Simple Promises and the Star of the Sea

God willing, this Sunday May 3, I make my first simple promises as a Lay-Cistercian of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. This comes at the culmination of two years in the Lay-Cistercian novitiate. These promises are basically for one year, and I will renew them again at least twice before making my lifetime promises.While generally the big celebrating takes place with the life profession, I must confess to a measure of excitement even as I approach my simple promises. Becoming a novice two … [Read more...]

Christian Mysticism on Twitter

Okay, folks, tell all your friends... I've created a "Twitter Twibe" (yes, I know Noah Webster is rolling over in his grave) for those interested in Christian Mysticism. If you're using Twitter, please join it... you can follow me on Twitter as well: … [Read more...]

Carmelite CDs

Here's yet another way for you to spend your money: a collection of audio CDs about Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Thérèse of Lisieux, and other Carmelite luminaries: Carmel Clarion Communications … [Read more...]

Bono: “Lent is upon us…”

That incorrigible Irish rocker Bono has just written a guest Op-Ed column in the New York Times. And he dares to proclaim that "Lent is upon us whether we asked for it or not."But wait a minute? Isn't it Eastertide? Even the Orthodox Churches have celebrated Pascha! Where is Bono coming from, declaring Lent in the middle of April?Oh, I get it... Bono is one of those pesky Christians who thinks there is no separation between spirituality and the rest of life. And he's daring to suggest that … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

No spirituality and mysticism worthy of the name Christian can bypass Christ's humanity for an allegedly higher and purer spirituality. — Harvey D. Egan, SJ, An Anthology of Christian Mysticism … [Read more...]

The Spirituality of Spamalot!

The ever-funny-yet-insightful Becky Garrison has just posted a piece over at the Jesus Manifesto about "the Spirituality of Spamalot." It would be wonderful even if I weren't quoted in it — but I am, so that's the icing on the shrubbery. And I'm not the only person she quotes: Peter Rollins, Troy Bronsink, James Martin SJ, Martha Gaye Reese and others are all asked to pontificate on this question: What does it mean for you to ‘find your grail’ and how does Monty Python aid you in that disco … [Read more...]

Jesus and the Druids?

It's always fun to see somebody mention one of my old books online. A blogger named Laura Harrison McBride recently invoked my Complete Idiot's Guide to Celtic Wisdom in a post about the legend that Jesus studied with the druids in Glastonbury. Check it out here: Did Jesus Study Mysticism in southwest England?McBride is worth getting to know: she writes about travel to the British Isles, and pays plenty of attention to the sacred and mythic sites of England and Ireland. Check out her work … [Read more...]