Acedia: The Ancient Word for Covid Blues

This year throughout Lent I will be writing about the desert monastic tradition and the way they understood thoughts and our relationship to them. In another article, which you can find by clicking HERE, I talked about the imagery used by these early Christian monks which describes unwanted thoughts and feelings as demons. This is … Continue reading Acedia: The Ancient Word for Covid Blues

Antirrhêtikos: Talking Back to Demons

Evagrius of Pontus, one of the most influential of the desert fathers and a student of Origen, wrote a book called Antirrhêtikos which is usually translated today as "Talking Back." This book was meant to be a practical reference manual for contemplatives. The idea behind the book comes from the scriptures, specifically Jesus' being tested … Continue reading Antirrhêtikos: Talking Back to Demons

New Monasticism: A Modern Expression of an Ancient Way

Monasticism, in the Christian tradition, goes right back to Egypt and Syria in the third and fourth centuries. For a brief period in Christianity's early history it was very dangerous to have the name Christian. Martyrdom was seen as a virtue precisely because the empire was trying to crush the Jesus movement which claimed that … Continue reading New Monasticism: A Modern Expression of an Ancient Way

Monkey Mind: Christian Mindfulness and the Eternal Now

Today is the first Sunday of the month when we share guest posts from people living and teaching the Contemplative and/or Celtic Christian way around the world. One of the beautiful things about the internet is that people doing amazing things in isolated parts of the world can learn from one another and grow together. … Continue reading Monkey Mind: Christian Mindfulness and the Eternal Now

Apokatastasis: An Alternative Doctrine to Hell

Celtic cosmology has often been cyclical rather than linear. The pre-Christian myths of the Celtic people do not have an account of the origins of the universe or the end of time. That changed when Christianity came on the scene as there was a clear beginning and clear end to the Biblical narrative. Yet, there … Continue reading Apokatastasis: An Alternative Doctrine to Hell