Christian Mysticism Class at Evening at Emory begins October 13

There's still time to register for the Introduction to Christian Mysticism class being offered through the Evening at Emory program. Continuing education credit is available for this 5-week class. To register, click here. Here's the course description from the Emory website:Introduction to Christian MysticismEvening at EmoryHumanities and Cultural Studies The renowned twentieth century German theologian Karl Rahner said, “The Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not e … [Read more...]

“Eleven years of Catholic education had told me nothing about Christian meditation.”

Here's an interesting article published the other day in the Utah Statesman by a fellow named Michael Sowder: Finding Home in India. The author tells the story of his spiritual journey, and it's a story I've heard again and again. Basically, it runs like this: born into a Christian family, Sowder (and countless others like him) finds himself befuddled by the sterile Christian education he received as a child. Eventually he  goes on to find meaning and insight in contemplative spirituality … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

People in the postmodern era have lost confidence in the idea of perpetual progress advanced by the sciences and technology. They have become distrustful of and disenchanted with authority, which includes that of the church. They value experience over against outside authority, a faith based on experience over against one that is ecclesiastically pre-formulated, and a plurality of voices that are of equal value over against a singular voice that makes all final decisions. Authenticity, being … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Only in love can I find You, my God. In love the gates of my soul spring open, allowing me to breathe a new air of freedom and forget my own petty self. In love my whole being streams forth out of the rigid confines of narrowness and anxious self-assertion, which makes me a prisoner of my own poverty and emptiness. In love all the powers of my soul flow out toward You, wanting never more to return, but to lose themselves completely in You, since by Your love You are the inmost center of my … [Read more...]

The Hidden Tradition of Christian Mysticism

This is an article I wrote for the summer 2010 issue of Evolve! magazine.Karl Rahner, one of the most renowned Christian theologians of the twentieth century, once famously remarked that “the Christian of the future will be a mystic or will not exist at all.” For people whose experience of Christianity is, often, little more than a religion invested in obedience and in patriarchal morality, this seems to be a bold statement. After all, mysticism implies not legalistic religion, but living spi … [Read more...]

“Ordinary Mysticism”

A quote from The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: Mysticism can best be understood in an egalitarian and inclusive way... you don’t have to have supernatural experiences in order to be a mystic; therefore, everyone is called, if not to a life of extraordinary phenomena, then at least to the “ordinary mysticism” of the contemplative life. At the monastery this weekend, one of the monks asked me if I could explain this term "ordinary mysticism." Since it is in quotation marks in the book, I should … [Read more...]

A bookmark for you (and your friends)…

To help promote The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, I have had some bookmarks printed up. As you can see, they feature the cover design of the book, along with a few interesting quotations from St. Francis de Sales, St. Catherine of Siena, and Karl Rahner, SJ. On the back of the bookmark are blurbs from folks like Richard Rohr, Cynthia Bourgeault, and Brian McLaren, endorsing the book.Now, my job is to make sure these bookmarks get placed in the  hands of people interested in mysticism. … [Read more...]


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