Quote for the Day

The contemplative discipline of meditation, what I will call in this book contemplative practice, doesn't acquire anything. In that sense, and an important sense, it is not a technique but a surrendering of deeply imbedded resistances that allows the sacred within gradually to reveal itself as a simple, fundamental fact. Out of this letting go there emerges what St. Paul called our "hidden self": "may he give you the power through his Spirit for your hidden self to grow strong" (Eph 3:16). … [Read more...]

Register now for “Introduction to Christian Mysticism” through Evening at Emory

Just a reminder to those in the Atlanta area: registration is now open for the class I'll be teaching through Emory University's Center for Lifelong Mysticism: Introduction to Christian Mysticism through Emory University's "Evening at Emory" Program. The renowned twentieth century German theologian Karl Rahner said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” What could he have meant by this? In the popular mind, mysticism is associated with eastern spirituality, … [Read more...]

Books we talked about in Ulster

Here is a partial list of some of the many books we talked about, recommended to one another, read from, or otherwise consulted, during the Spirituality and Peacemaking week in Northern Ireland earlier this month. Some of these books were mentioned in our sessions; others were used to help plan the sessions; others came up in informal conversations between the retreat participants. If you weren't on the retreat, dipping into these books might give you a sense of the breadth of the conversation … [Read more...]

Talking about mysticism on Youtube

Recently I was interviewed by Peter Wallace, who is the host of the Day1 radio show and website. The interview was filmed and has now been published on Youtube. Here are the videos (it has been separated into three parts): … [Read more...]

Chants from the Benedictine Monks of Rostrevor

When I was in Northern Ireland, I stayed at a retreat center in Rostrevor, in County Down. Just four miles down the road is Holy Cross Monastery, which according to its website is the first new Benedictine monastery in Ireland since the twelfth century! It was established in 1998, and currently is home to six monks. I attended lauds there one morning, and mass on Sunday; nearly all the locals who spoke of the monastery mentioned that the monks sang beautifully, and indeed they were … [Read more...]

Photos from Northern Ireland

The only camera I had with me on my recent trip to Northern Ireland was my iPhone camera. So I didn't take a lot of pictures, and the ones I did take will hardly win any awards. Eventually the various retreatants are going to be swapping photos amongst ourselves, so hopefully I'll have a few more shots to share with you in the future. But for now, here are a few images from a most remarkable week. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

When we keep trying to come up with the extraordinary, we may be interfering with getting the job done. — Source unknown; Seen on a refrigerator in Northern Ireland … [Read more...]


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