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When Things Are Unveiled

A Time of Unveiling When Things Are Unveiling Friday, January 8, 2021 I have read the scriptures since childhood and preached on them continually over the last fifty years in my role as a priest; but over the last year, I’ve found myself drawn to them in a different way. I have been looking, if not… Continue Reading When Things Are Unveiled

Self-Emptying: Weekly Summary

Self-Emptying Saturday, December 19, 2020 Summary: Sunday, December 13—Friday, December 18, 2020 In our consumer culture, even religion and spirituality have very often become a matter of addition: earning points with God, attaining enlightenment, producing moral behavior. Yet authentic spirituality is much more about letting go. (Sunday) In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus struggled and… Continue Reading Self-Emptying: Weekly Summary

Letting Go of Our Very Selves

Self-Emptying Letting Go of Our Very Selves Wednesday, December 16, 2020 The great task of religion is to keep us fully awake, alert, and conscious. Staying awake comes not from willpower but from a wholehearted surrender to the moment—as it is. If we can truly be present, we will experience what most of us mean by God (and… Continue Reading Letting Go of Our Very Selves

Our Sacred Wounds

Wounded Healers Our Sacred Wounds Sunday, September 13, 2020 Ministry can indeed be a witness to the living truth that the wound, which causes us to suffer now, will be revealed to us later as the place where God intimated [God’s] new creation. —Henri J. M. Nouwen (1932–1996) Christianity, in its mature forms, keeps pushing us… Continue Reading Our Sacred Wounds

A Simple Truth

Simplicity A Simple Truth Friday, July 3, 2020 During World War II, Jesuit priest Walter Ciszek (1904–1984) was accused of being a “Vatican spy.” After spending five years in a Moscow prison, he was sentenced to fifteen years of hard labor in Siberian prison camps. He is an example of someone whose life has been… Continue Reading A Simple Truth

A Community for All

Community A Community for All Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Jesus’ intimacy with the nature of God as relationship inspired him to redefine the boundaries of family and tribe. Jesus extended kinship to everyone. Author and scholar Beatrice Bruteau (1930–2014) looks to Jesus for a fundamental understanding of what it means to be Christian community: Jesus… Continue Reading A Community for All

Type Three: The Need to Succeed

Enneagram Part Two: Heart Center Type Three: The Need to Succeed Thursday, March 5, 2020 Holy Idea: Holy Harmony, Holy Law, Holy Hope Virtue: Truthfulness, Authenticity Passion: Deceit [1] The Three is the central type of the heart group, but this does not mean that Threes manage their emotional world very well. On the contrary, Threes… Continue Reading Type Three: The Need to Succeed

Type Nine: The Need for Peace

Enneagram Part One: Body Center Type Nine: The Need for Peace Thursday, February 27, 2020 Holy Idea: Holy Love Virtue: Action Passion: Sloth [1] Unlike the strong and often belligerent Eights with whom they share an Intelligence Center, Nines are natural peacemakers. Their gift of accepting others without prejudice makes people feel understood and accepted. Nines… Continue Reading Type Nine: The Need for Peace

Shadow Work: Weekly Summary

Shadow Work Summary: Sunday, September 8—Friday, September 13, 2019 Our shadow self is any part of ourselves or our institutions that we try to hide or deny because it seems socially unacceptable. (Sunday) Carl Jung had a mixed past—don’t we all?—yet his very mistakes usually led him to recognize and heal the shadow self that… Continue Reading Shadow Work: Weekly Summary

Interspiritual Mystics: Weekly Summary

Interspiritual Mystics Summary: Sunday, August 4—Friday, August 9, 2019 At their most mature levels, religions have a common goal: union with all beings and with God. —Beatrice Bruteau (Sunday) By allowing inward change, while at the same time simplifying our external life, spirituality serves as our greatest single resource for changing our centuries-old trajectory of… Continue Reading Interspiritual Mystics: Weekly Summary

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