Snow at the Monastery

Here are some pictures of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit under several inches of snow — most unusual for us southerners. These photos are by Haven Sweet. … [Read more...]

Register now for the Evelyn Underhill Conference: February 19, 2011

Awakening in God's Love: Exploring the Christian Spirituality of Evelyn Underhill Saturday, February 19, 2011 8:30 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church 1790 LaVista Rd., Atlanta, GA 30329 Acclaimed as one of the greatest spiritual writers of the twentieth century,  Evelyn Underhill recovered the rich heritage of Christian mysticism and interpreted it for ordinary people as the spiritual life -- life lived from the center, where one is anchored in God. In the year 2011, … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

As Einstein conceives of space curved round the sun we, borrowing his symbolism for a moment, may perhaps think of the world of Spirit as curved round the human soul; shaped to our finite understanding, and therefore presenting to us innumerable angles of approach. This means that God can and must be sought only within and through our human experience. "Where," says Jacob Boehme, "will you seek for God? Seek Him in your soul, which has proceeded out of the Eternal Nature, the living fountain of … [Read more...]

To make hidden things visible

Like the P in psychology, The H in psychiatry, Invisible Ink and the Truth in Theology... The spell is complete, Now all is visible. In C. S. Lewis's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the author does not say what exactly Lucy Pevensie had to recite in order to perform the spell to make hidden things visible. But in Michael Apted's motion picture version of the story, we do get to hear her recite the spell — and what she says is pretty much what I've quoted above. The spell seems to suggest that … [Read more...]

Remembering John O’Donohue

Today is the third anniversary of the passing of John O'Donohue, the noted Irish author and spiritual teacher, whose works include Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom, Eternal Echoes: Exploring Our Yearning to Belong, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace, and To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings. He also wrote several books of poetry and created several original spoken audio works. In 1999 I had the good fortune to spend an afternoon with John O'Donohue, to interview him for a book  … [Read more...]

Relations, Integrally

Happy New Year, everyone. May this be a year of good and beautiful dreams come true. The other night at a Christmas party I had an interesting conversation with my friend Joe and a couple of young men who are students at the Art Institute of Chicago. We spoke about the relationship between art and politics. One of the students was very interested in this connection, and felt that "justice" was a category that could be applied to how we understand pretty much any kind of artwork. Does any given … [Read more...]


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