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he stereotype of the hermit is more or less fixed in the popular mind. Hermits are crazy old fools, secluded in their lonely huts, communing with nature, and caring little what other people think of them. Ryokan, the eighteenth-century Zen Master, was a classic example. He spent thirty years of his life in a hermitage delightfully surrounded by “a...
Spiritus: A Journal of Christian Spirituality 2.2 (2002) 243-244 In the White Mountains of New Hampshire, like anywhere else, skiing is an exercise in deliberate falling. You learn not to lean into the slope for safety, but to stretch out away from the hill—falling, as it were, into the emptiness of space. That keeps the full surface of the skis mo...
In Milton's description of the marriage of Adam and Eve in Paradise Lost , the entire Garden of Eden is seen to participate in the celebration of their union. Spousal and nature imagery are woven together, beauty and desire joined in the mystery of Adam's amazement at this gift of his “other self” newly received from God's hand. Says Adam of his wi...
“As I look back now, the threshold experience of the revival has formed me more than I knew… These include a deep appreciation for anti-structure, for the incapacity of any fixed place or institution fully to contain the holy. They involve the expectation of being found by God in the disconcerting moments of transition and movement in my life, as w...