Writings

These writings are books, or articles, both published and unpublished, that I have composed
over the years. The words seek to enable us to enter more deeply into the Word. They are
composed from silence and seek to explore insights from the mystics about the mystery of
our oneness in God and about contemplation. I encourage you to behold as Julian of
Norwich invites us, from the bodily sight of the words, to words forming in our
understanding, or the deep ground of our heart, to spiritual sight and more spiritual sight,
beyond what words can tell. In reading, I invite you to go beyond the words into the
mystery they seek to point towards.

Books

Gifted Origins to Graced Fulfilment

The Soteriology of Julian of Norwich 

I wrote this book as I was writing my thesis on Julian, where I explored salvation as oneing. I invite you into beholding with Julian into the oneing of the Trinity. 

View at the Book Depository.

Book Chapters

"The Ecstasy of Agape"
in Personal Transformation and New Creation, Edited by Ilia Delio, 2018.

This is a chapter I wrote on the beautiful writings of Beatrice Bruteau. It speaks of the awakening of communion consciousness, which awakens as we enter into the ground of our heart, recover our original memory of being one in Christ and stabilise in the organic identity of our participation in the ecstasy of the Trinity. To read more go to  Book Depository.

“Salvation as Oneing”
in Christian Theologies of Salvation A Comparative Introduction,
Edited by Justin S. Holcomb, 2017.

To read this chapter please go to the Book Depository.

“Sacred Heart”

in Falling in Love With God

Edited by Frank Fletcher, 2015.

To read this chapter please go to:  Garratt Publishing 

“The Theologian as Spiritual Director”

in Embracing Grace. Edited by Heather Thompson and David Neville, 2009.

Articles

Silence Enflamed: John of the Cross and Prayer.

I’d like to begin by inviting you to enter into the solitude of your own heart, to listen to the
silent music, that canticle of love that resounds in the deepest depths of who we are. It is a song so silent, so sweet, so gentle that it immerses us in the divine passion that seeks to be one with us. This silence stills and awakens our inner eye of love…read more here

Living in the Presence of God

In this article I will draw our attention to the sacredness of the present moment in which we dwell and show how we can nurture a spirituality of Presence through the practice of centering prayer. After situating the image of God as Presence within the context of scripture and tradition, I will focus on various aspects of this Presence: the presence as love, a relational presence, and a dark presence. I will then show how awareness of the Presence unites us to the Presence we are seeking. Finally I will give an example of centering prayer as a way of disposing and opening us to the gift of contemplation that the Presence longs to give us, by leading us to a meeting place with God in our deepest centre, and sensitizing us to the oneness of all, in the uniting love of God…….read more here

Sacred Heart

Beckoning us to enter through the door of silence, beyond the literal into symbolic mystery, these words of Jesus, ‘when you pray go to your room’ draw us to enter the room within the depths of our selves that is sacred and of God. We call this room the heart. Beyond the confines of the physiological heart, this ‘room where we pray’ identifies the soul-place within. It has no differentiation between body and soul. This heart is where eternal, divine love creatively touches us and holds us in being. It is the inner chamber of the core of our being, where we are absolutely one with God. If we gather all our thoughts together and bring the gaze of our spirit to enter into the inner room of our heart, become sensitive to the language of the heart, and are present with contemplative awareness, we discover that we participate in Trinitarian love. We encounter the heart of God. The heart is the place where we enjoy that ultimately we are one with God….read more here

Discerning from the Oneness of Love

These are some of my recent ponderings about discerning, drawing on Julian of Norwich and the Cloud of Unknowing seer. In the article I reflect on discerning from the depths of oneing, sensitising to the stirrings of love, discerning false stirrings and choosing what is hidden between. I also explore the implications of discerning from oneness for spiritual direction…read more here

Quiet Loving

Pray. Be present to the presence of divine love. ‘Pray” is a cry of the yearning heart. It is an expression of our deepest reality.  We are human beings created in the ecstatic and tranquil embrace of the Trinitarian love that gives and receives in an eternal making one. Created from the prayer of the Trinity, for prayer, we long to return to this source of infinite peace. This longing for the quiet of the Godhead is at the source of who we are…..read more here

Contemplative Intention

I invite you to enter into the solitude of your own heart, and become aware of the longings of love deep within. This mysterious longing that resounds in the deepest depths of who we are, stirs us and immerses us in the divine desire that seeks to be one with us. This passion of the divine Lover beckons us, as it silences, stills and awakens our inner eye of love, to behold and to enjoy the loving Presence in the inner-most intimate centre of our heart….read more here

You may also be drawn to a series of prayers written to enter into the sacred space of contemplative intention as an accompaniment to this reflection……read more here 

Insights from the Revelations of Divine Love and the Contemplation to Attain Love

In response to those who seek encouragement in their longing to yield to the gentle but insistent desire to be grounded in their source, to give of what they have received, and to live a transforming way of conversion, I will explore Bernard Lonergan’s theology of religious conversion and present insights into the nature of conversion from two classic voices from the tradition, Julian of Norwich and Ignatius of Loyola….read more here