Co-sponsored by the Cathedral of St. Philip's Bookstore, Mary & Martha's Place, and Zeitgeist Atlanta.
Join Carl on June 29,2021 for the

Eternal Heart
Publication Celebration!

Join Carl McColman and special guests Lerita Coleman Brown, Caroline Herring and Colette Lafia for a special online event as we celebrate the publication of Eternal Heart — and reflect together on the sacred wisdom of the heart.

To attend this free, online event, register by clicking the link below. 

June 29, 2021, at 7:30 PM Eastern Time (North America)


If you don't know about Carl McColman and his work, you should.”

Brian D. McLaren

Discover the Great Mystics, and See How Their Wisdom Can Illuminate Your Spiritual Journey!

Christian Mystics

108 Seers, Saints and Sages

"Carl McColman has written many accessible books on spirituality, the mystics, and contemplative prayer."
Richard Rohr, in his daily email for May 11, 2021 — in which he quotes from Christian Mystics

"We live to feel alive. We need to know love and joy. And I feel this book could help safeguard — and encourage — many tender, precious unfurling wings."
Daniel Ladinsky, author of Love Poems from God


to a Website of Unknowing —

featuring the work of contemplative author and speaker Carl McColman. Delve into these pages to reflect on topics such as mystical Christianity, silent prayer, Celtic wisdom, and interfaith spirituality. See what's new »

Please take some time today to be silent.
Know that you are created in the image and likeness of Love.

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Anamchara (Anam Ċara)

Gaelic for “Soul Friend”

We encounter God — the Ultimate Mystery — by weaving together silence, love, sacred stories, the capacity to wonder, to celebrate, to contemplate, to pray... and the care of companions along the way.

"Anyone without a soul friend is like a body without a head," proclaimed Saint Brigid.  Her words invite and challenge us to seek the Divine in and through the eyes of others. Mystics of every age have shared their wisdom: elder to seeker, mentor to aspirant, and even simply friend to friend. Today, we seek those who may bring God to us — and to whom we, in turn, bring God.

While the printed word can never replace the intimacy and compassion that meets us through a soul friend, may all who visit these electronic pages find stories that resonate, practices that inspire, and the kind of knowledge that leads to the threshold of unknowing.

Contemplation begins with Wonder.
What Are you Wondering About Today?

Discover Mysticism

Karl Rahner famously said, “the Christian of the future will be mystic or will not exist.” Discover for yourself the rich history of mystical spirituality within Christianity (and other traditions as well) — and discern how you can cultivate your own contemplative life.

Deepen Your Practice

Coming soon: a series of online courses designed to support creating your own contemplative practice. Learn how the wisdom of the Christian mystics can bring joy to your daily life. Subscribe to the Anamchara email list to be notified when the first course is launched.

Read Carl's Blog

Carl McColman, the author of this website, has been blogging about the spiritual life since 2003. His weekly updates cover a variety of topics, from popular culture, to book reviews, to Celtic spirituality, to the joys of maintaining a vibrant contemplative practice.

About the Author

Carl McColman

Soul Friend • Storyteller

In addition to creating and maintaining, Carl McColman is the author of books about mystical and contemplative spirituality written from a variety of perspectives. Read More »

Upcoming Events

Online Day of Reflection for Patrons: Transfiguration (August 7, 2021)

Four times a year I offer an online Quiet Day/Day of Reflection for the generous patrons who support the Anamchara website/blog/knowledge base through Patreon. The next such quiet day will …

Online Day of Reflection for Patrons: Transfiguration (August 7, 2021) Read More »

Online Course: Wisdom of the Desert (September 27-October 22, 2021)

Explore the wisdom, wit, and spiritual insight of the Desert Mothers and Fathers in this four-week online course, sponsored by Columbia Theological Seminary’s Center for Lifelong Learning. The course counts …

Online Course: Wisdom of the Desert (September 27-October 22, 2021) Read More »

Come to the Eternal Heart Publication Day Celebration — June 29, 2021!

Friends, you are invited to a special virtual event: the Eternal Heart Book Launch Celebration! We will gather via Zoom on Tuesday, June 29, 2021 from 7:30 – 8:45 PM (Eastern …

Come to the Eternal Heart Publication Day Celebration — June 29, 2021! Read More »

Work with Carl

Carl McColman has a limited practice of spiritual direction — a one-on-one opportunity for Carl to accompany you as you seek to move more deeply into the life of prayer. Learn More »

Carl is also available to churches and other organizations, to lead retreats or classes (online or in person) related to contemplative spirituality. Make a Booking Inquiry »

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