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Go Ahead, Do Something

The Sermon on the Mount Go Ahead, Do Something Wednesday, July 21, 2021 My fellow Albuquerque resident Megan McKenna is an author, storyteller, and theologian who challenges us to imitate Jesus. She writes of the importance of translation when it comes to understanding the meaning of Jesus’ words: The blessings and woes have so much… Continue Reading Go Ahead, Do Something

An Alternative Way to Live

The Sermon on the Mount An Alternative Way to Live Sunday, July 18, 2021 I am told that the Sermon on the Mount—the essence of Jesus’ teaching—is the least quoted Scripture in official Catholic Church documents. We must be honest and admit that most of Christianity has focused very little on what Jesus himself taught… Continue Reading An Alternative Way to Live

Action Based in Oneness

Oneness Action Based in Oneness Thursday, May 27, 2021 We must proclaim the truth that all life is one and that we are all of us tied together. Therefore it is mandatory that we work for a society in which the least person can find refuge and refreshment. . . . You must lay your… Continue Reading Action Based in Oneness

Liberation: Weekly Summary

Liberation Saturday, January 23, 2021 Week Three Summary and Practice Sunday, January 17–Friday, January 22, 2021 Sunday The story of Israel symbolically describes the experience of our own liberation by God, which is both an outer freedom and an inner freedom. Monday Liberation requires individuals willing to stand when no one else will, to sit… Continue Reading Liberation: Weekly Summary

Free to Serve Others

Liberation Free to Serve Others Friday, January 22, 2021 German theologian Dorothee Sölle (1929–2003) describes how seeing with God’s eyes, hearing with God’s ears, and acting with God’s passion for justice is a truly liberating experience that benefits the entire community. Sölle writes: In the sense of theology that liberates, the soul that is united… Continue Reading Free to Serve Others

A Liberating Theology

Liberation A Liberating Theology Wednesday, January 20, 2021 The Brazilian Archbishop Dom Hélder Câmara (1909‒1999) was a truly saintly man and one of my heroes for the Gospel. Although many are not familiar with him today, he was well-known in his lifetime for his love for the poor and his embrace of nonviolence. His teachings… Continue Reading A Liberating Theology

Contemplation and Action Summary: Weekly Summary

Contemplation and Action Summary Saturday, January 2, 2021 Summary: Sunday, December 27, 2020—Friday, January 1, 2021 When we experience the reality of our oneness with God, others, and creation, actions of justice and healing naturally follow. If we’re working to create a more whole world, contemplation will give our actions nonviolent, loving power for the… Continue Reading Contemplation and Action Summary: Weekly Summary

The Second Gaze

Contemplation and Action Summary The Second Gaze Friday, January 1, 2021 New Year’s Day Contemplation happens to everyone. It happens in moments when we are open, undefended, and immediately present. —Gerald May Even after fifty years of practicing contemplation, my immediate response to most situations includes attachment, defensiveness, judgment, control, and analysis. I am better at… Continue Reading The Second Gaze

Changing Ourselves, Not the Other

Contemplation and Action Summary Changing Ourselves, Not the Other Thursday, December 31, 2020 New Year’s Eve In 1998, I spent three days immersed in the life, spirit, and ministries of Mother (now Saint) Teresa’s (1910‒1997) community at the motherhouse in Calcutta—a year after her death. Our work together ended on October 1, the feast day… Continue Reading Changing Ourselves, Not the Other

Models of Integration

Contemplation and Action Summary Models of Integration Wednesday, December 30, 2020 Sister Simone Campbell, SSS is someone who truly lives out her commitment to the contemplative path by her actions in the world. She has served as the executive director of NETWORK, the Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, since 2004. You may know her as… Continue Reading Models of Integration

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