Sharing in the Passion of Christ (Why Contemplation is Revolutionary, Part Eight)

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This is part of a series on “Why Contemplation is Revolutionary.” If you want to start at the beginning, follow this link: The Archbishop and the Community Theologian.When we struggle with contemplative practice — facing our own inner chaos, turmoil, and darkness — we participate in the passion of Christ, which is a deeply revolutionary matter.Here's what Kenneth Leech has to say: The contemplative shares in the passion of Christ which is both an identification with the pain of the world … [Read more...]

Carl’s and Fran’s Holiday Gift-Giving Guide for 2011

Here is a list of books for you to consider for the folks on your Nice List this holiday season. These are all books that either I, or in a few my cases my wife, have read over the past year and feel are worthy of our endorsement. Some of these are new books, and some are old; most are Christian, although a few are not; and most are "spiritual" although again, a few might not appear that way — on the surface. But they are all great reads and well worth your attention. As always, a click on the t … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

To many early Church Fathers, "mystical" signified the allegorical interpretation of scripture, especially the disclosing of Christ as the key to unlocking the secrets of the Old Testament. Scripture, Christologically interpreted, was the ground of all Christian thought, including mysticism, especially in the first centuries. Jesus was sometimes called the "mystical angel" whose entire life, death, resurrection, and glorification were understood as the truly mystical. Eventually, Christians used … [Read more...]

Radical Forgiveness

There's a man here in the Atlanta area (I think he's from Britain originally) named Colin Tipping who has written a book called Radical Forgiveness. I haven't read it, so I can't say too much about the book one way or the other. But I love the title, that alone makes the book worth considering. I thought about it the other day when I was flipping through a different book, one which we sell at the Abbey Store (alas, I can't remember which one, but it was a garden-variety book on Christian prayer) … [Read more...]

Finding the True Path

A reader of my blog has emailed me the following questions. They seem to involve the question of how to embrace the Christian mystery when one cannot be sure if it is the "true" path or not. As a former neo-pagan, didn't you find getting to grips with Christianity's necessity to hold a set number of essential beliefs? Don't you have any doubts and don't you find them restricting? I was wondering if you knew much about Islamic mysticism - sufism - and if you had ever written something about it … [Read more...]

Jesus and the Druids?

It's always fun to see somebody mention one of my old books online. A blogger named Laura Harrison McBride recently invoked my Complete Idiot's Guide to Celtic Wisdom in a post about the legend that Jesus studied with the druids in Glastonbury. Check it out here: Did Jesus Study Mysticism in southwest England?McBride is worth getting to know: she writes about travel to the British Isles, and pays plenty of attention to the sacred and mythic sites of England and Ireland. Check out her work … [Read more...]

A Few Interesting Links

These links were brought to my attention by the good spiders at Google Alerts...The Jewish Roots of Eastern Christian Mysticism from Marquette UniversityVeni Creator Spiritus: A Monograph on the Theology of the Holy Spirit Until the Time of Tertullian and Origen by Michel Rene BarnesThe Trinity: A Muslim Perspective by Abdal-Hakim Murad, a lecture delivered at Oxford in 1996A Blogger and a friend of his dialogue on the above article.Special thanks to J.R.M. and Steven Wedgeworth, both … [Read more...]


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