Writing the Icon of the Heart

Writing the Icon of the Heart: In Silence Beholding By Maggie Ross Abingdon, UK: Bible Reading Fellowship, 2011Almost twenty years ago I read Maggie Ross's wonderful book on the theology of priesthood, Pillars of Flame: Power, Priesthood and Spiritual Maturity. Not only was it a valuable book in helping me to affirm my ministry as a lay Christian, but it also struck me as one of the most lyrical and eloquent statements of Christian spirituality in general that I had ever read. Yes, that is … [Read more...]

Soundings in the Christian Mystical Tradition

Soundings in the Christian Mystical TraditionBy Harvey D. EganCollegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2010Harvey Egan is one of the big names in the academic study of Christian mysticism; he is the editor of one of the best anthologies of Christian mystical writings, and has penned insightful studies into the work of Jesuit mystics like Ignatius of Loyola and Karl Rahner. But this most recent offering of his may be one of the most useful books for anyone wishing to learn more about the great … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

So just let God act, and be at peace. As far as you are in God, you are in peace; and as far as you are outside God, you are outside peace. Lack of peace comes from created things and not from God. Nor is there anything to fear in God, and nothing in him to cause sadness; his being can draw only love from us. It is true: they who have all they wish for, know joy; but no one has this except those whose will is one with God's will. May God grant us this union! — Meister Eckhart, quoted i … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

A mystic is simply a man or woman in love with God, and the Church is hungry for such people. — Catherine De Hueck Doherty, from the preface to Catherine of Genoa's Purgation and Purgatory; The Spiritual Dialogue … [Read more...]

What Mystics Do (and You Can, Too)

What do mystics do? The following list can be a way to begin answering this question. I'm not suggesting that every mystic does everything on this list (for starters, this list is particularly aimed at Christian mystics), or that a person has to do all of these things to be considered a mystic. I'm trying to make the list general, so that it's not just about persons who live in a cloister (monks and nuns) or who have ordained ministries of some sort. Think of this list as a glimpse into the … [Read more...]

As Old as John of the Cross When He Died

Here's a bit of useless information. Today, to the day, I am as old as John of the Cross was when he died.I figured this out earlier this week. I was thinking about John, and realized he was 49 when he died, and I'm 49 now. So I looked at his dates, and figured his age at death (49 years, 5 months, 20 days) and compared it to me (today I'm 49 years, 5 months, 22 days, but the slight discrepancy is because I have a February in there). So to the day, I'm as old as he was when he died.Aside … [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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