Here is the final installment of my Lenten series on Lectio Divina I’m calling  Lectio Divina Diligens. Click on the link to read about this idea, if you’re not familiar with it. March 25 brings Lent to a close with Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of Holy Week. This week let’s reflect on the first reading, found in Isaiah 50:4-7. Lectio — reading 4 The Lord God has given me a well-trained tongue, That I might know how to answer the weary a… Read more

A reader writes: Hi Carl, hope you’re well. Just wanted to pick your brain again! I’ve encountered a new issue in my meditation, maybe you can help. I’ve realised that after a series of profound and deep mystical experiences during meditation, my practice has become dulled, difficult. It took me a while to figure out why. What’s actually happening is that after my mystical experiences, I have become afraid of the awesome power of God in the present moment. “It’s… Read more

Our Lenten journey continues with a twist on Lectio Divina I’m calling  Lectio Divina Diligens. Click on the link to read about this idea, if you’re not familiar with it. March 18 marks the fifth Sunday of Lent — the last Sunday before Palm Sunday. This week let’s reflect on the first reading, found in Jeremiah 31:31-34. Lectio — reading See, days are coming—oracle of the Lord—when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of… Read more

It’s no secret that I consider Evelyn Underhill one of the most important Christian mystics of the twentieth century. She’s nowhere near as well-known as Thomas Merton or Simone Weil or Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, but her contribution to Christian spirituality is as great as each of those more renowned figures. Evelyn Underhill’s biographer Dana Greene has called her an Artist of the Infinite Life. For Underhill, Christian mysticism is shaped by two key characteristics: artistry and ordinariness. She recognized that one… Read more

I’m pleased to announce that The Little Book of Christian Mysticism has been published. If you have pre-ordered the book through Amazon or another bookseller, you should be receiving your copy within the next few weeks (depending on how fast they are at fulfilling orders). The Little Book of Christian Mysticism collects over 300 quotes from a variety of Christian mystics, including Julian of Norwich, Evelyn Underhill, Teresa of Ávila, John of the Cross, Bernard of Clairvaux, Francis de Sales, and many… Read more

We continue our journey through Lent with a twist on Lectio Divina I’m calling  Lectio Divina Diligens. Click on the link to read about this idea, if you’re not familiar with it. We’ve come to the fourth Sunday of Lent. Once again let’s look at the second reading: the Epistle Reading, Ephesians 2:4-10. Lectio — reading God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life… Read more

Yesterday I received this message: Hi, Mr. McColman, Quick question. Are there any periodicals, journals, etc. that publish primarily articles about the subjects about you write that you recommend? Best regards and looking forward to the new book. This is a great question and unfortunately I don’t know of a mainstream journal or magazine that publishes literature specifically for contemplatives and students of mysticism. I imagine some magazines associated with Catholic religious orders, like America (published by the Jesuits) or St. Anthony Messenger (published… Read more

This year, for St. Patrick’s day, why not take a Celtic spirituality e-course? Alternatively, give the course as a gift to a friend! Click here to learn more about an e-course called “Celtic Spirituality: At the Edge of Mystery.” It’s an on-demand course which I developed last fall in partnership with the good folks at Spirituality & Practice. Here’s the description of the course: Shrouded in legend and imbued with romance, the Celtic lands such as Ireland, Scotland, and Wales… Read more

We continue our journey through Lent with a new approach to Lectio Divina that I call  Lectio Divina Diligens. Click on the link to read about this idea, if you’re not familiar with it. Today let’s look at the second reading for the Third Sunday in Lent: the Epistle Reading, 1 Corinthians 1:22-25. Lectio — reading Brothers and sisters: Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom,  but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to… Read more

Friends, I’ll be in New York in April, and if you live in that part of the world, I hope I’ll see you there! Two opportunities for us to connect: April 17-20 in West Park, NY: I’m leading a retreat called Mapping Your Journey of Faith: Guidance from C. S. Lewis, Teresa of Avila, and the ancient Celts at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY — on the beautiful Hudson River. Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY is rapidly becoming one… Read more

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