...]

Everytime you look at me I just keep laughing

I'm always saddened when I meet religious people who seem bitter, angry, frightened, or otherwise unhappy.It takes many forms: a piety that doesn't know how to smile... thinly-veiled hostility toward people seen as different, just because they're different... anxiety about "getting it right," whether "it" means believing correctly, behaving correctly, performing rituals correctly, or voting correctly... fear of the devil, which unfolds into a generalized fear of the "other," particularly other … [Read more...]

The Dark Night of the Soul for free…

Here's an entry to this blog I originally posted back in September: The wonderful Christian Audio company sells downloadable MP3s and CDs of inspirational audiobooks; their catalog includes a number of mystical classics, including The Rule of St. Benedict, The Imitation of Christ, and The Practice of the Presence of God. Plus they have lots of wonderful works by more contemporary authors, ranging from Henri Nouwen to Richard Foster to N. T. Wright.Each month, Christian Audio offers one of … [Read more...]

The Foundation

Yesterday at the Lay-Cistercian gathering day, Father Anthony DeLisi preached a wonderful sermon for the First Sunday of Advent. We were in the crypt chapel at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit — if you've ever been in the crypt, you'll have seen the massive concrete pillars that hold up the beautiful, soaring, neo-Romanesque Abbey Church above.Fr. Anthony compared the season of advent to the foundation of a building. He talked about how, when he arrived at the monastery almost fifty years a … [Read more...]

Double Blasphemy

I went to see Beowulf last night. I thought it was pretty mediocre. Sure, it renders Grendel's Mother as the hottest thing in a catsuit since Seven of Nine, but that's hardly a commendation. Really, there's not much to say about this movie other than it has its share of gee-whiz animation.As for the story, this film does a pretty good job at eviscerating the original tale. I thought we could have expected much better from Neil Gaiman. … [Read more...]