For several years, at the request of a number of readers, I wanted to collect and update various articles and lectures I have given on Meister Eckhart into a single volume as a follow-up to my older introductory work, Eckhart’s Way (1986), which itself was published in a revised edition by Veritas Publications, Dublin, in 2009. The collection, Meister Eckhart: Master of Mystics was published by Continuum (now Bloomsbury) in 2011.
In this book, I explore some of the important links between physical, emotional and mental health and spirituality, including longevity, resistance to disease and greater happiness. Wellness explores a number of areas in which a vibrant and healthy spirituality enables people to live longer, healthier lives, contribute to society and avoid many of the ‘discontents’ of our hectic technology-drive, commercialised, artificial and often lethal way of living in today’s world.
The new CD set of 12 lectures on Angels, Demons, and the Devil: Christian Belief and Experience is now available from Now You Know Media, in Chevy Chase, MD. You can find them at nowyouknowmedia.com.
The four-CD set, St. Dominic and the Dominican Way, is available from Now You Know Media, in Chevy Chase, MD. Renowned saints, theologians, mystics, missionaries, artists, teachers, preachers, and a number of notable rascals have been part of the Order since its accidental beginnings in southern France nearly 800 years ago. Find out more!
In March 2006, Orbis Books published the third, revised and expanded edition of Christian Spirituality: God’s Presence through the Ages. The only single-volume history of Christian spirituality when it originally appeared, it is still distinctive in situating its origin and development in the context of historical events of the period. A new chapter has been added on 21st-century spirituality.
In the latest installment in the adventures of my Knights Templar, Sir Friedrich von Hochheim and Robert of Troyes, has been published by Warner Books in Crusade of Fire – the third anthology in the Tales of the Knights Templar series. Edited by Katherine Kurtz, the series has been selling very well, and there’s rumbling about a fourth volume. In this tale, the Knights have found their way to Scotland, where they become involved in a scheme to protect the relics of St. Columba from being seized by Edward II before the Battle of Bannockburn. Although the story is fiction, the background is factual. To order click on Amazon.com or BarnesAndNoble.com
Following the introduction of the intrepid old Irish dragon-hunter Epiphanius Tighe in A DIVERSITY OF DRAGONS by Anne McCaffrey and Richard Woods (see below), I decided to trace Eppy’s career back a notch to his first meeting with the McCaffrey and a hurried trip to Chicago, where an angry Libyan dragon is on a rampage following the theft of some items from its hoard. Eppy soon finds himself deep in police scandals, political hackery, family problems, and danger from felons and the dragon itself, which has found a snug lair in the underground freight tunnel system. Just the ticket for a cool Hallowe’en night! For an on-line sample or to order either an electronic copy or a print copy, click on IUniverse.com, amazon.com , or BarnesandNoble.com and search for “Epiphanius Tighe.”
My last non-fiction book, The Spirituality of the Celtic Saints , appeared just before St. Patrick’s Day, 2000, from Orbis Press in New York. It’s an overview of the place, lives, and teachings of the great saints of Britain, Ireland, Scotland, Cornwall, and Brittany who flourished between the fifth and twelfth centuries, and their later imitators down to the twentieth century who continue to shape the spirituality of millions of Christians throughout the world.
Mysticism and Prophecy: The Dominican Spiritual Tradition , was published in May, 1998 in London by Darton, Longman and Todd and that September by Orbis Press in New York. One of the first four volumes in the series, “Traditions of Christian Spirituality,” being edited by Philip Sheldrake, it is an account of the ways in which the “negative theology” of the early Church influenced, and was influenced by, “affirmative theology” in the teaching and lives of Thomas Aquinas, Meister Eckhart, and Catherine of Siena. Many other Dominicans (and some non-Dominicans) figure in the story. Originally, the title was Ways of Knowing and Unknowing God , but that seemed a little long. The new title captures the spirit of the Order very well, however .
Celtic Spirituality: Ancient Heritage and Living Legacy explores important aspects of the spiritualities that animated the lives of the Christian peoples of Ireland, Britain, Scotland and other regions that once covered most of northwestern Europe and continues today in a variety of forms in many parts of the world – wherever necessity or adventure led emigrants from their ancestral homelands. This 12 lecture set was recorded on CD for Now You Know Media, Inc., Chevy Chase, MD, in Nov. 2011.