Julian of Norwich, Universal Salvation, and “All Shall Be Well”

A long-time reader of this blog emailed me recently with the following question about Julian of Norwich: Lately I've been re-reading the Showings of Julian ...
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Hildegard’s Mystical Vision of the Trinity

Today is the feast day of the medieval mystic, saint, and Doctor of the Church, Hildegard of Bingen. She died on September 17, 1179. I ...
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A Celtic Perspective on Abundance

A few days ago I posted the transcript of a talk I gave at a Celtic spirituality conference at Southern Illinois University, way back on ...
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Spirituality, Fantasy, and the Divine Imagination

On September 12 and 13, 2020, I directed an online retreat for the Monastery of the Holy Spirit on "the Spirituality of the Divine Imagination." ...
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What are the gifts of Celtic Spirituality for our age?

Here is a blast from the past: a talk I gave at a Celtic spirituality conference at Southern Illinois University, way back on May 1, ...
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Seven Secrets of the Christian Mystics — That Everyone Should Know

I had a conversation with several members of my Patreon circle the other day. We talked about the kinds of challenges people face when it ...
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Mystical Recital: Keren Dibbens-Wyatt’s Divine Prose-Poem

Some of the greatest mystics in history have written lyrical, imaginative poetry and prose in which they express the voice of God. From Catherine of ...
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Mysticism, Esotericism, Exotericism, Occultism… Sorting Through the Spiritual Wilderness

A reader posted this recently on my Facebook feed: I have a question, have you covered the differences between exoteric vs. esoteric spirituality? thanks. huge ...
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Eternal Heart: The Mystical Path to a Joyful Life (Pre-Order Now)

St. Augustine said that the human heart is restless until it rests in God. I certainly have a restless heart, and I suspect most people ...
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Imagination, Creativity and Spirituality (They Go Together Well)

Why did God give us the gift of imagination? If the idea of God giving us imagination puts you off, then why did evolution, or ...
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Living in the Spirit of Contemplative Prayer

What does it mean to live a contemplative life? Especially for those of us who are not called to live in a monastery or some ...
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Contemplation When Things Seem Out of Control

A reader named Allen writes: With what is going on in the world, how do we as contemplatives take care of our spiritual health? I ...
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Five Key Words for Understanding Christian Mysticism

So often people will say to me, "I just don't know what Christian mysticism is!" Which is perfectly understandable, since not only is mysticism related ...
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Writing, Quoting, Creating: On the Use of Other People’s Words in the Midst of Your Own

Speaking to the Shalem Institute a few years back, Richard Rohr told an amusing story about a retreat he gave to the monks of Gethsemani ...
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In Defense of Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a central tenet of Christian faith and practice. But what exactly is it? Is it an emotional process by which people are supposed ...
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