Tag Archives: Cloud of Unknowing

Anointing with Love

Christ Means “Anointed” Anointing with Love Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Cynthia Bourgeault has spent years studying Mary Magdalene, one of Jesus’ closest apostles, often conflated with a prostitute. Cynthia reclaims Magdalene’s significance as Jesus’ beloved companion and a model of authentic love. Christ is not Jesus’s last name—an obvious but so-often overlooked truism. It means… Continue Reading Anointing with Love

The End of Knowing

Unknowing: Week 2 The End of Knowing Friday, October 12, 2018 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when completeness comes, what is in… Continue Reading The End of Knowing

The Power of Love

Unknowing: Week 2 The Power of Love Thursday, October 11, 2018 The anonymous, 14th century author of The Cloud of Unknowing conveys the fathomless mystery of God and that God can only be known by loving presence—contemplation. The Cloud of Unknowing was the inspiration for practices such as centering prayer and Christian meditation. Today and… Continue Reading The Power of Love

Exploring the Mystics with Cynthia Bourgeault: Weekly Summary

Exploring the Mystics with Cynthia Bourgeault Summary: Sunday, October 15-Friday, October 20, 2017 This week guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault reflected on Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and The Cloud of Unknowing. Teilhard reveals a wrenchingly honest acknowledgement of our human predicament and an unfailing fidelity to seeing God in every aspect of… Continue Reading Exploring the Mystics with Cynthia Bourgeault: Weekly Summary

The Work of Contemplation

Exploring the Mystics with Cynthia Bourgeault The Work of Contemplation Friday, October 20, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault continues reflecting on the classic, anonymous text of Christian mysticism, The Cloud of Unknowing. As I mentioned yesterday, I approach The Cloud in a different way than it is typically understood. While reading… Continue Reading The Work of Contemplation

Knowing from the Whole

Exploring the Mystics with Cynthia Bourgeault Knowing from the Whole Thursday, October 19, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault reflects on another significant element within the Christian mystical lineage. The Cloud of Unknowing is a 14th-century spiritual classic written by an anonymous English monk. Perhaps this shows ego in a subservient role.… Continue Reading Knowing from the Whole

The Recovery of Christian Contemplation

Centering Prayer The Recovery of Christian Contemplation Sunday, February 12, 2017 There are numerous forms of contemplative prayer. Each Saturday, following the summary of the week’s meditations, I introduce a new “Practice” that I invite you to try. I also hope you’ll sink your roots deeply into one particular practice for a long period of… Continue Reading The Recovery of Christian Contemplation

Love: Week 1 Summary

Love: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, December 27, 2015-Saturday, January 2, 2016 The Judeo-Christian creation story says that we were created in the very “image and likeness” of God—who is love. (Sunday) Jesus’ reality, his cross, is to say a free “yes” to what his humanity daily asks of him. (Monday) The contemplative is not just… Continue Reading Love: Week 1 Summary

The Cloud of Unknowing, Part II

Mystics and Non-Dual Thinkers: Week 2 The Cloud of Unknowing, Part II Friday, July 24, 2015 In his introduction to his translation, Ira Progoff writes: “The ultimate goal of the work of The Cloud of Unknowing is union with God, not as God is thought of or imagined to be, but as God is in… Continue Reading The Cloud of Unknowing, Part II

The Cloud of Unknowing, Part I

Mystics and Non-Dual Thinkers: Week 2 The Cloud of Unknowing, Part I Thursday, July 23, 2015 The Cloud of Unknowing is a 14th century spiritual classic written by an anonymous English monk. Again note the lack of ego here. But the writer was also anonymous for practical reasons. Meister Eckhart had just been silenced by… Continue Reading The Cloud of Unknowing, Part I

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