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St. Francis: A Message for Our Times: Weekly Summary

St. Francis: A Message for Our Times Saturday: October 10, 2020 Summary: Sunday, October 4—Friday, October 9, 2020 St. Francis stands as one who made the way of Jesus credible and concrete, both for those called to formal religious life and for men and women living in the ordinary world. —Robert Ellsberg (Sunday) Humans and… Continue Reading St. Francis: A Message for Our Times: Weekly Summary

Trusting a Deeper Aliveness

True Self/Separate Self Trusting a Deeper Aliveness Friday, September 4, 2020 I believe a regular practice of Centering Prayer is one of the most effective tools we have for discovering our True Self. Sitting in silence, we become adept at compassionately observing our separate self at work, as it tries to maintain control of the… Continue Reading Trusting a Deeper Aliveness

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Three: Weekly Summary

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Three Saturday, August 29, 2020 Summary: Sunday, August 23—Friday, August 28, 2020 To arrive at the Reorder stage, we must endure, learn from, and include the Disorder stage, transcending the first naïve Order—but also still including it! (Sunday) I was always being moved toward greater differentiation and larger viewpoints, and simultaneously… Continue Reading Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Three: Weekly Summary

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Two Saturday, August 22, 2020 Summary: Sunday, August 16—Friday, August 21, 2020 There will be a death, a disease, a disruption to our normal way of thinking or being in the world. It is necessary if any real growth is to occur. (Sunday) We must actually be out of the driver’s… Continue Reading Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Two: Weekly Summary

The Rhineland Mystics: Weekly Summary

The Rhineland Mystics Saturday, August 8, 2020 Summary: Sunday, August 2—Friday, August 7, 2020 Hildegard of Bingen was far ahead of her place and time, a Renaissance woman before the Renaissance, who led a monastery north of the Alps. She combined art, music, poetry, ecology, medicine, community, healing, and early feminism. (Sunday) In Hildegard’s holistic… Continue Reading The Rhineland Mystics: Weekly Summary

Solidarity: Weekly Summary

Solidarity Saturday, May 30, 2020 Summary, Sunday, May 24 — Friday, May 29, 2020 When the Bible is read through the eyes of solidarity—what we call the “preferential option for the poor” or the “bias from the margins”—it will always be liberating, transformative, and empowering in a completely different way. (Sunday) If one of the primary… Continue Reading Solidarity: Weekly Summary

The Universal Pattern: Weekly Summary

The Universal Pattern Summary: Sunday, April 12 — Friday, April 17, 2020 Christianity can help us realize that death and resurrection are part of the evolutionary path toward wholeness; letting go of isolated existence for the sake of deeper union. –Ilia Delio (Sunday) It is largely after the fact that faith is formed—and gloriously transmuted… Continue Reading The Universal Pattern: Weekly Summary

Simply Living the Gospel

Alternative Orthodoxy Simply Living the Gospel
 Sunday, February 2, 2020 The Rule and the life of the Friars Minor is to simply live the Gospel. —St. Francis of Assisi (1182–1226) [1] One of the things I most appreciate about my Franciscan heritage is its alternative orthodoxy. The Franciscan tradition has applied this phrase to itself and its emphasis on “orthopraxy”; we believe that lifestyle and practice are much more important than mere verbal orthodoxy. While orthodoxy is about correct… Continue Reading Simply Living the Gospel

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One: Weekly Summary

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One Summary: Sunday, December 8—Friday, December 13, 2019 Twelve-Step spirituality rediscovered the real transformative power that is the core of the Gospel. (Sunday) I believe that Jesus and the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are saying the same thing but with different vocabulary: We suffer to get well. We surrender to win.… Continue Reading Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One: Weekly Summary

Ways of Knowing: Weekly Summary

Ways of Knowing Summary: Sunday, October 13—Friday, October 18, 2019 Contemplation is meeting as much reality as we can handle in its most simple and immediate form—without filters, judgments, or commentaries. (Sunday) Head and heart, rational and spiritual, need not stifle or silence one another. —Maria S. Guarino (Monday) This means engaging in dialogue with… Continue Reading Ways of Knowing: Weekly Summary

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