Alexandra Elene Maclean Denny

Today is Sandy Denny's 61st birthday. Well, she would have been 61 today. But this coming April will mark the thirtieth anniversary of her untimely death at age 31, from injuries sustained when she fell down a flight of stairs.A British vocalist of singular elegance and beauty, Sandy sang with the Strawbs and, more famously, with Fairport Convention. But for those who are not familiar with British folk and progressive rock of the late 1960s and early 1970s, she is probably best known as the … [Read more...]

Genesis/Galatians

One of my favorite coyotes, Phil Foster, has challenged me thusly: Quick, Carl - a blog entry on the relationship of Christianity, agnosis and sexuality. Begin with Song of Songs. Or, to paraphrase Genesis, male and female - and God saw that it was good. My first thought is that this big topic could go in all sorts of directions. … [Read more...]

Magic and Miracles

Recently I was bemused by a review of one of my Neopagan books in which the critic, in panning the book, accused me of "not believing in magic." I thought, "Well, if she means I don't believe in magic the way a 6-year-old believes in Santa Claus, I guess she's right." Still, it was interesting for me to ponder about how I think about magic, both now (almost three years after entering the Catholic faith) and then (the book in question, Before You Cast a Spell, was written in 2003).I first was … [Read more...]

The Eve of Yule

Tonight will be longest night of the year. The exact solstice moment occurs at 1:08 AM Saturday morning, Atlanta time. So happy winter solstice, everyone!This means that at Newgrange in Ireland, probably starting yesterday and running through Monday, the annual solstice event is occurring, meaning that for just a few minutes each morning — weather permitting — the sun will shine directly into the heart of this megalithic tomb. Even though it is about 5,000 years old, this ancient structure is p … [Read more...]

New Testament Mysticism

Here's a website that looks tasty:The Society of Biblical Literature's New Testament Mysticism Project Seminar.As the website puts it, The New Testament Mysticism Project Seminar (NTMPS) was organized under the auspices of the Society of Biblical Literature to facilitate the study of early Jewish and Christian mystical traditions in the New Testament writings. The NTMPS understands early Jewish and Christian mysticism as a tradition located within formative Judaism and Christianity, a … [Read more...]

If…

If right here and right now, you were a fully blossomed mystic — I mean of the same caliber as Julian of Norwich or John of the Cross — how would your life be different?What would your day look like?How would you be spending (or investing) your money?How much time would you spend each day in prayer? In lectio divina? In works of mercy? In our postmodern/western equivalent to "chop wood, carry water" — i.e., cleaning the laundry and doing the dishes?Would you be a member of the same churc … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

At some point in each of our searchings, I believe it is necessary to become "located" within some valid spiritual tradition. It is of course neither desirable nor necessary to so solidly identify oneself with a tradition that blind allegiance and particularity are courted. Location is decidedly different from identification. In location within a tradition that has been tested and tempered by history, one can cease the furtive skimming of the surface of things and begin to go deep. Here it is … [Read more...]


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