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Monthly Archives: September 2017

September 20, 2017

Courageous Nonviolence

Nonviolence Courageous Nonviolence Wednesday, September 20, 2017 Love is the strongest force the world possesses and yet it is the humblest imaginable. —Mahatma Gandhi [1] Living a nonviolent life is no easy task; it is not simply pacifism. It requires courageous love, drawn from the very source of our being. As Mark Kurlansky explains, “Pacifism… Continue Reading Courageous Nonviolence

September 19, 2017

The Inevitable Spiral of Violence

Nonviolence The Inevitable Spiral of Violence Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Dom Hélder Câmara (1909-1999) was a Brazilian archbishop and brilliant nonviolent activist who offered a model for understanding how structural injustice leads to greater violence. [1] I overlay Dom Hélder’s teaching on the “spiral of violence” with traditional Catholic moral teaching which saw the three… Continue Reading The Inevitable Spiral of Violence

September 18, 2017

The Root of Violence

Nonviolence The Root of Violence Monday, September 18, 2017 The root of violence is the illusion of separation—from God, from Being itself, from being one with everyone and everything. When you don’t know you are connected and one, you will invariably resort to some form of violence to get the dignity and power you lack.… Continue Reading The Root of Violence

September 17, 2017

Taking Jesus Seriously

Nonviolence Taking Jesus Seriously Sunday, September 17, 2017 How is it that after two thousand years of meditation on Jesus Christ we’ve managed to avoid everything that he taught so unequivocally? This is true of every Christian denomination, even those who call themselves orthodox or doctrinally pure.  We are all “cafeteria Christians.” All of us… Continue Reading Taking Jesus Seriously

September 16, 2017

Prophets: Weekly Summary

Prophets Summary: Sunday, September 10-Friday, September 15, 2017 Honest and humble self-critical thinking is necessary to see one’s own shadow and usually well-hidden narcissism. Only when I encounter my shadow do I realize that my biggest problem is me! (Sunday) The dualistic mind presumes that if you criticize something, you don’t love it.  Wise people… Continue Reading Prophets: Weekly Summary

September 15, 2017

Offering Hope

Prophets Offering Hope Friday, September 15, 2017 Today, John Dear offers six more qualities of a true prophet. Click here to read the first six characteristics. Seventh, a prophet confronts the status quo. With the prophet, there is no sitting back. The powerful are challenged, empires resisted, systemic injustices exposed. Prophets vigorously rock the leaky… Continue Reading Offering Hope

September 14, 2017

Signs of a Prophet

Prophets Signs of a Prophet Thursday, September 14, 2017 Over the next few days I’d like to share thoughts from my friend, author and peace activist John Dear, who lives here in New Mexico. I believe he has been a prophet of nonviolence for many, many people. John offers twelve signs to help us identify… Continue Reading Signs of a Prophet

September 13, 2017

Liberation

Prophets Liberation Wednesday, September 13, 2017 A prophet is one who keeps God free for people and who keeps people free for God. Both of these are much needed and vital tasks. God has been imprisoned and made inaccessible, and far too many people have been shamed and taught guilt to keep us clergy in… Continue Reading Liberation

September 12, 2017

The Edge of the Inside

Prophets The Edge of the Inside Tuesday, September 12, 2017 Prophets, by their very nature, cannot be at the center of any social structure. Rather, they are “on the edge of the inside.” They cannot be fully insiders, but they cannot throw rocks from outside either. They must be educated inside the system, knowing and… Continue Reading The Edge of the Inside

September 11, 2017

Struggling with Shadow

Prophets Struggling with Shadow Monday, September 11, 2017 The Hebrew prophets are in a category of their own. Within the canonical, sacred scriptures of other world religions we do not find major texts that are largely critical of that very religion. The Hebrew prophets were free to love their tradition and to profoundly criticize it… Continue Reading Struggling with Shadow

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