March 20, 2018

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

March 15, 2018

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

March 12, 2018

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

March 12, 2018

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

March 8, 2018

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

March 6, 2018

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

March 5, 2018

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

March 2, 2018

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

March 1, 2018

Update: this blog post from March 2018 features events that have already happened. If you’d like to see where I’ll be speaking in the future, click here. Thank you! 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… Read more

February 26, 2018

What is Christian hospitality? What does it mean to receive guests, strangers, travelers, pilgrims, refugees, as if we were receiving Christ himself? What does it mean to find Christ in all people, or as I put it the other day on Twitter… Hospitality, for Benedict, meant receiving guests as if they were Christ. So, for us, it means finding the Divine within all who come to us.— Carl McColman (@CarlMcColman) February 26, 2018 This morning I received this response: It… Read more

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