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the Mendicant, Fall 2018, Vol. 8, No. 4

Click here to read the Fall 2018 Mendicant. This issue features:

  • St. Óscar Romero by Richard Rohr
  • A Reflection on Monseñor Óscar Romero, by Donna Bruzzese
  • Recommended Reading, a book review by Lee Staman on The Scandal of Redemption: When God Liberates the Poor, Saves Sinners, and Heals Nations

the Mendicant, Summer 2018, Vol. 8, No. 3

Click here to read the Summer 2018 Mendicant. This issue features:

  • Ascending and Descending Religions by Richard Rohr
  • Spaces Where We Invite the Divine by Rebecca “Puck” Stair
  • Into the Deep End by Brie Stoner
  • A Transformational Power of Loss by Mirabai Starr
  • A Different Kind of Darkness by Gigi Ross

the Mendicant, Spring 2018, Vol. 8, No. 2

Click here to read the Spring 2018 Mendicant. This issue features:

  • Contemplation and Action by Richard Rohr
  • An Invitation from Living School Alumna Holly Roach Knight
  • From Contemplation to Action by Polly Baca
  • A New Collection of Richard Rohr’s Core Teachings on Love
  • Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival by Joan Brown, OSF
  • The Poor People’s Campaign: A Reflection by Frank Sasinowski

the Mendicant, Winter 2018, Vol. 8, No. 1

Click here to read the Winter 2018 Mendicant. This issue features:

  • Mirror and Mask by Richard Rohr
  • Getting to Know Our Donors: Kathryn “Kate” Hampton
  • Awakening a More Loving World by Paul Swanson
  • My Living School Experience: A Reflection by Living School Student Darleen Ortega
  • CONSPIRE 2018 information

the Mendicant, Fall 2017, Vol. 7 No. 4

Click here to read the Fall 2017 Mendicant.

Center for Action and Contemplation celebrates its 30th Anniversary with a commemorative edition of The Mendicant. CAC’s Founder, Richard Rohr; Executive Director, Michael Poffenberger; Core Faculty, Cynthia Bourgeault and James Finley; and Secretary of the CAC Board of Directors, LaVera Crawley, share their perspectives on the history and future vision of CAC. A timeline features key moments in CAC’s history.

the Mendicant, Summer 2017, Vol. 7, No. 3

Click here to read the Summer 2017 Mendicant. This issue features:

  • No Such Thing by Mirabai Starr
  • Getting to Know our Donors: Damien Faughnan
  • CAC’s 2016 Annual Report
  • My Living School Experience: A Reflection by Nathan Hadley
  • A Generous Life with the late Father Brian Fenlon
  • A Reflection on the Living School: Kirsten Oates

the Mendicant, Spring 2017, Vol. 7, No. 2

Click here to read the Spring 2017 Mendicant. This issue features:

  • Face-to-Face-to-Face by Wm Paul Young
  • Getting to Know Our Donors: Kay Noble
  • Living School: Why Do We All Bother? by Richard Rohr, Academic Dean
  • A Reflection by Living School Student Brian Mogren

the Mendicant, Winter 2017, Vol. 7, No. 1

Click here to read the Winter 2017 Mendicant. This issue features:

  • Trinity: The Evolutionary Principle of Unfolding Creativity by Cynthia Bourgeault
  • Getting to Know Our Donors: Tim J. McGuire
  • Living School: A Moving Intensive by Paul Swanson, Director of Curriculum
  • A Reflection by Living School Alumna Kirsten Oates

2017 Daily Meditations Overview

Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations help us rediscover Christianity’s essential, contemplative foundations and rebuild our spirituality “From the Bottom Up.” These messages are for Christians and spiritual seekers of any (or no) tradition!

Drawing from his own Franciscan heritage, as well as wisdom teachers from other religions, Fr. Richard reframes neglected or misunderstood teachings to reveal the basic pattern of reality: God as loving relationship. From this nondual awareness, we can act in ways of compassion and healing for the world.

Fr. Richard dives deep in 1-4 week segments (see a rough outline below). Every Saturday includes a summary of the previous week’s meditations and an invitation to contemplative practice. “Gateway to Silence” (at the bottom of each meditation) is a suggested mantra to focus our intention and draw us beyond words into silent prayer.

Each topic builds on the previous one, but you can join at any time! Watch Fr. Richard’s intro (8-minute video).

Sign up to receive Fr. Richard’s free messages in your email Inbox every day or at the end of each week.

Explore the Daily Meditations archive by browsing the years and months listed to the right (at the bottom of the page on mobile devices) or by using the search bar to find key words and topics.

From the Bottom Up: 2017 Daily Meditation Outline

  1. Introduction
  2. Scripture
  3. Tradition
  4. Experience
  5. Dualistic and Nondual Thinking
  6. Contemplation
  7. Centering Prayer (guest writer Cynthia Bourgeault)
  8. Meditation (guest writer James Finley)
  9. Trinity
  10. The Law of Three (guest writer Cynthia Bourgeault)
  11. The Cosmic Christ
  12. The Wisdom Jesus (guest writer Cynthia Bourgeault)
  13. The Beatitudes (guest writer Cynthia Bourgeault)
  14. The Cross
  15. Jesus as Scapegoat
  16. Resurrection
  17. The Apostle Paul
  18. Law and Grace
  19. Alternative Orthodoxy
  20. Franciscan Spirituality
  21. Contemplation in Action
  22. Belief and Faith
  23. Salvation and At-One-Ment
  24. The Path of Descent
  25. True Self and False Self Week 1
  26. True Self and False Self Week 2 (guest writer James Finley)
  27. Sin: Symptom of Separation
  28. Forgiveness
  29. Darkness
  30. Prophets
  31. Nonviolence
  32. Mystics
  33. Mystics (guest writer James Finley)
  34. Mystics (guest writer Cynthia Bourgeault)
  35. Faith and Science
  36. Cosmology
  37. God as Us
  38. Living in the Now
  39. Emerging Church
  40. Interfaith Friendship
  41. Self-Emptying
  42. Heaven
  43. Summary

the Mendicant, Fall 2016, Vol. 6, No. 4

Click here to read the Fall 2016 Mendicant. This issue features:

  • Richard Rohr, “God as Flow”
  • Getting to Know Our Donors: Sallie Ann Hart and Jack Willome
  • Trinity: A Reflection by Living School Alumnus Mark Longhurst