Fr. Nicholas talks about his work that uses contemplative practice for stress relief.
Living a contemplative life is not very easy in this crazy world. Doing contemplative practices and praying regularly is hard, too. Here, we talk about some of the challenges we have faced and some struggles common to the contemplative journey.
Discussion between Marc and Clint about The Christian Mystics. Marc discusses the different Christian mystics historically and in the context of the larger tradition. There are three main groupings. Marc also mentions some of his surprises in studying the mystics. Also mentioned: What is the benefit of studying the Christian mystics?
The hosts discuss the stages of Christian Mysticism, using the models of early Desert Father John Cassian and 20th Century Anglican writer Evelyn Underhill. This episode is rich in explaining some of the traditional models used in the mystical tradition that has always been in Christianity, throughout history, even if not often discussed in churches. The hosts also often candid feedback as to how (and if) these models apply to the modern Westerner trying to balance contemplative life with a hyper-stimulated socio-economic culture.
Marc and Clint discuss an article by Ilia Delio that responds and (intelligently) critiques the theology of Richard Rohr.