Introduction to Christian Mysticism through Evening at Emory

I'll be teaching Introduction to Christian Mysticism through Emory University's Continuing Education Program. Classes meet on Monday evenings from November 5 through December 3. I hope I'll see you there... and please tell your friends, share on Facebook, Twitter, etc.! Thank you.To register: https://register.ece.emory.edu/modules/shop/index.html?action=section&OfferingID=3827&SectionID=17304Course Description:The renowned twentieth century German theologian Karl Rahner said, “ … [Read more...]

Mysticism and Social Media?

Here's a fascinating video, and I'd love to hear what people think about this. Although it's aimed at business, when I watch this I wonder about what the relationship will be between social media and mystical spirituality in the years to come. Sitting in front of a computer screen isn't exactly a traditional contemplative practice; texting on an iPhone isn't exactly a category of lectio divina. For those of us who believe that the world needs more silence, more stillness, more sabbath rest, more … [Read more...]

Who’s In Charge? (Purrrrrr….)

In honor of the recent news article from LiveScience.com that reports a study which has finally scientifically proven that cats control their "owners" (I put it in quotation marks because I think it's a coin toss as to who really owns who), I'd like to commend to you this short little video which was produced a few years back, and which pretty much demonstrates a plain truth: that anyone who lives with a cat could have spared those researchers all their effort and money; we just know for a fact … [Read more...]

Sorry, Mr. Weigel, the Cafeteria is Closed

I don't normally venture into politics in this blog. I believe that contemplative prayer and Christian mysticism are for everyone, across the political spectrum. However, a blog post that I have just read, critiquing a prominent Catholic pundit who appears to have let his partisan politics cloud his assessment of Papal teaching, is, I believe, worth passing on, and contains a lesson for all of us.George Weigel, who has made a career for himself exploiting the relationship between Catholic … [Read more...]

The Future of Food

Watch this video. It may seem like an odd video to appear on a website devoted to mysticism, but think for a minute about the parable of the sower... and then compare it to what's going on in our world today. … [Read more...]

Douglas Kmiec on Obama and the Catholic Blogosphere

...Right-wing Catholic bloggers, acting as a thinly disguised political front for the GOP, remain fixated on the goal of precipitating an unnecessary war between the Holy See and America’s next administration. It is dismaying to see a few American prelates and their “anonymous” Vatican commentators acting as witting or unwitting coconspirators in this divisive action. Obama himself has written that the golden rule tells us that we “need to battle cruelty in all its forms, [with] the value of lov … [Read more...]

Congratulations, Atlanta

Forbes.com has just named Atlanta the worst city in the United States for commuters.Here's what they have to say: Here, in the fastest-growing city in America, more people flood the roadways than the infrastructure can handle. Commuters spend 60 hours a year stuck in traffic, second only to those in Los Angeles. If that weren't bad enough, Atlanta is so spread out that only 29% of drivers get to and from work in less than 20 minutes, the third worst rate in the country, and 13% spend more than … [Read more...]


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