Dana Greene speaks on Evelyn Underhill

Here are a couple of videos, courtesy of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation, featuring Dana Greene speaking about Evelyn Underhill. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Each of us possesses a soul, but we do not prize our souls as creatures made in God's image deserve and so we do not understand the great secrets that they contain. — Saint Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

So just let God act, and be at peace. As far as you are in God, you are in peace; and as far as you are outside God, you are outside peace. Lack of peace comes from created things and not from God. Nor is there anything to fear in God, and nothing in him to cause sadness; his being can draw only love from us. It is true: they who have all they wish for, know joy; but no one has this except those whose will is one with God's will. May God grant us this union! — Meister Eckhart, quoted i … [Read more...]

A Book for All Time

I've posted the text of the talk I gave in February at the "Awakening in God's Love" conference to my website. This conference was sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta's Institute for Ministry and Theological Education. It was a celebration of the life and work of Anglican writer and contemplative Evelyn Underhill, marking the centennial of the publication of her book Mysticism: The Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness.In the morning at the conference, scholar Dana … [Read more...]

A Story from Meister Eckhart

“There was a learned man who, eight years long, desired that God would show him a man who would teach him the truth. And once when he felt a very great longing, a voice from God came to him and said, ‘Go to the church, and there shalt thou find a man who shalt show thee the way to blessedness.’ And he went thence and found a poor man whose feet were torn and covered with dust and dirt: and all his clothes were hardly worth three farthings. And he greeted him, saying:— “‘God give you good d … [Read more...]

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To a certain type of mind, the veritable practice of the Presence of God is not the intimate and adorable companionship of the personal Comrade or the Inward Light, but the awestruck contemplation of the Absolute, the "naked Godhead," source and origin of all that Is. It is an ascent to the supernal plane of perception, where "the simple, absolute and unchangeable mysteries of heavenly Truth  lie hidden in the dazzling obscurity of the secret Silence, outshining all brilliance with the intensity … [Read more...]

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The problem of mysticism is to endow the mind and will of man with a supernatural experience of God as He is in Himself and, ultimately, to transform a human soul into God by a union of love. This is something that no human agency can perform or merit or even conceive by itself. This work can be done only by the direct intervention of God. Nevertheless, we can dispose ourselves for mystical union, with the help of ordinary grace and the practice of the virtues. We have just seen that, for St. … [Read more...]


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