Quote for the Day

Truly, it is the indescribable sweetness of contemplation which You give to those who love you. — Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ … [Read more...]

My first Twitter review

The Big Book of Christian Mysticism has received its first (to my knowledge) review — on Twitter. It comes from the user @Tmason47 (disclosure: he's a friend), and here it is, verbatim: @mccolman I am enjoying the balances that you have struck with your Big Book, depth and brevity, seriousness and levity. Anyone else care to review it on Twitter (or Amazon, or anywhere else)? I hope you'll do so. If you do comment on the book on Twitter, please include this hashtag in your tweet: # … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Because ‘mystical experience’ lies far beyond description, it is sometimes assumed that all such experiences, in whatever context they occur, must be the same – a unity at the heart of all religions; but that remains an assumption: it clearly cannot be demonstrated. — The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions … [Read more...]

A Dream in Light and Dark

Last night I dreamt the following dream. I woke up just before three AM, and wrote it down so I wouldn't forget it. The dream began in a large, bustling, beautiful church, radiant with soft light and featuring marble flooring, pillars, and walls. I wasn’t in the sanctuary, but in a commons area. It was Holy Saturday and everyone was making preparations for the festivities of the following day. It must have been a version of First Christian Church of Atlanta, for Kris and Rick were the pastors. I … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

When contemplation makes you one with God in spirit, love, and will, you're "above" yourself because you've only reached that state by grace and not by your own efforts. You're also "under" God then, even though contemplative prayer makes you one with God in spirit, no longer two. In this unity, which is the height of contemplation, you can be thought of as godlike, as Scripture says. Still, you're below God because he's naturally eternal and you're not. — The Cloud of Unknowing, Carmen Butcher t … [Read more...]

Embracing Contemplative Depth (on God’s Terms)

A reader writes (and I quote him with his permission): You seem very knowledgeable and deep and compassionate all at the same time.  I sense a depth to you that is rather rare. How do I go about getting to that point (if it is God's will)?I am already doing the Daily Office but I want to be more contemplative.  Perhaps I already am but I don't think I have the proper tools (I think about things a lot but I feel that contemplation is much more than just thinking about things).  I looked at the C … [Read more...]

A bookmark for you (and your friends)…

To help promote The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, I have had some bookmarks printed up. As you can see, they feature the cover design of the book, along with a few interesting quotations from St. Francis de Sales, St. Catherine of Siena, and Karl Rahner, SJ. On the back of the bookmark are blurbs from folks like Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Brian McLaren, endorsing the book.Now, my job is to make sure these bookmarks get placed in the  hands of people interested in mysticism. … [Read more...]