Mystics

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One Great Mystic Speaks of Another

by Carl McColman
Panikkar

Here is a video worth watching: an interview from 2007 in which Raimon Panikkar speaks about his knowledge of, and friendship with, the great Benedictine contemplative, Abhishiktananda. Panikkar was 88 years old when this video was filmed, and it’s a bit difficult to watch because his breathing was labored. But his mind was as sharp […]

The Feast of Saint Hildegard

by Carl McColman

Today, September 17, 2012, is the first feast day for Saint Hildegard of Bingen, as a saint recognized universally within the Catholic Church. Hildegard passed away on this day in 1179. It took 833 years for it to become an “official” saint’s day in the Catholic Calendar. Pope Benedict XVI recognized Hildegard as a saint […]

Hildegard’s Mystical Trinity

by Carl McColman

My latest column has been published at Patheos. Follow this link to read it: A Mystical Vision of the Trinity. It’s about Hildegard of Bingen and her vision of the Holy Trinity —  which was depicted in one of the many illuminations found in the original manuscript of Hildegard’s book Scivias. With Hildegard slated to be […]

Writing the Icon of the Heart

by Carl McColman

Writing the Icon of the Heart: In Silence Beholding By Maggie Ross Abingdon, UK: Bible Reading Fellowship, 2011 Almost twenty years ago I read Maggie Ross’s wonderful book on the theology of priesthood, Pillars of Flame: Power, Priesthood and Spiritual Maturity. Not only was it a valuable book in helping me to affirm my ministry […]

Awkward

by Carl McColman

A reader of my blog has written to me to ask for advice on reading the mystics. He notes, “they embrace very traditional theology that is awkward for me in the 21st century.” Indeed. There is no one single “Christian mystical theology.” I would be suspicious of anyone who tries to distill the teachings of […]

A Brief Julian of Norwich Bibliography

by Carl McColman

A Facebook friend has asked me to draw up a list of recommended books on Julian of Norwich. While I have done this previously (see my page on Julian), it had been a while since I had updated it, and there are some worthwhile new books available. So it seemed worth revisiting. Here, then, is […]

Quote for the Day

by Carl McColman

…the words of the Lord are like acts wrought in us, and so they must have produced some effect in those who were already prepared to put away from them everything corporeal and to leave the soul in a state of pure spirituality, so that it might be joined with Uncreated Spirit in this celestial […]