True Peace, False Peace

My latest column on Patheos has just been published, I hope you'll pop over there and check it out:Two Types of Spiritual Peace … [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...]

“The Peace of God is the Power of the People”: Remembering Emmett Jarrett (1939-2010)

  I am sad to have learned of the passing of Fr. Emmett Jarrett, TSSF who died on October 9 from cancer. I met Fr. Emmett in 1995 when his church, St. Michael and All Angels in Stone Mountain, hosted a "Lenten Oasis" event featuring one of my heroes, the Anglican theologian Kenneth Leech. I learned that Fr. Emmett and Fr. Ken were good friends, as Emmett had studied under Ken some years back in London. From that event, I developed a warm acquaintance with Fr. Ken (who recently … [Read more...]

To love many things…

The other day my co-worker, Robin, with whom I carpool, and I had a deep and philosophical conversation... about the weather."This is such a great time of year," I enthused, about September in Georgia. "Cool in the mornings, and yet still plenty of warmth in the afternoons." She nodded, as I went on, "You get a chance to both cool down and thaw out.""I agree, Carl, I love this time of year." She thought for a moment, and then added, "but I love every time of the year." We both … [Read more...]

Books we talked about in Ulster

Here is a partial list of some of the many books we talked about, recommended to one another, read from, or otherwise consulted, during the Spirituality and Peacemaking week in Northern Ireland earlier this month. Some of these books were mentioned in our sessions; others were used to help plan the sessions; others came up in informal conversations between the retreat participants. If you weren't on the retreat, dipping into these books might give you a sense of the breadth of the conversation … [Read more...]

Truth and Mercy, Justice and Peace

A person reading The Big Book of Christian Mysticism emailed me this morning to comment on my reflection on the paradox of mercy and justice in chapter seven. He sent me a link to an essay by the peacemaker John Paul Lederach, which is in essence a meditation on Psalm 85, especially verse 10: Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other. Lederach relates this to his experience working for conflict transformation in Nicaragua. He ponders on what a … [Read more...]

The Contemplative Life is a Heavenly Life

Blessed John Ruusbroec says, toward the end of his masterpiece The Spiritual Espousals, that "the contemplative life is a heavenly life."In The Big Book of Christian Mysticism, I describe mysticism as "living in heaven consciousness." (We'll see if that phrase survives the editing process, but I like it, so I think it will).I just read on Twitter where somebody quoted Thich Nhat Hanh as saying "The peace movement can write very good protest letters, but they are not yet able to write a love … [Read more...]


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