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Accepting What Is

Christianity and Buddhism Accepting What Is Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Father Richard has often said that transformation mostly comes through great love and great suffering. The First Noble Truth of Buddhism shows how accepting the inescapable nature of suffering can lead to greater freedom. Kaira Jewel Lingo, a former Buddhist nun in Thich Nhat Hanh’s… Continue Reading Accepting What Is

The Goodness of Solidarity

Rediscovering the Common Good The Goodness of Solidarity Thursday, November 4, 2021 Few Christians in the twentieth century lived their lives as devoted to the common good as Dorothy Day. She served the poor, homeless, and hungry in New York City for decades. Her steadfast belief in the dignity of the poor as bearing the… Continue Reading The Goodness of Solidarity

The Dance of Life

Contemplating Creation The Dance of Life Monday, October 11, 2021 Indigenous People’s Day Father Richard views Francis of Assisi (1182–1226) as a prime example of someone who discovered within himself the universal connectedness of creation. Francis addressed animals and nature as spiritual beings who are part of reality’s harmony. [1] Today, we share wisdom about… Continue Reading The Dance of Life

“Ensouled” Animals

Francis and the Animals “Ensouled” Animals Thursday, October 7, 2021 Readers of the Daily Meditations may be familiar with the theological and scientific work of Ilia Delio. Today we share a reflection that honors both her Franciscan theology and her personal relationship with a beloved pet. It is almost a week since our beloved cat,… Continue Reading “Ensouled” Animals

Every Creature Is an Epiphany

Francis and the Animals Every Creature Is an Epiphany Sunday, October 3, 2021 A person who knew nothing but creatures would never need to attend to any sermons, for every creature is full of God and is a book. —Meister Eckhart, Sermon on Sirach 50:6–7 [1] In honor of tomorrow’s feast of St. Francis of… Continue Reading Every Creature Is an Epiphany

Living Inside God’s Great Story: Weekly Summary

Living Inside God’s Great Story Saturday, September 4, 2021 Week Thirty-Five Summary and Practice Sunday, August 29—Friday, September 3, 2021 Sunday I would gather my siblings and neighborhood friends and have them sit on a bench in the backyard. I would hold my penny catechism upside down since I couldn’t read yet, and I would… Continue Reading Living Inside God’s Great Story: Weekly Summary

Simple Trust in God’s Presence

Living Inside God’s Great Story Simple Trust in God’s Presence Friday, September 3, 2021 Living School emeritus teacher Cynthia Bourgeault shares how her early exposure to a simple form of quiet prayer impacted her spiritual journey. “Prayer is talking to God”: with these words nearly all of us receive our first religious instruction. Certainly I… Continue Reading Simple Trust in God’s Presence

The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love

Living Inside God’s Great Story The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love Thursday, September 2, 2021 Brian McLaren grew up, as I did, in a very religious home, where “our story” was defined by strict religious obligations, with clear insiders and outsiders. However, a mystical experience in nature opened Brian up to God’s Great Story. He… Continue Reading The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love

Lost in the Secret of God’s Face

Living in God’s Great Story Lost in the Secret of God’s Face Wednesday, September 1, 2021 In an episode of his podcast Turning to the Mystics, James Finley shares how he first encountered the work of Thomas Merton (1915–1968) and how it changed the course of his life. He says: When I was at home… Continue Reading Lost in the Secret of God’s Face

Nurturing Body and Spirit

Living Inside God’s Great Story Nurturing Body and Spirit Tuesday, August 31, 2021 The countless “me” and “our” stories reveal the infinite ways that God draws us—as individuals, communities, and cultures—to God’s Self. None of our smaller stories are complete until they are joined to God’s Great Story. Today, my friend and colleague Barbara Holmes… Continue Reading Nurturing Body and Spirit

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