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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What Happens During Silent Prayer

Brother Elias Marechal, OCSO is a Trappist monk of the Monastery of the Holy Spirit in Conyers, Georgia. He is the author of a luminous ...
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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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