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Everything Is Connected

God is not “out there,” but God is in all, through all, and with all. Continue Reading Everything Is Connected

Francis and the Animals: Weekly Summary

Francis and the Animals Saturday, October 9, 2021 Week Forty Summary and Practice Sunday, October 3—Friday, October 8, 2021 Sunday Each and every creature is a unique word of God, with its own message, its own metaphor, its own energetic style, its own way of showing forth goodness, beauty, and participation in the Great Mystery.… Continue Reading Francis and the Animals: Weekly Summary

A Loving Partnership

Francis and the Animals A Loving Partnership Friday, October 8, 2021 If you wish to know the Creator, come to know his creatures. —St. Columban, Sermon 1 Scholar Edward Sellner has traced the influence of early Celtic spirituality to places throughout the world, including Francis of Assisi’s area of Italy.   This sense of kinship… Continue Reading A Loving Partnership

“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

A Sacramental Universe

Francis and the Animals A Sacramental Universe Wednesday, October 6, 2021 Richard shares how Francis responded to the rising tide of “consumer” culture, which Francis’ father was fully engaged in as a wealthy merchant. Francis refused to be a “user” of reality—buying and selling it to personal advantage (the I-it relationship). In fact, that is… Continue Reading A Sacramental Universe

The Emotional Intelligence of Animals

Francis and the Animals The Emotional Intelligence of Animals Tuesday, October 5, 2021 I wonder what I ought to tell you about the friendship there was between me and a falcon? —Carlo Carretto, I, Francis Carlo Carretto (1910–1988) was a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus, a community of contemplatives inspired by the spirituality… Continue Reading The Emotional Intelligence of Animals

Seeing Things as They Truly Are

Francis and the Animals Seeing Things as They Truly Are Monday, October 4, 2021 Richard continues exploring Francis of Assisi’s insights, pointing us beyond the “bird bath” spirituality for which Francis is too often known.   Francis of Assisi knew that the finite manifests the infinite, and the physical is the doorway to the spiritual.… Continue Reading Seeing Things as They Truly Are

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

Unveiling the Universal Christ: Weekly Summary

Unveiling the Universal Christ Saturday, August 28, 2021 Week Thirty-Four Summary and Practice Sunday, August 22—Friday, August 27, 2021 Sunday The Christ Mystery that Paul speaks of in Colossians 1 is the indwelling of the Divine Presence in everyone and everything. Monday If we can believe that we are loved just as we are and… Continue Reading Unveiling the Universal Christ: Weekly Summary

Nature, Cosmos, and Connection: Weekly Summary

Nature, Cosmos, and Connection Saturday, February 20, 2021 Week Seven Summary and Practice Sunday, February 14—Friday, February 19, 2021 Sunday Once we know that the entire physical world around us, all of creation, is both the hiding place and the revelation place for God, this world becomes home, safe, enchanted, offering grace to any who… Continue Reading Nature, Cosmos, and Connection: Weekly Summary

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