Protecting the Babes

But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs. — Luke 18:16 Yesterday's post (We're looking for a few good contemplatives) inspired some interesting commentary, including further exploration of the question regarding whether beginners in the spiritual life ought to be exposed to contemplative prayer. Here is one opinion that was expressed yesterday: The danger, I believe, is act … [Read more...]


Last night I bought a bass guitar. It's an Ibanez GSR190: a beginner's bass. It's "low end" not only in the sound it makes but in the money it costs. It's strictly no frills, but I'm already in love with it.Yes, I know: that hardly seems to be a very "contemplative" thing to do. Although within minutes of plugging it in and messing around with it (I'm musically illiterate, and won't start lessons until March, so I basically have the next six weeks to gleefully make noise like a five year old … [Read more...]

Whey Out Chocolate

My friend and business associate Joy Reid has just launched a new online store called Whey Out Chocolate. She is selling home-made "confections that are safe for people with food allergies and sensitivities." Her website goes on to say: If you have food allergies, then you know what it’s like to be excluded at parties because you can’t eat the cake or ice cream; or to walk down aisles of seasonal treats in the stores that look so delicious but are totally forbidden; or to look longingly at dis … [Read more...]

Books are costly, blogs are cheap…

After making a wonderful allusion to Ireland, the Epiphany Girl notes, in response to The Prosperity Mongers: This post is an interesting companion to the piece you wrote about those we leave behind specifically in terms of accepting the fact that mysticism is not for everyone while at the same time wanting to bring it to a broader audience ... the path of the mystic appeals to so few (based on personality and inclination as you say), it seems an inherently difficult entity to effectively bring … [Read more...]

The Prosperity Mongers

I spoke with an editor of a large faith-oriented website yesterday; I had pitched a couple of ideas to this site and hadn't had any luck getting a contract. We talked about how most of their readers were looking for breezy, self-help articles. He mentioned Joel Osteen more than once.When I think about folks like Joel Osteen or Rhonda Byrne (author of The Secret), I have deeply ambivalent feelings. On the one hand, no one can argue with the worldly success of such things as the Law of … [Read more...]

The Butler, Tea, and Single Malt

I was poking around Beth Patterson's Virtual Teahouse this morning, and found a link that led me to a link (!) to Jesse Kornbluth's wonderful tribute to John O'Donohue at Headbutler. Probably the most wonderful and heartfelt tribute to the Connemara mystic I've yet to see. You'll want to check out what O'Donohue said one morning after a bottle of single malt whisky had bested him.And while you're at it, take some time to get to know both the Virtual Teahouse and Headbutler. The Virtual … [Read more...]

Philip Carr-Gomm

I have just discovered Philip Carr-Gomm's blog.Philip is a Druid, in fact he's the chief of OBOD (the Order of Bards, Ovates, and Druids). His writing is filled with gentle wisdom and clear insight into the philosophical dimensions of Celtic wisdom. I particularly recommend The Druid Way. Throughout his writings I've always found a deep hospitality and honoring of all positive wisdom traditions.Click here to check out his blog. … [Read more...]