A few quotes from Earthy Mysticism by William McNamara

"The mystic is not a special kind of person; every person is a special kind of mystic.""It is by coping creatively with the exigencies of life that we engage in the perpetual and progressive enfleshment of God. The Creator has entrusted himself to creation, to our freedom. He is always there, pure Spirit, longing to be enfleshed.""An old catechism holds that our reason for existence is to enjoy God forever. The Gospel message is that God had the same idea. He came to enjoy us … [Read more...]

Meditating with a Cat

Furbie, meditation master extraordinaire

This morning my wife had a migraine. Poor lass, she gets one about every three months or so (the stress of living with me). Anyway, she squirreled down into the bed and I got R. off to school, then went into my office to meditate. Now, normally when I meditate, I close the office door. But I wanted to be accessible in case my wife needed anything, so today I left the door open. And I was wonderfully reminded of why I normally keep it shut. For you see, one of my cats decided to "help" me … [Read more...]

David and the Phoenix

David and The PhoenixBy Edward OrmondroydColumbus: Weekly Reader Children's Book Club, 1958Review by Carl McColmanThis gentle masterpiece of children's literature first appeared in the late 1950s, bringing a dimension of magic and wonder to young baby boomers growing up in a society dizzy with consumerism, the space race, and post-WWII arrogance. Recently reprinted in both hardback and paperback editions, this book is now available for an entire new generation of budding … [Read more...]


Mysticism: A Study in the Nature and Development of Spiritual Consciousness By Evelyn Underhill Twelfth Edition London: Methuen, 1930 Review by Carl McColmanI read Underhill's magisterial "Mysticism" the summer after I graduated from high school, and I've been a student/devotee of the western contemplative tradition ever since. Underhill's accessible if British-formal prose provides a wonderful, elegant stage on which the majesty and depth of the interior life can be celebrated. The … [Read more...]