Faculty Advent Messages

Cynthia Bourgeault

Cynthia Bourgeault reflects on Mary—the mother of Jesus, “the mother of contemplatives”—as a model for co-creating wholeness in the world and shares poetry from Denise Levertov.

Richard Rohr

Richard Rohr shares the meaning of Christmas from a Franciscan perspective. “When we speak of Advent or preparing for Christmas, we’re not talking about waiting for a little baby to be born. We’re in fact welcoming the universal, cosmic Christ—the Christ that is forever being born in the human soul and history.”

James Finley

CAC core faculty member James Finley offers a short Advent meditation in this video. What does the story of Jesus’ birth teach us about how God is present in our lives? “God is unexplainably born in our hearts moment by moment, breath by breath. In order to discover that, we must leave the noise and business of the inn, finding our way in the dark back to the stable. We have to enter into the humility, simplicity, patience, and delicate nature of what’s unfolding in our hearts to discover how God is being born in our lives. We are asked to bring this delicate simplicity out into the world.”

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