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July 14, 2018
Why Are the Mystics So… Weird?!?
One thing I love about the mystics is just how weird they are. Obviously, there are...
July 11, 2018
What’s in a (Sacred) Story? Meditating on the Mysteries of Your Faith
To be a mystic is to be the explorer of both Divine and human mysteries...
March 12, 2018
The Little Book of Christian Mysticism is Now Available!
I'm pleased to announce that The Little Book of Christian Mysticism has been published. If you have...
February 12, 2018
A First Look at My Christian Mysticism Trilogy
This photo appeared on Twitter a few days ago: I got the goodie package @CarlMcColman...
November 07, 2017
How to Find a Mystical Teacher, Part Two
This post is a sequel to my post from last week called How to Find...
November 02, 2017
How to Find a Mystical Teacher
A reader sent me this message the other day: I am loving your book, Christian...
October 26, 2017
Six Books on Christian Spirituality (and the Order in Which to Read Them)
It's always a little awkward to write about my own books. But today's post is...
October 19, 2017
Some thoughts on Non-Dualism (East and West) and Single-Mindedness
A reader on Facebook recently asked me: How do Eastern and Western non dualism differ?...
October 11, 2017
Coming in April 2018: The Little Book of Christian Mysticism! (Pre-Order Your Copy Today)
I have a new book coming in April 2018: The Little Book of Christian Mysticism!...
September 22, 2017
Seven “Ingredients” for Cultivating a Truly Mystical Life
Last night I gave a talk at the Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip, here in...
September 04, 2017
Imagine Thomas Merton Teaching You a Class on Christian Mysticism…
Wouldn't it be great if you could have access to the lecture notes of a...
August 10, 2017
How do Contemplatives Share the Gospel with Others?
In my recent book, Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages, I made a comment that...
April 10, 2017
Is it possible to be a “Do It Yourself” Christian Mystic? Evelyn Underhill would say “No” — and I agree with her
Nearly all Christian mystics maintain that an essential characteristic of Christian mysticism is participation in the Body...
March 03, 2017
Why Evelyn Underhill Remains Required Reading After Over 100 Years
A Book for All Time: Why Evelyn Underhill’s Mysticism Still Matters For pretty much...
February 24, 2017
What is Christian Mysticism? (Video)
Last week I posted a video about Julian of Norwich which is the first of...
February 06, 2017
Why do Mystics Love the Church?
For a long time now, I've been fascinated by people who self-define as "spiritual but not...
January 04, 2017
How to Think About Angels
Here is a wonderful description of angels from the anonymous Syrian monk who is now...
January 01, 2017
A Christian Mystics Bibliography
In my books The Big Book of Christian Mysticism and Christian Mystics: 108 Seers, Saints and Sages, I suggest...
January 22, 2016
Preliminary Practices for Christian Contemplatives
Tibetan Buddhists have a series of spiritual exercises that are seen as foundational to their spiritual...
January 08, 2016
Is Mysticism Genetic?
A reader of this blog named Chris writes: I have been studying the German medieval...
December 08, 2015
Entering the Year of Mercy: Are You Willing to Take the “Rahner Challenge”?
So today is the fiftieth anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. It's...
September 17, 2015
Happy St. Hildegard’s Day!
One of the most colorful and remarkable of mystics, of any age, is the irrepressible...
April 10, 2015
Why Is “Mysticism” A Dirty Word?
In the introduction to her book Writing the Icon of the Heart, Maggie Ross makes...
February 26, 2015
Meet the Newest Doctor of the Church: Saint Gregory of Narek
Vatican Radio announced earlier this week that Pope Francis has declared a tenth century Armenian...
February 19, 2015
The Dazzling Darkness
"There is in God (some say) A deep, but dazzling darkness" — Henry Vaughan “Truly,...
May 29, 2013
Three Video Clips: Speaking of Mysticism in Portland, OR
Here are three brief excerpts from a talk I gave in Portland, OR, in October...
July 23, 2012
Nonduality in the Bible … and us
A reader writes: I love reading your articles but am new to the terminology. What is...
September 04, 2011
“Where Two or Three Are Gathered”
A sermon preached at First Christian Church of Decatur, Decatur GA, on September 4, 2011 Scripture: Matthew 18:20 “Where...
September 05, 2009
Five Marks of Authentic Mysticism (Underhill)
In her introduction to Orbis Books' Essential Writings of Evelyn Underhill, Emilie Griffin notes that...
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