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Monthly Archives: September 2021

September 30, 2021

Common-Sense Compassion

Compassion Common-Sense Compassion Thursday, September 30, 2021 In this homily, Fr. Richard reflects on the well-known story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30–35), a parable Jesus used to teach us what common-sense compassion looks like in our everyday lives. This is probably the most well-known of all Jesus’ parables, probably because the lesson of compassion… Continue Reading Common-Sense Compassion

September 29, 2021

Our Compassionate God

Compassion Our Compassionate God Wednesday, September 29, 2021 CAC core faculty member James Finley gently reminds us of our infinite preciousness to God. God cannot help but meet us with compassionate love. Offering ourselves compassion is one step to encountering the depths of God’s compassion for us. Compassion is the love that recognizes and goes… Continue Reading Our Compassionate God

September 28, 2021

Smelling like the Sheep

Compassion Smelling like the Sheep Tuesday, September 28, 2021 A compassionate presence is one of the fruits of contemplation. In Richard Rohr’s book Eager to Love, he writes about the great compassion of St. Francis of Assisi (1182–1226) for others, which is inspired by the great compassion of Jesus. The most obvious change that results… Continue Reading Smelling like the Sheep

September 27, 2021

Compassion as Steadfast Love

Compassion Compassion as Steadfast Love Monday, September 27, 2021 Quaker author Richard Foster has long written on themes of prayer and spiritual practice. Focusing on the Hebrew word hesed, Foster explores the many ways that compassion shows up in the Hebrew Bible, both in God and in how people relate to one another: [The Hebrew… Continue Reading Compassion as Steadfast Love

September 26, 2021

Contemplation Creates Compassion

Compassion Contemplation Creates Compassion Sunday, September 26, 2021 A practice of contemplation is one of the surest ways to develop the virtue of compassion—for both ourselves and others. Father Richard speaks to how this loving gaze is developed between ourselves and God. Much of the early work of contemplation is discovering a way to observe… Continue Reading Contemplation Creates Compassion

September 25, 2021

What Do We Do With Money? Weekly Summary

What Do We Do With Money? Saturday, September 25, 2021 Week Thirty-Eight Summary and Practice Sunday, September 19—Friday, September 24, 2021 Sunday Money and soul have never been separate in our unconscious because they are both about human exchanges, and therefore, divine exchange. —Richard Rohr Monday The reign of God is a worldview of abundance.… Continue Reading What Do We Do With Money? Weekly Summary

September 24, 2021

Curbing Our Appetites

What Do We Do With Money? Curbing Our Appetites Friday, September 24, 2021 Sallie McFague (1933–2019) was a renowned scholar in the theological disciplines of ecology, economics, and feminist Christianity. In her book Blessed Are the Consumers, she calls consumerism “the most successful religion on the planet” with catastrophic results for humanity and our planet.… Continue Reading Curbing Our Appetites

September 23, 2021

It’s All a Gift

What Do We Do With Money? It’s All a Gift Thursday, September 23, 2021 Jesus said to the host who had invited him, “When you hold a lunch or dinner . . . invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; and blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.”… Continue Reading It’s All a Gift

September 22, 2021

Rights and Responsibilities

What Do We Do With Money? Rights and Responsibilities Wednesday, September 22, 2021 In his unpublished notes on money, Fr. Richard explores a parable that has often troubled faithful Christians, including pastors, theologians, and scripture scholars alike. Maybe the key to an honest Jesus hermeneutic around money has been lost in a parable that many… Continue Reading Rights and Responsibilities

September 21, 2021

The Power of Money

What Do We Do With Money? The Power of Money Tuesday, September 21, 2021 In 2019, Richard wrote a short book entitled What Do We Do with Evil? In it, he explored the apostle Paul’s teachings on “the world, the flesh, and the devil,” to clarify the often invisible, systemic, and hidden nature of evil,… Continue Reading The Power of Money

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