We have a new member of the family. Her name is Margery and she is a rescue kitten.She's only about seven weeks old, which of course is a bit young to be separated from her mom, but she is already eating solid food and using her box. She was born to a cat that had been abandoned near the monastery (this is a problem — people abandon animals on the monastery land, but the monks are not in a position to care for them); out of a litter of six, two had already disappeared, possibly the victims of c … [Read more...]

Contemplative Practice and… Business Books?

Sometimes, I believe, the best books we can read to support our spiritual discipline are books that do not appear to be "spiritual" at all. Here's a case in point. I recently stumbled across a new line of business books by a fellow named Jim Randel; the series is called "the skinny on" — they're a bit high on the cutesy quotient, using stick figures (get the "skinny" pun?) and humor to build a narrative around the topic of each book. But they're quick reads, and present a straightforward a … [Read more...]

Contemplation, the Demonic, the Shadow, and Original Sin

Consider these two quotations, found after only the briefest of Google searches. The quotes are verbatim, but the emphasis has been added: And I know that Scientology, Buddhism, Hinduism, New Age, and even some strands of “Christianity” offer techniques for you to control your mind: auditing, “mind exercises”, contemplative prayer, meditation, chanting, yoga, etc. What you are actually doing with these is giving full control over your mind to evil spirits that allow you to THINK that you are in c … [Read more...]

Amazon’s “Click to Look Inside” Feature is Now Live…

If you'd like to take a sneak peek inside The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, or see its back cover, you now can do so, at Amazon's "Click to Look Inside" feature has now been activated for the book. Please take a look... The Big Book of Christian Mysticism on ...and if you haven't pre-ordered your copy, now's a great time to do so! ;-) … [Read more...]

“You’ve got an extraordinary destiny. Something greater than you could have imagined.”

The trailer for the movie adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has been released.Needless to say, I'm excited. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

If my eye is to receive an image, it must be free from all other images; for if it already has so much as one, it cannot see another, nor can the ear hear a sound if it be occupied with one already. Any power of receiving must first be empty before it can receive anything. —John Tauler, as quoted in The Soul Afire: Revelations of the Mystics … [Read more...]

My Schedule Page

I've created a Schedule page — you can click on it from the banner at the top of any page on this website. Especially if you live in Atlanta, please visit this page from time to time to see where I'll be out and about. Of course, my travel schedule will be posted here as well; currently I have events planned in Northern Ireland in August and Portland, OR, in October; and as more events get scheduled, they'll be posted here.Incidentally, if your church, retreat center, monastery, or other o … [Read more...]