Category Archives: Presence of God

Mysticism and The Dark Night of the Soul

While it has been important in many religions, the Christian Mysticism tradition has long placed a particular emphasis on the Dark Night of the Soul experience. The 16th century Spanish Carmelite priest St. John of the Cross wrote a poem … Continue reading Continue reading

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Hiding Christ from New Agers

This morning I was reading “My Prayer Journal” in the Victorian Baptist Witness. Part of the diary for Wednesday and Thursday went as follows: Something interesting happened today. Saw Greg put ‘religion’ and ‘new age’ books together (in the ‘new … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 20

Of Self-Annihilation Supplication and sacrifice are comprehended in prayer, which, according to S. John, is “an incense, the smoke whereof ascendeth unto God;” therefore it is said in the Apocalypse that “unto the Angel was given much incense, that he … Continue reading Continue reading

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A Short and Easy Method of Prayer – Chapter 18

Of Defects or Infirmities Should we either wander among externals, or sink into dissipation, or commit a fault, we must instantly turn inwards; for having departed thereby from our God, we should as soon as possible return again unto Him, … Continue reading Continue reading

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Listening without Knowing

I just posted an article to Mal’s Meanderings which looks at the example of some of this world’s heroes, who often had no idea of the eventual ramifications of their selfless acts of courage. They just did it because it was right to do. In some cases such people have acted because they clearly heard […] Continue reading

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