Four Dimensions of Spirituality and Embracing the Mind of Christ

On my writer's page at Facebook, my bio used to read like this: Carl McColman is the author of 10 books on the spiritual life. Most of his works published before 2005 concern Pagan and Celtic spirituality. In 2005 he became a Catholic, and is now writing a book on Christian mysticism to be published in late 2010. As of this morning, I have re-written it thusly: Carl McColman blogs about Celtic, emergent, mystical, & contemplative spirituality at the Website of Unknowing ( … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Prayer is not so much about convincing God to do what we want God to do as it is about convincing ourselves to do what God wants us to do.— Shane Claiborne and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers … [Read more...]

Separated at Birth?

People at work have been teasing me that John Michael Talbot is my long lost brother.What do you think?I personally don't see much resemblance. Sure, we're both jaw-droppingly handsome, but his beard is much more epic than mine could ever hope to be... … [Read more...]

Quotes for the Day

All the way to heaven is heaven. — Catherine of Siena, as quoted in New Monasticism by Jonathan Wilson-HartgroveYou are as holy as you want to be. —Jan van Ruusbroec, as quoted in Ruusbroec and His Mysticism by Paul VerdeyenGod never grants mystical wisdom without love. — John of the Cross, The Dark Night of the Soul … [Read more...]

Christian Mysticism and “Ordinary” Christian Spirituality

Last night I got an email from young person who asked me to explain Christian mysticism to her. She noted that she was a Christian but had never heard of mysticism before. Indeed, how many faithful church-goers are there, who know nothing about the splendors of the contemplative tradition?This past Sunday I was visiting a class on Christian spirituality at a mainline Protestant church here in Atlanta, and, impressed by the articulate and eloquent expression of personal spirituality among the … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

For those who abandon themselves to it, God's love contains every good thing, and if you long for it with all your heart and soul it will be yours. All God asks for is love, and if you search for this kingdom where God alone rules, you can be quite sure you will find it. For if your heart is completely devoted to God, your heart itself is this treasure, this very kingdom which you desire so ardently. — Jean-Pierre de Caussade, Abandonment to Divine Providence … [Read more...]

What’s Up…

We interrupt the regularly scheduled programming of this blog to bring you a few notes about what's up in the life of your humble blogger.I'm currently reviewing and responding to the copy-edits of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. This process will continue until February 10, when the manuscript is due back on my editor's desk. From there the book will go to the designers, who will do the layout; copies will be mailed out to potential endorsers and early reviewers. I'll review the book one … [Read more...]