“An enlightened power of reason and a love common to all”

John Ruusbroec (1293-1381) is one of the greatest of the Christian mystics. His masterpiece, The Spiritual Espousals (sometimes translated as The Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage) in my opinion belongs on the short list of "must read" classics of western mysticism.Here is just a taste of the poetic breadth of his wisdom. At one point in the book he writes about the various gifts of the Holy Spirit as described in Isaiah 11. One of these gifts, Understanding, can be seen as comprising … [Read more...]

Quote for the Day

What happens to us when we come together to worship God is that the Holy Spirit swoops in and out among us, knitting us through the songs we sing, the prayers we pray, the breaths we breathe ... We breathe the air that circulated through the rain forests of Kenya and the air that has turned yellow with sulfur over Mexico City. We breathe the air that Plato breathed, and Mozart, and Michelangelo ... Every time we breathe we take in what was once some baby's first breath or some dying person's … [Read more...]


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