Do Christian Mystics Believe in Redemption?

An email came to me today, with this question: Dear Carl, I read your Big Book of Christian Mysticism a few years back, and it was ...
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A Theology of Love: Why Julian of Norwich Matters

Nota bene: I've been asked to write a short reflection on why Julian of Norwich matters to me. Here it is. I first "met" Julian of ...
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Questions After a Retreat: What Books to Read, What Steps to Take Next

Shortly after concluding my Praying with the Spanish Mystics Retreat, one of the persons who participated sent me this follow-up email: Hello. I have your book ...
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Praying with the Spanish Mystics

This week I facilitated my second Zoom retreat hosted by the monks of Holy Cross Monastery. Our theme was "Praying with the Spanish Mystics" — ...
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Spirit of the Celtic Gods and Goddesses: A New Edition for an “Old Friend”

If you are interested in Celtic mythology — and curious about how to integrate the ancient wisdom from the Celtic people into your spiritual life ...
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Missing Your Favorite Monastery or Retreat House? Here are Some Online Retreat Opportunities

In these extraordinary times that we find ourselves in, I have been profoundly moved at how meaningful online retreats and courses have become for so ...
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Books For Understanding the Wisdom and Theology of Julian of Norwich

It's no secret to anyone who reads this blog that I consider Julian of Norwich to be one of, if not simply the, greatest of ...
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Dreams, Songs, and Sorrow: Three Celtic Poets to Read Now

Ireland is a land shaped by myth, story, and poetry — and her sister countries in the Celtic world, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, and so forth, ...
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A Drop of Water is Not the Ocean (Understanding Christian Mystical Teachings of Union and Nonduality)

A reader named Beth writes: Hi Carl, I started reading "The Big Book of Christian Mysticism" and have a question for you... In chapter 1 ...
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Evelyn Underhill, Baron Friedrich von Hügel, and the Journey of Spiritual Formation

Today (June 15) is a day for remembering the passing of Evelyn Underhill, who died on this day in 1941. If you are new to ...
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Where Do You Draw the Line: Discerning Appropriate Boundaries for Interspiritual Practice

I recently received a letter from a reader of this blog who grew up an evangelical Baptist, and when to a conservative Christian school, the ...
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A Friend Called Me Out For Hiding Behind My White Privilege. She Did the Right Thing.

Last week, when the story about Amy Cooper, the white woman in Central Park who called the police after a black man simply requested that ...
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An Examen of the Senses

Today I want to share with you something I co-wrote with my wife, Fran. For our RCIA program, we often begin or end our meeting ...
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Rebooting a Contemplative Practice… and Choosing the Right Method for Silent Prayer

A reader named Allen sent me this question — actually two questions. What advice would you have for someone who who wants to reboot their ...
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The Communion of Saints Who Watch Over Me As I Write

Today's post is just for fun! This morning on Facebook my cousin Danny, up in Manhattan, made a comment about the beautiful icon of the ...
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