Why Elephants Paint

Here's a fascinating website: of Asian elephants that are trained to paint. … [Read more...]

Benedict likes Benedict

Zenit has published an address by Pope Benedict XVI in which he commends the Rule of St. Benedict as a guide for Europe today. Click here to read it. … [Read more...]

Spring at the Monastery

My wife is on spring break this week, and so today she visited the Monastery of the Holy Spirit with her new camera in hand. Here are just a few of her photographs from the day's adventure:The Blessed Mother has a friend...... while the geese enjoy the monastery lake...... and in the Abbey Church, peace reigns. These photos are by Fran McColman. Please acknowledge her and provide a link back to this post if you use these. Thank you! … [Read more...]

What Christian Mysticism is Not

One way to understand Christian mysticism would be to begin by clarifying what things are commonly called “mysticism” but really aren’t — at least, not from an orthodox Christian perspective:Christian mysticism is not occultism. It’s not about uncovering some long lost secret, à la The DaVinci Code. Christian mysticism is not magic. It’s not about wielding spiritual power or engineering our own experience. Christian mysticism is not esotericism. It's not about learning techniques for psychic … [Read more...]

The Emerging Anam Cara

Here's an article worth reading: at The Ooze, Shane Tucker explores the connection between the Celtic soul friend tradition and the emergent conversation.The Emerging Anam Cara … [Read more...]

Mysticism: Theory and History

I am very pleased to announce the formation of an online study group that will be reading and reflecting on the writings of the great mystics.Sponsored by Christian Classics Ethereal Library, the group is called Mysticism: Theory and History, and is being moderated by yours truly. This group will be unpacking the great tradition of Christian mystical wisdom: understanding its history, looking at how it developed, and identifying the key themes and teachings. We will do this by getting to know … [Read more...]

Sara Miles is coming to Atlanta

I've just received word that Sara Miles will be in Atlanta, at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the weekend of April 12-13. On Saturday, the 12th, she and her colleague Paul Fromberg are leading a program on the connection between worship and service, from 9 AM to 2 PM; she returns to St. Luke's the following morning to teach an adult education class.If you don't know Sara's wonderful book, Take This Bread, read my review of it here. Better yet, just get the book. Her website is worth a look-see … [Read more...]


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