I’m Wondering About the Relationship Between Mysticism and the Church. Here’s Why.

I often get asked if Christian mysticism needs the institutional church. Do you have to be a member of a church in order to be ...
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Gatekeeping and Contemplation: Is the Church Its Own Worst Enemy?

A friend of mine posted the following fascinating observation recently on Facebook: I am easing out of parish ministry because there are too many gatekeepers ...
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Let’s Go Deeper in Our Exploration of Mystical Christianity

Friends, I'm really excited about a new writing project I am launching next month through Patreon. I hope you will prayerfully consider joining me on ...
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A New Edition of One of My Older Books is Coming Out Next Summer!

In my book Unteachable Lessons I talk about how, before I became a Catholic in 2005, I wrote a number of books that reflected my interest ...
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Pictures of Rhiannon

My saving angel was... a chronically ill little girl. If you've read Unteachable Lessons, you know that the "star" of the title chapter of the book ...
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Unteachable Hope, or, My Dream for Readers of My Latest Book

"What is your greatest hope for this book?" This question came to me the other day from my friend Colette Lafia, a spiritual director and ...
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The Point Behind “Be Still and Know”

One of the most popular verses in the Bible is Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.” You can go into a ...
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Biased Against Creative Work? It’s Easy to Do

Recently I went for a walk with a good friend of mine. We were chatting as we walked, and one topic that came up was ...
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Contemplating Dragon Con: Pop Culture, Creativity, and the Masks We Wear

Each year on Labor Day weekend downtown Atlanta hosts Dragon Con, one of the larger conventions for fans of science fiction, fantasy, comics, horror, gaming, ...
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A Luminous Autobiography from America’s Most Unsung Mystic

Not all spiritual books are created equal. Of course, there are the theological differences: many books present an image of God that is limited, narrow, ...
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Remembering the Monk Who Wrote About Grace

Last week Father James Behrens, OCSO died suddenly. He was 71 years old. Father James had been a Catholic priest for 45 years and a ...
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Advance Praise for “Unteachable Lessons”

One of the scariest moments for me, as an author, is when my editor and I have finished working on a book, and we then ...
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The Paradox of Radical Trust

On his live album Precious Friend, Arlo Guthrie cracked a joke: “You can’t have a light without a dark to stick it in.” Seekers of ...
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What Inspired Me to Write About Christian Mysticism

This month marks nine years since The Big Book of Christian Mysticism was published. Hard to believe it's been that long! To mark this anniversary, I'm reposting here an "author's ...
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Celebrating Evelyn Underhill

It was forty years ago this summer — the summer of 1979 — that I first discovered Evelyn Underhill, the British spiritual author whose writings ...
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