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Honoring the Divine Essence of All of Creation

May 24th, 2024
How do we remind ourselves that we are interconnected to everyone and everything? This month, we reflect on the wisdom of Saint Bonaventure, a Franciscan statesman and mystic who dedicated his life to strengthening our human role in God’s Great Story. Around 1220 in Bagnoregio, Italy, a small boy lay suffering

This Unveiling by Drew Jackson 

May 24th, 2024
Do you ever ask yourself—what is it that we cannot see? Poet and CAC Staff Member, Drew Jackson asks us to embrace the webs of unseen connection that underlie our daily reality in this beautiful poem, “This Unveiling,” featured in “ONEING: Unveiling.” This is the pressing question of every age:

Rooting in Nature and Community

May 24th, 2024
How do we remind ourselves that we are all connected to each other—just as we are connected to the earth? Anna Johnson, North America Senior Program Manager of Laudato Si’ offers words of encouragement for our long and complex struggle to heal each other and our earth. Wandering through an old-growth forest

An Interview with Lerita Coleman Brown on Howard Thurman’s Legacy 

May 17th, 2024
Have you considered how Howard Thurman's advocacy and theological work impacts today’s modern Christian contemplative movement? In this conversation, Lerita Coleman Brown sits down with Center for Action and Contemplation’s Digital and Print Publications Manager, Mark Longhurst. Brown illuminates Howard

Can Money Serve Our Transition from Ego to Soul?

May 13th, 2024
Douglas Tsoi is a Franciscan spiritual director who offers financial-spiritual coaching. He writes about the intersection of personal finance and spirituality on the Substack newsletter Money and Meaning. He can be found at www.douglastsoi.com. By Douglas Tsoi Recently, I listened to an interview in which

Expanding the Circle of Support 

May 13th, 2024
Ben Keesey is the Development & Partnerships Director for the Center for Action and Contemplation and has been working with Fr. Richard and the CAC team since 2016. Prior to joining CAC, Ben was the Executive Director of the international justice organization Invisible Children working in three countries in east

Guideposts on the Camino

May 13th, 2024
Braxton Martorano is a resident of Indianapolis and recent graduate of Butler University, where he designed a racial equity workshop based in storytelling, served as a ministry leader, and studied economics. He now works to support small, disadvantaged businesses at the Indy Chamber of Commerce. By Braxton

Contemplation, Community, and Commitment

May 13th, 2024
Cheri Crockett is a retired CPA living in St. Charles, Missouri. She is actively involved in volunteer work for a nonprofit organization that promotes voting, voter education, and civic engagement. She and her husband also coordinate their church’s self-service pantry. Cheri enjoys reading, yoga, hanging out with

Living Simply and Sustainably in April’s We Conspire series 

April 25th, 2024
What if St. Francis and St. Clare arrived on your doorstep in 2024? What would these medieval counterculture icons think of how you spend your time—how you treat our earth? In April’s We Conspire series, we hear reflections from those applying Franciscan wisdom to the crisis in our modern world. While many

Lessons from a Pair of Medieval Dropouts

April 25th, 2024
St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi embraced the beauty of the natural world as their guiding spiritual practice. Their radical emphasis on simplicity was not for the faint of heart—challenging us to sink deeper into devotion and really question what we can live without. Join us in finding wisdom from some key

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