Introduction: What follows is a very personal, autobiographical piece regarding my own conversion journey from New Age mysteries to the Catholic Mystery. It is taken from my upcoming book Cor Jesu Sacratissimum. Now, ripping extracts like this from a book’s totality is no easy thing. For the book supplies a great deal of context [...]
Some fairly personal notices for the moment. Around Advent last year, weblog entries here abruptly ceased, without explanation. What explanation there is for that fact lies in a crisis in Kim’s and my immediate family which I will say little of here. (Although I will note that while things remain very personally difficult, I [...]
Twenty five years ago, I was an enthusiastic young member of the Findhorn Community in Northern Scotland. Findhorn: it remains today one of the major world centres of the New Age movement, or as a Vatican document puts it: ‘The two centres which were the initial power-houses of the New Age, and to a certain [...]
Very personal thoughts regarding Valentin Tomberg and the French Counter Revolutionary tradition of the Sacred Heart.
Further reflexions on Valentin Tomberg and the Catholic Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus which commenced in Paray-le-Monial, France through the Apparitions to St Margaret Mary.
Once long ago, I lived at the New Age community of Findhorn in northern Scotland. What to say of this Findhorn community? Well, according to a Vatican document on the New Age, Jesus Christ the Bearer of the Water of Life: ‘The two centres which were the initial power-houses of the New Age, and to a [...]
Hello again Friends, Known and Unknown, This weblog starts up again … after months of winter. And although most of the time, I resist the temptation to very personal and informal writing at this blog – I’ll make an exception here. (Note the contractions I wouldn’t normally use). Many personal events have sharpened my awareness [...]
Foreword 2011: We continue with my serialisation of a letter originally written in 2005 mainly (though not completely and entirely) for New Age friends – who could not comprehend how I could leave my Findhorn-New Age past behind in favour of the Catholic Church. The series is subtitled “A Still Hesitant Apologetics”, because in 2005 [...]
Foreword 2011: I am convert to the Church after twenty years of New Age faith and activity – in Findhorn, among other places. Recently I have been serialising a long letter originally written to old New Age friends of mine back in 2005. Traditional Catholic readers of this weblog could be mystified by my approach [...]
Just a very personal Webburst to say that Kim and I warmly thank whichever unknown friends in America have been using the Amazon links to support this site. It means a lot to us. Speaking very personally, I hope I am aware of the potential for vanity in asking for this support. Why should this [...]
January 2011 Amendment: The following entry was originally written under a slight misapprehension as to the Holy Father’s words. In a British print journal, I had read the Pope say that in terms of the global climate crisis: The Church is the only hope. The quote had been taken from Light of the World – [...]
This is a long excerpt from my upcoming self-published book Cor Jesu Sacratissimum – RB.
Ah, the soundbite. That idol of the Modern Age. Unfortunately – or rather not – the most important things of life are not easily captured in soundbites. Now this web project is very much an attempt to grapple with that which seems most important to my wife and to myself. (Though how much we succeed, [...]
I was grateful here for Disciple’s comments and in surfing to his site (here) I was also moved to see something that he expresses forthrightly there. It is the joy of the Faith. Now in my hopefully soon to be self-published book Cor Jesu Sacratissimum, I also expand on this theme of the joy of [...]
Today I thought I would simply put up a little more from the draft of my upcoming book: Cor Jesu Sacratissimum: From Materialism and the New Age to the Catholic Mystery. The book is not principally autobiography – though it contains autobiographical elements. The following passage refers to my slow exit from the New Age [...]
For readers new to this space, perhaps it is good if I say again that I am a Catholic convert who once passionately identified with the New Age movement. For many years, I was associated in one way or another with the Findhorn Foundation in the north of Scotland, which numerous people would identify as [...]
The great joys of my life: Marriage. Fatherhood. Entry into the Holy Church … This Church – when exactly did I enter her, I wonder? Was there even in 1997 on the threshold of my 34th birthday, somehow a partial entry into Her Mysteries – when I had a set of unexpected experiences which led [...]
Dear Friends, Known and Unknown, Not so long ago, I took the decision here to occasionally write very personally about myself. This is one of those exceptions where I want to speak very personally and frankly. And I mark it now as a “personal exception” in order that those interested in less personal fare can [...]
May I be permitted, may I permit myself, I wonder, a lamentation here, a cry, even a scream from the heart? Cry out, as I continue in the personal and autobiographical mode of my last entry – in which entry I also invoked the words of a deceased, anonymous author writing in French, just before [...]
There are many blogs where the blogger reveals a great deal of his or her personal life and day-to-day affairs. And such, I am sure is appropriate and meaningful for many forums. I have wanted to do something a bit different here: to try to address more universal themes, and use the personal mainly for [...]