Lark in the Clear Air

In honor of Samhain, here's a little bit of lovely Irish music for you, sung by the lovely Irish singer Cara Dillon... … [Read more...]

Saturday with St. Benedict (and me)

If you're in Atlanta and looking for something to do tomorrow, why not come out to the Church of Our Saviour in Virginia-Highland, for the inaugural meeting of "Saturdays with Saint Benedict" — a bi-weekly group exploring Benedictine spirituality and its relevance to young adults today, co-sponsored by the Church of Our Saviour's 20s & 30s group, and the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta's Young Adults group. The morning kicks off at 10:00 AM with the Eucharist, followed by a gathering at which I … [Read more...]

New (and not so new) books from friends

One of the sweet things about being an author and a blogger is that I'm always learning about wonderful new (and just "new to me") books, often from friends of mine, either folks I know in person or acquaintances that I have found through Facebook. So this morning I thought I'd highlight a few of these books, books which I think readers of this blog will enjoy. Actually, I myself have not yet read any of these books (!), but I have at least looked at them all, and they all look pretty juicy. … [Read more...]

Matthew 7:1

I had a dream last night in which I was counseling a woman, perhaps a little bit younger than me, who had struggled with addiction much of her adult life. Eventually she began to turn her life around and became involved in a small church. Unfortunately, she still would act out from time to time, and this impacted her religious life when, at a church picnic, she engaged in a sexual encounter with another member of the church — a married man.As she told me this story, she mentioned that as a new … [Read more...]

“An enlightened power of reason and a love common to all”

John Ruusbroec (1293-1381) is one of the greatest of the Christian mystics. His masterpiece, The Spiritual Espousals (sometimes translated as The Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage) in my opinion belongs on the short list of "must read" classics of western mysticism.Here is just a taste of the poetic breadth of his wisdom. At one point in the book he writes about the various gifts of the Holy Spirit as described in Isaiah 11. One of these gifts, Understanding, can be seen as comprising … [Read more...]

Tessa Bielecki’s Recommended Reading for Growing in Intimacy with Christ

In her CD teaching series Wild at Heart: Radical Teachings of the Christian Mystics, former-Carmelite-turned-desert hermit Tessa Bielecki offers a wealth of suggestions of books one can read to deepen a sense of who Christ is. This veritable library for Christian formation includes poetry, art books, lives of saints and mystics, and children's stories. In other words, it's not just a dry selection of commentaries on the Gospels, thank heaven. Indeed, it is such a wonderful list that I took the … [Read more...]

Wise as Serpents and Innocent as Doves

Ken Wilber describes a significant malaise of our time as "boomeritis." What he means by this is the tendency among highly educated and self-actualized persons (as typified by the baby boomer generation) to embrace values that include pluralism, egalitarianism, subjective/personal understandings of truth, and a general "live and let live" ethos, but that often appears marred by egocentrism, narcissism, and self-absorption. In other words, a laudable value system that promotes freedom of … [Read more...]


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