Practicing Mental Prayer

John ArmstrongContemplation, Mysticism, Prayer, Spirituality

Once we realize that prayer is “friendly intercourse” with God, rooted in his deep love for us, we can begin to talk about the method for how we do this. I offer, based upon my own reading of various spiritual directors and great theologians, some observations on how to pray in this way. First, we cannot speak to God “intimately” … Read More

Learning the Practice of Mental Prayer

John ArmstrongMysticism, Prayer, Spirituality

The great saints and writers of the Christian church all have much to teach us. I embarked upon reading some of the classic writings of the historic church some years ago and my only regret is that it took me this long. One such writer is St. Teresa. Saint Teresa of Ávila (1515 – 1582) was a prominent Spanish mystic … Read More

My Visit with Fr. Joseph Girzone on Joshua Mountain

John ArmstrongJesus, Mysticism, Personal, Roman Catholicism

The famous author and well-known spiritual teacher, Fr. Richard Rohr, wrote an endorsement for Barbara Benjamin’s engaging biography of Fr. Joseph F. Girzone, The Joshua Priest: A Biography of Faith. The endorsement noted: “It has been said that ideas do not change people, but people change people. In this book you will have two beautiful ‘people’ encounters – with a … Read More

A Theology of Negation

John ArmstrongMysticism, Patristics, Personal, Postmodernity, Spirituality

In the fourth century three eminent Greek theologians, called the Cappadocian Fathers, gave birth to a theology that has remained in the church through the centuries. I am quite persuaded that a recovery of this theology is underway among some Christians in the West. Let me explain. Two brothers, Basil of Caesarea (icon at left) and Gregory of Nyssa, together … Read More