The Master and the Musician

When I was a teenager hanging out with the charismatic community, I fell in love with the music of Phil Keaggy, a gifted guitarist and a vocalist who sounds like the contemporary Christian answer to Paul McCartney. In 1978 he released a lovely album of instrumental music called The Master and the Musician.It's 30 years later and Phil is on tour, doing a series of concerts in which he will be playing The Master and the Musician in its entirety, along with selected other songs from his career. … [Read more...]


Today — May 8 — is one of two possible dates for commemorating the anniversary of Julian of Norwich's revelations. They took place on either May 8 or May 13, 1373. We're not sure which, because the oldest manuscripts contain both dates. Obviously, at one point a scribe mis-copied the date, and of course we have no way of knowing which of the dates was originally recorded in Julian's own hand.The error makes more sense when you recall that in the fourteenth century, numbers will still written us … [Read more...]

Trying to Be Contemplative

My dear friend Phil Foster forwarded me this link to a wonderful article by the late Gerald May, called Trying to Be Contemplative. It's built around one of my favorite Zen sayings, "Quit trying. Quit trying not to try. Quit quitting!" Here's a taste: This summer I'll be going into the desert alone again. I'm sure I'll want to be contemplative. I hope and pray that I won't impose my ideas and efforts about contemplation on whatever God has in store for me there. If my eyes seek the beauty of the … [Read more...]

Father Tom, Fran and Me

Here's a photograph of Fr. Tom Francis, OCSO, with yours truly and Fran. This picture was taken at a reception honoring the lifetime promises of four Lay-Cistercians who made their profession this past April.Fr. Tom is the author of an interesting booklet on the connection between angels and contemplative prayer, called Angels: Our Guides to Contemplation for the Third Millennium. The photo, incidentally, was taken by Fr. James Behrens, OCSO, author of several books, the most recent being … [Read more...]

I am trying something…

I am trying something new here, I have just learned that I can use Jott to post to my blog using my cell phone. So this is a test run of that service, we will see how it goes. Hopefully, it will go really well and this will become a new way that I can continue to blog. listenPowered by Jott … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

In a far-off land the LORD will manifest himself to them. He will say to them, "I have loved you with an everlasting love. That is why I have continued to be faithful to you." — Jeremiah 31:3 (New English Translation) … [Read more...]

366 Celt

366 Celt is available again.Originally published by Element in 2005, the book quickly went out of print in the US when Element closed their North American office literally weeks after publication. But the editor who originally acquired the book for Element now works for Hampton Roads Publishing Company out of Charlottesville, VA; he did the fancy legal footwork necessary to secure the rights to reprint the book in a new North American edition. So here it is.If you are a bookseller, please … [Read more...]