The Mystery is Solved!

Thanks to the reach of the Internet — and Facebook — I have discovered the identity of the photographer of the image that is being used for the cover design of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. The photographer is named Francesco Pirrone; he shot the photograph in the ruins of the Church of San Pantaleo in the village of Martis in Sardinia.If you care to visit it (I hope I can, someday), click here to see the location of the church on Google Maps.Here's an image of the exterior of the chu … [Read more...]

“A Mystical View of the Interior of a Ruined Church”

Lots of people have told me they love the cover design of The Big Book of Christian Mysticism. I had nothing to do with it. Thankfully, I like it too. It's not perfect, but it's perfect enough (just like the book itself). After so many people told me how much they liked it, I asked my contact at my publisher where the image came from. It actually is a royalty-free image from an online stock photo supplier, so I ponied up the money necessary to buy the rights to use it on my website. So here it … [Read more...]

Does Julian of Norwich ride MARTA?

My friend Jason Herman saw this recently at the Martin Luther King Memorial MARTA Station (MARTA is Atlanta's public public transportation authority). In his words: "I found Julian of Norwich at the King Memorial MARTA station! Well, I guess they didn't have the phrase 'OK' back then, but still... 'All manner of things will be OK.'"I find it rather amusing that this unlikely paraphrase of Julian's most famous quotation would adorn a fire extinguisher — after all, Julian's optimistic theology … [Read more...]

Come Alive! (Howard Thurman meets Michael Noyes & Fran McColman)

I'm delighted to announce that my good friend Michael Noyes has created a new work of calligraphy that features a photograph by my wife, Fran.The piece includes a wonderful quotation by the African-American mystic and theologian Howard Thurman, who was a mentor to Martin Luther King Jr., among others: Do not ask what the world needs.Ask what makes you come alive and do that.Because what the world needs is more people who have come alive! At the bottom of the print is a photograph of a … [Read more...]

In Albuquerque

Here is a snapshot of Fran and me standing in front of San Felipe de Neri Church, the oldest Catholic parish church in Albuquerque (and just a short walk from the hotel where the Emerging Church Conference was held). As the church's website puts it, "For nearly 300 years, San Felipe de Neri Parish has provided a spiritual heart for Albuquerque, New Mexico. That heart is still beating strongly, offering liturgical, pastoral, and educational services to parishioners and visitors. The present … [Read more...]

At the Botanical Gardens

Pretty much every Sunday Fran, Rhiannon and I drive to Athens, GA, where my father lives. We take him out to lunch and sometimes do other fun stuff — like today, we visited the Georgia Botanical Gardens, to enjoy the fall foliage, which is just now peaking down here in the south.Here's a snapshot I took of Dad, Fran, and Rhiannon...... while Fran took this photo of me, in one of my more "mystical" moments. … [Read more...]

The Beautiful Monastery

The Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia, is a beautiful place. It's a peaceful environment, perfect for an hour, a day, or a weekend (or, if you're a single Catholic man sensing a vocation to religious life, for a lifetime) devoted to prayer and contemplation.Here are a few photographs I took at the monastery this past Friday. … [Read more...]