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Thinking Out Loud

Sources of Spiritual Wisdom

by Michael Jinkins | Jul 11, 2017

Upcoming Special Series of Blogs


Spiritual WisdomAs readers of the "Thinking Out Loud" blog will be aware by now, next year (2017-2018) is my last academic year as president of Louisville Seminary, following which I will enjoy a year of terminal sabbatical. Thus next year will be the final year of this blog as well.

During the coming year, it is my intention to continue the Tuesday blog on a variety of subjects as always, but the Friday blogs (on alternating weeks) will reflect on what I consider to be the most significant sources for Christian spirituality.

The purpose of this series will be to explore classics from the Desert Fathers to Lady Julian of Norwich, including familiar resources such as the venerable Thomas à Kempis and the relatively less-familiar such as The Cloud of Unknowing and Meister Eckhart.

As anyone who has spent time with the writings of Thomas Merton knows, the spiritual life goes hand-in-glove with a life committed to practices of love, compassion and justice. Far from leading to quietism, dedication to prayer, contemplating and meditation open one up to the suffering of others and call upon the individual to seek to serve others practically and actively.

My hope is that readers will discover at least one or two significant new sources with whom they would like to continue to spend quality time. I can say from experience that a year invested in contemplation of Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love or Thomas à Kempis' Imitation of Christ can be life-changing. And I would be willing to predict that some of the best surprises await discovering a writer whom you have never read before, maybe you haven't even heard of yet.

I hope you'll join me for this special series on alternating Fridays next year as we close out eight years of "Thinking Out Loud." In case you're wondering about the Tuesday blogs, as usual, I haven't the foggiest idea of where they will go yet.

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