Letter and Spirit: Thoughts and Silence?

In his sermon On Conversion, Saint Bernard of Clairvaux quotes Acts 26:24, only he paraphrases it like this: "Too much thinking has made you mad!"Whenever I see a verse like this rendered in an unusual or thought-provoking way, I like to check out the original Greek or Hebrew, even though I'm strictly an amateur when it comes to Biblical languages.These words were spoken by Festus, who is criticizing Paul when the saint is addressing Agrippa. Festus says, in G … [Read more...]

Christian Mystics to Celebrate in 2015

2015 is something of a red-letter year for Christian contemplatives.This is the 100th anniversary of the birth year of Thomas Merton, who was born on January 31, 1915. Merton lived until 1968, and in his short life wrote over fifty books, published both before and after his accidental death at age 53. Merton entered the Trappist Abbey of Gethsemani in 1941, and became world-renowned after his spiritual memoir, The Seven Storey Mountain, became a surprise bestseller in 1948. Merton is a … [Read more...]