The Marvelous Melody

I saw the Lord take no place of honor in his house, rather I saw him rule royally there, filling it full of joy and mirth. He himself presided by endlessly gladdening and entertaining his very close friends with every warmth and courtesy, with a marvelous melody of endless love in his own fair blessed face. For it is to see the glorious Godhead in this way, face to face, that fills the very heavens with such joy and bliss.— Revelation of Love, chapter 14It's no secret that I adore Julian of N … [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...]

Michael Nugent understands idolatry but gets heaven wrong

The Irish atheist Michael Nugent has some interesting things to say about the use and abuse of faith in a recent opinion piece published in the Irish Times. Faith ceases to be a virtue when it has little connection with facts of reality, he asserts, and points out that placing our faith in secular "gods" (like the banks or capitalism in general) can be as irrational as placing faith in religion or priests. He goes on to make an interesting statement: "all 'gods', whether religious or secular, … [Read more...]

A Brief Julian of Norwich Bibliography

A Facebook friend has asked me to draw up a list of recommended books on Julian of Norwich. While I have done this previously (see my page on Julian), it had been a while since I had updated it, and there are some worthwhile new books available. So it seemed worth revisiting. Here, then, is my updated list. Happy reading! A Brief Julian of Norwich BibliographyEditions of Julian's book, translated into modern English:Julian of Norwich, Revelation of Love, tr. John Skinner (the translation I … [Read more...]

Everything Has Being By the Love of God

In this same time our Lord showed me a spiritual sight of His homely loving. I saw that He is to us everything that is good and comfortable for us: He is our clothing that for love wraps us, clasps us, and all encloses us for tender love, that He may never leave us; being to us everything that is good, as to my understanding. He also showed me a little thing, the size of a hazelnut, in the palm of my hand; and it was as round as a ball. I looked upon it with the eye of my understanding, and … [Read more...]

The Pope and the Anchoress

Yesterday Pope Benedict XVI dedicated his general audience to speaking about Julian of Norwich. You can read a transcript of the Pope's message, or just watch the video: … [Read more...]

Julian and the Cloud, unplugged

Following Maggie Ross's challenge to read the mystics in their original, untranslated texts, I thought I'd highlight some of the editions of both Julian of Norwich's text and The Cloud of Unknowing that can be acquired in the original (or slightly modernized) form. Yesterday I posted a query to Maggie's blog to get a sense of which of these texts she would recommend, and the ones she endorses I've set in bold type. So, check these books out...The options are greater with Julian's text. First … [Read more...]


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