Brad Culver on Mysticism

I've just stumbled across a pretty sweet looking blog by a guy named Brad Culver, Living Water From an Ancient Well.Of particular interest is his post on Mysticism. … [Read more...]

Upcoming Events: Mysticism Retreat and Class

Friends, here are the two events I have coming up, that may be of interest to folks who read this blog. The first is a a retreat on Christian mysticism that will be held at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia; the second is a class on world mysticism through the Evening at Emory Continuing Education Program at Emory University in Atlanta. Space is limited at both these events, so if you're interested, please register soon. Hope to see you there...Wisdom of the Christian … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Then what prevents you from seeing and hearing Him? Truly, there is so great a din in your heart, and so much loud shouting from your empty thoughts and fleshly desires that you can neither see nor hear Him. Therefore, silence this restless din, and break your love of sin and vanity. Bring into your heart a love of virtues and complete charity, and then you shall hear your Lord speak to you. — Walter Hilton, The Stairway of Perfection … [Read more...]

Registration now open for “Introduction to World Mysticism”

I'll be teaching my class on World Mysticism through the Emory University Center for Lifelong Learning again, on Wednesday evenings July 22 through August 12. It's a fun class — a whirlwind tour through some of the most luminous spiritual writings from around the world.For more information or to register, click here: http://cll.emory.edu/classes.cfm?cla=-2016892019&pt=3 … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

Because He is in the little house of our being, we will learn to control our minds, to gather our thoughts to silence, and to crown them with peace, just as we learn to control our voices and to move softly when a child is asleep in the house of brick and mortar. — Caryll Houselander, The Reed of God … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

The great mystics are the paradigms and the amplifiers of a life of deep faith, hope, and love. They help us to hear the interior whispers and to see the faint flickers of truth and love in ourselves and others. By looking at their lives, we can frequently discover the obstacle in us to fully authentic human life. Looking into the lives of the great mystics will help to locate the compass of our hearts, to see what authentic human living is, and what our final purification, illumination, and … [Read more...]

Why Should Evangelicals Read the Mystics?

My co-worker and fellow Lay-Cistercian Jacquie alerted me to the following essay (and blogger's commentary thereof):Why Should Thoughtful Evangelicals Read the Medieval Mystics?Christian History Blog: Prominent Reformed Evangelical Promotes Medieval MysticsSince I'm not an evangelical (in the sectarian sense of the word), I'll refrain from commenting on these essays, other than to note that I since I don't share the perspective from which these writers come from, naturally I don't share … [Read more...]


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