If Jesus were born today…

What would the nativity look like if it happened now — in today's socially networked world? … [Read more...]


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Mysticism and Missing the Point

A reader named William Law (I wonder if he's related to the author of A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life?) has not been shy about attacking the basic premise of this blog. Here are a few quotes from recent comments of his (all made to one recent post): The discussion of mysticism and writing about mysticism as an “object” is specious and misses the point.How words just multiply like rabbits. There comes a point where explaining is too much like a hamster on his wheel. There is real pow … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Bede Griffiths, one of the great contemplative masters of our time, claimed that there are actually three routes to the center. You can have a near-death experience. You can fall desperately in love. Or you can begin a practice of meditation. Of the three, he said with a somewhat mischievous smile, meditation is probably the most reliable starting point. — Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical Hope: Trusting in the Mercy of God … [Read more...]

Live, Laugh, Love

I have been asked to lead a retreat at the Guesthouse of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in September. The person who originally was in charge of the retreat is unable to lead it, and so I have inherited it. It is called "Live, Laugh, Love" and it sounds like it will be tremendous fun. Here is the write-up for the retreat, as it appears on the Monastery's Website:Live, Laugh, Love September 13-16, 2010 The Live, Laugh, Love Retreat is a Celebration — celebrating our relationship with God. It i … [Read more...]

Three Preachers

Three ministers — a Baptist, a Presbyterian, and an Episcopalian — were having lunch one day. One of them posed this hypothetical question: "If you knew you only had a week to live and could only preach one last sermon, what would your topic be?"The Baptist enthusiastically said, "I would preach on the absolute necessity of each person to make his or her own free decision for or against Christ."The Presbyterian countered, "I would preach about the absolute sovereignty of God and recognizing t … [Read more...]

Simon’s Cat

Simon's Cat (In His Very Own Book) By Simon Tofield New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2009 Review by Carl McColmanMove over, Garfield, Dewey, LOLCats, and all those adorable cats by Kliban... here come's "Simon's Cat," who insinuated himself (herself?) into my heart with a huge baseball bat. Twenty-five million Youtube fans later, Simon's irrepressible puss has now landed a major book deal, with Simon's Cat the first of what we can hope will be many releases. The drawings are whimsical, … [Read more...]