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.
Contemplation begins with Wonder.
What Are you Wondering About Today?
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.
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.
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.
Books by Carl McColman
Karl Rahner said that Christians of the future will be mystics. But what is a mystic? What do mystics do, and how is their faith and spirituality unique? This course …
Thomas Merton is one of the towering figures of contemplative spirituality over the last century. This Trappist monk was a gifted writer and a brilliant interpreter of the Christian spiritual …
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 …
Julian of Norwich was a 14th century mystic and author who, even in her own lifetime, was renowned as a visionary and spiritual director. She was the first woman to …
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 …
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 »