A New Cover for Spirituality

The 2008 reissue of my first book, Spirituality will be going to press later this month. I'm hoping I'll have copies for sale (or, at least, a link to Amazon) before too much longer.In the meantime, here is a mockup of the new cover design. The actual cover may look slightly different, but this will give you the general idea. Incidentally, the butterfly photograph was taken by my lovely wife, Fran. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

It is, I think, a mark of maturity to acknowledge the fallibility of faith and the possibility that what one takes to be a revelation of God may be mistaken. — John MacQuarrie, Two Worlds Are Ours: An Introduction to Christian Mysticism … [Read more...]

Five Wishes

Five Wishes: How Answering One Simple Question Can Make Your Dreams Come True By Gay Hendricks Novato, CA: New World Library, 2007 Review by Carl McColmanSigh. I think I must suffer from new age overload. Books that promise to "make your dreams come true" but then prattle on about letting go of "limiting beliefs" and using present-tense affirmations are hardly news. So why am I reviewing this slender little volume? Basically, because despite its use of new age language and concepts, it is … [Read more...]

The Love Guru

Some concern has been expressed from the Hindu community that the forthcoming Mike Myers movie, The Love Guru, is disrespectful of the Hindu faith. A recent story on DailyIndia.com is heartening in that people of faiths other than Hinduism are expressing concern as well.This is hardly an isolated incident of how religious images, symbols, and language are appropriated within a popular culture context, usually for entertainment purposes. Several members of R.E.M. joined up with Warren Zevon … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

I have asked the LORD for one thing — this is what I desire! I want to live in the LORD’s house all the days of my life, so I can gaze at the splendor of the LORD and contemplate in his temple. — Psalm 27:4, New English Translation … [Read more...]

Contemplation and Celibacy, part two

Fr. J writes in response to my post Contemplation and Celibacy: Celibacy is itself a mystical reality when well lived such that it is not simply an instrument for individual holiness projects. .... If you read the best literature on religious life at the moment, it is all focused on the concept of consecration in this world for the sake of the kingdom. It is spirituality that neither diminishes this world nor the pursuit of the divine. One is not counter to the other but serves the other. In … [Read more...]

The Audacity of Government

This week on the public radio program "This American Life" the theme is "the Audacity of Government" — specifically the administration of George W. Bush. Anyone with a sense of decency and fairness will find these stories horrifying and appalling. Even taking into account a "liberal bias" (whatever that means), the picture painted here of our current government ought to make Americans ashamed — and angry.If you don't have a chance to hear this broadcast, you can purchase a downloadable copy fro … [Read more...]