What is Mysticism — and What Does it Mean for Christians?

A couple of weeks ago I posted to this blog an article called Just What is Mysticism Anyway? And Why Should Anyone Care? But a ...
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Understanding "The Dark Night of the Soul"

A reader writes, Carl, have you written any articles on the “dark night” or about the struggles we face on our paths? I’d be grateful if ...
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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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The Difference Between Meditation and Contemplation

A reader of my blog writes: As someone new and aspiring to find a more contemplative lifestyle, I'm curious of one thing. Is there a ...
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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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Just What is Mysticism Anyway? And Why Should Anyone Care?

I love to tell the story of a monk, Fr. Anthony Delisi (author of Praying in the Cellar) who was my mentor as a Lay Cistercian ...
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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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Romans 8:28-39: Basic Instructions for A Mystical Worldview

One of the most beautiful passages in the New Testament — perhaps even one of the most beautiful passages in all the wisdom literature of ...
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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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Prayer for Beginners: What is the Best Practice for Newcomers to Mystical Christianity?

A reader writes, I am emailing to ask you what particular practice of prayer you would suggest to someone starting out on the mystical path? ...
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Is the Liturgy of the Hours a Required Practice for Christian Contemplatives Today?

A reader writes, I've been leaning into a contemplative way of life for a couple of decades now... I've settled down into a daily pattern ...
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Teresa of Ávila: A Passionate Mystic of the Love of God

Visit the Cornaro Chapel in the Church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome, and you will see a 17th century masterpiece of Baroque sculpture: Gian ...
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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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