The Pope and the Anchoress

Yesterday Pope Benedict XVI dedicated his general audience to speaking about Julian of Norwich. You can read a transcript of the Pope's message, or just watch the video: … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

God does not dwell in a heart that’s confined, and a heart is only as big as the love it holds: in the great heart of Poverty God has room to dwell. — Jacopone da Todi, quoted in An Anthology of Christian Mysticism edited by Harvey D. Egan. … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Moses’ vision of God began with light (Exod. 19.18); afterwards God spoke to him in a cloud (Exod. 20.21). But when Moses rose higher and became more perfect, he saw God in the darkness (Exod. 24.15-18). — Gregory of Nyssa, Commentary on the Song of Songs, quoted in An Anthology of Christian Mysticism edited by Harvey D. Egan. … [Read more...]

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A mystic is simply a man or woman in love with God, and the Church is hungry for such people. — Catherine De Hueck Doherty, from the preface to Catherine of Genoa's Purgation and Purgatory; The Spiritual Dialogue … [Read more...]

Julian and the Cloud, unplugged

Following Maggie Ross's challenge to read the mystics in their original, untranslated texts, I thought I'd highlight some of the editions of both Julian of Norwich's text and The Cloud of Unknowing that can be acquired in the original (or slightly modernized) form. Yesterday I posted a query to Maggie's blog to get a sense of which of these texts she would recommend, and the ones she endorses I've set in bold type. So, check these books out...The options are greater with Julian's text. First … [Read more...]

What Mystics Do (and You Can, Too)

What do mystics do? The following list can be a way to begin answering this question. I'm not suggesting that every mystic does everything on this list (for starters, this list is particularly aimed at Christian mystics), or that a person has to do all of these things to be considered a mystic. I'm trying to make the list general, so that it's not just about persons who live in a cloister (monks and nuns) or who have ordained ministries of some sort. Think of this list as a glimpse into the … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

As I understand it, the soul whom the Lord has been pleased to lead into this Mansion will do best to act as I have said. Let it try, without forcing itself or causing any turmoil, to put a stop to all discursive reasoning, yet not to suspend the understanding, nor to cease from all thought, though it is well for it to remember that it is in God's presence and Who this God is. If feeling this should lead it into a state of absorption, well and good; but it should not try to understand what this … [Read more...]


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