Contemplation and Celibacy, part two

Fr. J writes in response to my post Contemplation and Celibacy: Celibacy is itself a mystical reality when well lived such that it is not simply an instrument for individual holiness projects. .... If you read the best literature on religious life at the moment, it is all focused on the concept of consecration in this world for the sake of the kingdom. It is spirituality that neither diminishes this world nor the pursuit of the divine. One is not counter to the other but serves the other. In … [Read more...]

The Audacity of Government

This week on the public radio program "This American Life" the theme is "the Audacity of Government" — specifically the administration of George W. Bush. Anyone with a sense of decency and fairness will find these stories horrifying and appalling. Even taking into account a "liberal bias" (whatever that means), the picture painted here of our current government ought to make Americans ashamed — and angry.If you don't have a chance to hear this broadcast, you can purchase a downloadable copy fro … [Read more...]

Contemplation and Celibacy

A comment thread on my post about the World Clock has me thinking about the relationship between contemplation, celibacy, and child-rearing. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

For the sages say that it is impossible for rational knowledge of God to coexist with the direct experience of God, or for conceptual knowledge of God to coexist with immediate perception of God. — St. Maximus the Confessor, On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ … [Read more...]

Leonardo Boff

Inside Costa Rica has published an interesting interview with Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff, one of the major voices in the liberation theology movement:Christians Should Take Poverty and Justice Seriously … [Read more...]

Celtic Devotions

Celtic Devotions: A Guide to Morning and Evening Prayer By Calvin Miller Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanFirst, a confession: I don't really like daily devotional books, least of all when they're arranged in a structured "say this prayer on the morning of day 5" and "say this prayer on the evening of day 13" kind of a format. I try not to be a liturgical chauvinist most of the time, but I must admit that books designed to get you to in the habit of praying every day … [Read more...]

Moses and John

Gregory of Nyssa, writing about the life of Moses as an allegory for the mystical life, says "Moses vision of God began with light; afterwards God to him in a cloud. But when Moses rose higher and became more perfect, he saw God in the darkness." (from the Commentary on the Song of Songs).But compare this to the prologue of the Gospel according to John: "In the beginning was the Word: the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things came … [Read more...]