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Meister Eckhart

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Summer slow down

Yikes, where has the time gone?  Summer certainly seems to govern time differently.  The rest of the year the routine wears on and the days are well ordered, but summer seems to trick even the sun into a longer lazier arc.  I confess that this year has been particularly difficult as I am juggling a home visit and various projects on an altered schedule, namely that of a later summer due to my Oxford schedule.  However, this doesn't mean that we have been idle.  I am pleased to say that a number of projects are continuing and I am sure that we will be back in the swing for October.
  I have been in the States since the end of June and will return to England on September 29th in time for the Eckhart Conference 1-3 October 2010.  If you haven't made plans to attend you should really consider doing so for your own study and spiritual growth.
  I received an email from a colleague rightly observing that the Eckhart Society is one of the few places where the mystical and spiritual truth of Eckhart's mysticism is supported.  I agree! He also noted: "The best academic work in mysticism and ethics is now mostly being done by Catholic scholars at the universities with a commitment to Catholicism."  There is a value in the Catholic perspective, its sense of historical and philosophical scholarship, its respect for the Medieval realities and our modern concerns, render an approach to scholarship that many secular programs ignore.  This is why I see the AYCARDUS Project as such a valuable contribution.  Be sure to go to the AYCARDUS site and see what we are doing.

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