Quote for the Day

Listen to the prophets, not to some adolescent boy. The foundation and the walls of the spiritual life are made of self-denials and disciplines.Stay with friends who support you in these. Talk with them about sacred texts, and how you're doing, and how they're doing, and keep your practices together. — Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne, from The Essential Rumi … [Read more...]

Some Greek Words Worth Knowing

The traditional developmental map for the contemplative life, as put forth in the earliest centuries of the Christian era by mystics like Clement and Origen, consisted of three stages: Purification, Illumination, and Union. The aspiring contemplative mystic began his or her journey with a rigorous program of repentance and renunciation, "purifying" one's self in order to become a worthy self-offering to God. One of the happy consequences of such asceticism would be the eventual experience of … [Read more...]

The Unformed Future

National Catholic Reporter has published a wonderful article about the recent "Emerging Church" conference in Albuquerque, hosted by Richard Rohr and featuring Shane Claiborne, Cynthia Bourgeault, and others. Read about it here:The Unformed Future … [Read more...]

Zen and the Art of Describing World Mysticism

A man named Jason who is currently reading The Big Book of Christian Mysticism writes: I am only a few chapters in, but I do already have a question. When talking about mystical streams in other religions you bring up Zen in Buddhism. Why Zen? I would think that Vajrayana would be a better fit. It is Vajrayana that Ken Wilbur usually turns to when discussing the great mystical tradition in Buddhism.It is within Vajrayana that you have the doctrine of Zhen-Tong or "empty of other". In this … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Meister Eckhart once wrote that it is delusion to think that we can obtain more of God by contemplation or pious devotions than by being at the kitchen hearth or working in the merchants' stalls. This is hard to believe because it is literally beyond human comprehension. God is in the saucepan as well as the chalice, the lawn mower as well as the monstrance. The manner is ordinary, but God's glory is in every event, every moment, every particle of creation. — Mother Gail Fitzpatrick, OCSO, S … [Read more...]

Truth and Mercy, Justice and Peace

A person reading The Big Book of Christian Mysticism emailed me this morning to comment on my reflection on the paradox of mercy and justice in chapter seven. He sent me a link to an essay by the peacemaker John Paul Lederach, which is in essence a meditation on Psalm 85, especially verse 10: Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Lederach relates this to his experience working for conflict transformation in Nicaragua. He ponders on what a … [Read more...]

Margery napping

Just another cute picture for your Sunday afternoon enjoyment. … [Read more...]


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