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Eternal Heart

In his latest book, contemplative author Carl McColman guides us in exploring and celebrating the tremendous love available to us — in, through, and beyond the beats of our very hearts.

Your heart is a gift, and is filled with gifts divine. Drawing on the wisdom of the mystics and the insight of his own contemplative journey, Carl invites you to know, recognize and embody the gifts of your eternal heart — and to savor the joy those gifts bring to you.

 

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

Brian D. McLaren
Author

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

Welcome
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.

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

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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.

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About the Author

Carl McColman

Soul Friend • Storyteller

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

Upcoming Events

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 …

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Online Day of Reflection for Patrons: October 2, 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 …

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Online Retreat: The Spiritual Imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (October 22-23, 2021)

J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia are masterpieces of fantasy literature. Since both authors were committed Christians, these writings also are filled …

Online Retreat: The Spiritual Imagination of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis (October 22-23, 2021) Read More »

Online Retreat Day: At the Edge of Waiting: Centering Prayer and Celtic Spirituality (October 30, 2021)

In celebration of the Christian feast days of All Saints and All Souls — and the ancient Celtic New Year, which happened at this same time — you are invited …

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Online Event: Invitation to a Deeper Spiritual Life (Dates: January 10-February 7, 2022)

Columbia Theological Seminary has a splendid certificate program for spiritual formation, and this four-week online course is the introductory program for those who wish to participate. But even if you …

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In Person Event: Praying with the Desert Mothers and Fathers (July 8-10, 2022)

I am SO excited to be returning to Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, NY! I was honored to lead several online retreats for this monastic community during the pandemic; …

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In-Person Event: Praying with Thomas Merton and Ignatius of Loyola (July 15-17, 2022)

I’m so pleased to be returning to Ignatius House for my first in-person retreat since before the pandemic! I’ve been asked to revisit one of my most popular retreats, which …

In-Person Event: Praying with Thomas Merton and Ignatius of Loyola (July 15-17, 2022) 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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