Julian of Norwich In Her Own Voice

So today is May 13 — the other possible anniversary date for Julian of Norwich's showings (the first being May 8). So to commemorate this day, I thought I would highlight editions of Julian's writings that feature her text based on the old handwritten manuscripts we have of her writing — in other words, Julian in Middle English.There are several editions of Julian in Middle English available. The first one I ever owned was the Colledge & Walsh edition, published by the Pontifical Ins … [Read more...]

Mysticism and Human Dignity

As the experience of oneness with God, mysticism is the radical substantiation of the dignity of the human being.— Dorothee Soelle, The Silent Cry:Mysticism and ResistanceI think this one just about says it all. It's interesting to me that the most vocal critics of mysticism often seem to be those who have the most pessimistic view of human nature, stressing such ideas as the "total depravity" of humankind. It's almost as if the mysticism-haters are saying "we reject mysticism because, f … [Read more...]

Julian and Patheos

Continuing my celebration of Julian of Norwich this week, here is my latest column for Patheos: Julian of Norwich's Timeless Message. Please follow the link and check it out. … [Read more...]

Answering the Contemplative Call

Answering the Contemplative CallI am pleased to announce that my forthcoming book, Answering the Contemplative Call: First Steps on the Mystical Path, has been entered into the Amazon.com database. The book will not be released until January 2013, but you can pre-order your copy by clicking here. Eventually the book will also be available on Kindle and Nook, but if you like a good old fashioned paper-and-ink book, you can pre-order this title now.Here's a bit of information about the … [Read more...]

Mysticism for those who don’t like “mysticism”

A reader writes:In the first chapter of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism you offer your sense that mysticism offers the serious practitioner the possibility of experience of God that is transforming and which then enhances the world around us. I firmly agree. But does that mean such a transformative relationship is not open to those who can't accept the value of mysticism, or is it that the depth of the relationship is potentially greater through the pursuit of prayer, meditation and … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

It is a glorious destiny to be a member of the human race, though it is a race dedicated to many absurdities and one which makes many terrible mistakes: yet, with all that, God Himself gloried in becoming a member of the human race. ... As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But it cannot be explained. There is no way of telling people they are all walking around shining like the sun. … [Read more...]

“Eleven years of Catholic education had told me nothing about Christian meditation.”

Here's an interesting article published the other day in the Utah Statesman by a fellow named Michael Sowder: Finding Home in India. The author tells the story of his spiritual journey, and it's a story I've heard again and again. Basically, it runs like this: born into a Christian family, Sowder (and countless others like him) finds himself befuddled by the sterile Christian education he received as a child. Eventually he  goes on to find meaning and insight in contemplative spirituality … [Read more...]


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