Writing the Icon of the Heart

Writing the Icon of the Heart: In Silence Beholding By Maggie Ross Abingdon, UK: Bible Reading Fellowship, 2011Almost twenty years ago I read Maggie Ross's wonderful book on the theology of priesthood, Pillars of Flame: Power, Priesthood and Spiritual Maturity. Not only was it a valuable book in helping me to affirm my ministry as a lay Christian, but it also struck me as one of the most lyrical and eloquent statements of Christian spirituality in general that I had ever read. Yes, that is … [Read more...]

Two eBay Auctions For Your Consideration…

I've been thinning out my library lately, and decided to put a few books up for sale on eBay. First up is a collection of Nine Vintage Catholic Books, all published by Image books between the 1950s and 1970s: This lot includes books by Aquinas, Chesterton, Newman, as well as biographies of Damien the Leper, Francis of Assisi, and Bernadette of Lourdes. These vintage books are all in used condition, and the quality varies from almost "like new" to "acceptable," but all are complete and clean to … [Read more...]

Soundings in the Christian Mystical Tradition

Soundings in the Christian Mystical TraditionBy Harvey D. EganCollegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010Harvey Egan is one of the big names in the academic study of Christian mysticism; he is the editor of one of the best anthologies of Christian mystical writings, and has penned insightful studies into the work of Jesuit mystics like Ignatius of Loyola and Karl Rahner. But this most recent offering of his may be one of the most useful books for anyone wishing to learn more about the great … [Read more...]

Two Big Smiles

This past Saturday evening Fran and I took Rhiannon to see her favorite musician, Cindy Lou Harrington, in concert at a wonderful little pizza place called Shorty's in Tucker, GA (unlike most pizzerias, Shorty's has several vegan options on their menu). Before the show began, Cindy Lou stopped by our table and posed for a picture with her number 1 fan. Gotta love those smiles!You never would have thought Rhiannon is fighting against both liver and kidney disease if you had been there Saturday … [Read more...]

Awkward

A reader of my blog has written to me to ask for advice on reading the mystics. He notes, "they embrace very traditional theology that is awkward for me in the 21st century."Indeed.There is no one single "Christian mystical theology." I would be suspicious of anyone who tries to distill the teachings of all the great mystics into a single summarized statement of "this is what you do in order to become a mystic." It just doesn't work that way. For one thing, the mystics stretch across two … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

The elder opened the Philokalia, searched for an instruction of Saint Symeon the New Theologian and began: "Sit in silence and alone. Bend your head. Close your eyes. Breathe ever more quietly. With the imagination look inside your heart. Carry your intellect, that is your thought, out of your head and into your heart. As you breathe say quietly with your lips or in your intellect alone: 'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me.' ... Try to drive away your thoughts. Keep restful patience … [Read more...]

Catholic Teaching on Inter-Religious Dialogue

The Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks clearly about the need for positive inter-religious encounters. It sees part of the mission of every Christian to include "a respectful dialogue with those who do not ... accept the Gospel. Believers can profit from this dialogue by learning to appreciate better 'those elements of truth and grace which are found among peoples [of other faiths], and which are, as it were, a secret presence of God'" (CCC, #856).Respectful dialogue and appreciative … [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X