Mystery of the Missing Camera

Here is a fun story about a couple in NYC who found a lost digital camera and located its owner — an Irishman living in Australia — merely by deciphering clues from the photos in the camera's memory.Think twice before you start deleting photographs from your camera. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Any wizard can defy nature; only the true miracle-worker can accomplish wonders in sympathy with it. — John Carey, A Single Ray of the Sun: Religious Speculation in Early Ireland … [Read more...]

Protecting the Babes

But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. — Luke 18:16 Yesterday's post (We're looking for a few good contemplatives) inspired some interesting commentary, including further exploration of the question regarding whether beginners in the spiritual life ought to be exposed to contemplative prayer. Here is one opinion that was expressed yesterday: The danger, I believe, is act … [Read more...]

We’re looking for a few good contemplatives

One thing I've found interesting: when I tell people I'm writing a book about Christian mysticism, a typical response I receive is, "Oh, that's advanced, that's beyond me, I could never be a mystic."Boo hiss.A little while back I set up a page for The Cloud of Unknowing on MySpace. Recently someone emailed me and said: In the author's foreward he says of the book, "you are not to read it, write or speak of it, nor allow another to do so, unless you really believe that he is a person deeply … [Read more...]


LaserMonks: The Business Story Nine Hundred Years in the Making By Sarah Caniglia and Cindy Griffith New York: McGraw-Hill, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanSome years ago, the management world discovered Sun-Tzu's The Art of War. This sixth-century Chinese treatise on military strategy considers not only the logistics of conflict, but also the psychology of winning; as such, it has transcended its soldierly origins to become a classic source of inspiration for the corporate boardroom as well as … [Read more...]

John Cassian on the Lord’s Prayer

[The Lord's Prayer], although it seems to contain the utter fullness of perfection inasmuch as it was instituted and established on the authority of the Lord himself, nonetheless raises its familiars to that condition which we characterized previously as more sublime. It leads them by a higher stage to that fiery and, indeed, more properly speaking, wordless prayer which is known and experienced by very few. This transcends all human understanding and is distinguished not, I would say, by a … [Read more...]

Whey Out Chocolate

My friend and business associate Joy Reid has just launched a new online store called Whey Out Chocolate. She is selling home-made "confections that are safe for people with food allergies and sensitivities." Her website goes on to say: If you have food allergies, then you know what it’s like to be excluded at parties because you can’t eat the cake or ice cream; or to walk down aisles of seasonal treats in the stores that look so delicious but are totally forbidden; or to look longingly at dis … [Read more...]