An Altar in the World (A Review)

There are a few authors who, when I read them, I feel invigorated about life.  Such authors make me want to be a Christian on days I am feeling cynical.  They are good for my soul.  I am thinking of people like Frederick Buechner, Henri Nouwen,  Eugene Peterson and N.T. Wright.  Now I can add…

Listening to the Saints – Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle (part 3)

This is my third post on Teresa of Avila’s spiritual classic, The Interior Castle.  Read part one and part two. Teresa of Avila's writing is enriching to my soul.  She has gone down in history as one of the most influential of Christian mystics, but she exhibited great humility in her work, saying,  "If you find…

Listening to the Saints – Julian of Norwich: “All Shall be Well” (Part 2)

I previously wrote about 14th century Christian nun and mystical writer Julian of Norwich here.  Welcome to part two. What use is there in a book written 700 years ago by a woman who lived alone, seeing visions of Jesus which some today would say make her crazy?  I was skimming through reviews of her…

Listening to the Saints – Julian of Norwich: “All shall be well”

“All shall be well. All shall be well.  All manner of things shall be well” Julian of Norwich was born around 1342.  Very little is known of her life.  Apparently she became gravely ill at age thirty and expected to die. Seven days later the illness passed and she experienced sixteen visions, or revelations. These…