Some Lovely Music for You

I've loved the music of Ralph Vaughan Williams every since I was in high school. Yesterday I found these lovely recordings of my three favorites works of Vaughan Williams on Youtube. Hope you enjoy them.First up, Ralph Vaughan Williams' sublime Mass in G Minor, sung by the choir of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, directed by Stephen Darlington.Next up is the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Andrew Davies, performing Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on a Theme By Thomas … [Read more...]

Audiobook News and a Contemplative Feather

First of all, forgive me for putting on my marketing hat: I'm excited to announce that my book, The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, has now been released as an unabridged Audible.com audiobook! If you are an Audible.com subscriber, I hope you'll consider adding this book to your collection. If you aren't an Audible subscriber, you can purchase the audio version of the book for about the same price as the paperback. Audible audiobooks are downloaded, thus saving the cost of CDs and packaging. … [Read more...]

How to Grow a Mandala

My wife pointed me to this video. Well worth watching — and trying out.  … [Read more...]

The Feast of Saint Hildegard

Today, September 17, 2012, is the first feast day for Saint Hildegard of Bingen, as a saint recognized universally within the Catholic Church.Hildegard passed away on this day in 1179. It took 833 years for it to become an "official" saint's day in the Catholic Calendar. Pope Benedict XVI recognized Hildegard as a saint just this past May.In another 20 days — on October 7 — Hildegard will be declared a Doctor of the Church, joining with Juan of Avila and only thirty-three other saints, my … [Read more...]

Renaissance for St. Francis’ Day!

I am simply thrilled to post that Fran and Rhiannon and I have recently purchased our tickets to see Renaissance (the legendary 1970s-era classical rock band, which re-formed in 2010) in its first concert in Atlanta in about 30 years! They will be at Variety Playhouse on October 4 — the Feast of Saint Francis. Not that there is anything particularly Franciscan about them (although we do know that Annie Haslam, the lead vocalist, is quite an animal lover). It's a serendipitous day, but frankly, I' … [Read more...]

Contemplative Decluttering

Once you face your belongings, confront your fears, unclutter your space, and discover your personal desires and truths, you will have more energy, feel more inspired, access more creativity and find refuge, renewal and splendor within your own four walls.— Xorin Balbes, SoulSpace: Transform Your Home, Transform Your LifeEvelyn Underhill suggested that artists, with their devotion to beauty, are naturally kin to mystics with their devotion to God. With this principle in mind, I find Xorin B … [Read more...]

Norwich Cathedral: Stained Glass and a Green Man

I am often asked about the beautiful image of Julian of Norwich that I use on my Julian of Norwich Prayer Cards. It's an image from a stained glass window in Norwich Cathedral. I know just enough about photography to know that shooting a stained glass window is a tricky matter, so I tip my hat to the photographer who took this particular shot: he goes by the moniker of Ian-S on Flickr (and yes, I did ask for, and receive, permission to use this image; this image can be used, with attribution, … [Read more...]


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