A Political/Spiritual Experiment

Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother, speaks against the law and judges the law; but if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but a judge of it. — James 4:11I don't normally write about politics on this blog, for a number of reasons. I believe that the good news of Christian mysticism is for everyone, not just for people who see eye to eye with me politically, and so I am hesitant to alienate some readers with my political … [Read more...]

Ordinary Radicals

Based on this trailer, the forthcoming movie Ordinary Radicals looks pretty exciting.I returned to Christianity in 2005 because of my desire to be more intimately involved with the living contemplative tradition (such as can be found at the monastery where I now work). While that renewed spiritual commitment has been truly a blessing, I didn't count on the fact that while I was away, within the Christian community an entirely new movement of the Holy Spirit was emerging — a movement which is … [Read more...]

The Real Reason Why Some Evangelicals Dislike Contemplative Prayer?

Here's an interesting article from the Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal: David Harris, a former Baptist minister, next month will be ordained a Catholic priest.What I found particularly enlightening was the role that mysticism, Thomas Merton, Cistercian monasticism, and especially contemplative prayer had to play in the Rev. Harris' process of conversion.One of the joys of being a convert to Catholicism is my deeply held belief that God's grace flows abundantly everywhere — a person c … [Read more...]

“Spirituality” is now available!

The new printing of Spirituality: A Postmodern and Interfaith Approach to Cultivating a Relationship with God is now available. Not only does this latest issue of my first book feature a snappy new subtitle, it also contains a new introduction and a new cover, featuring photography by my wife, Fran McColman. Since, like every other author who is not yet a household name, I'm also a part-time monger of my own books, you can order a copy directly from me using Paypal. Just click on the link and … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

In this, more than any other, we need the divine boldness to affirm that Christianity is not a matter of being good but of becoming God. It is only by the whole-hearted acceptance of the truth that God's son fully shared our humanity that we can be emboldened to find in him our way towards an intense and transforming relationship with the God who exists beyond human experience. — Michael Casey, OCSO, Fully Human Fully Divine … [Read more...]

The Cloud of Unknowing over the Monastery

When I was leaving the grounds of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit this past Thursday evening, I was thrilled by this celestial phenomena. Is this an image of the Cloud of Unknowing, or what? So I stopped my car and used my trusty cell phone to take this snapshot. … [Read more...]

For Facebook Users Only…

If you're on Facebook, there's now a way to create your own blogroll/feed. Visit this link to see my blog on Facebook:http://apps.facebook.com/blognetworks/blogpage.php?blogid=27497 … [Read more...]