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Inner and Outer Freedom: Weekly Summary

Inner and Outer Freedom Saturday, June 20, 2020 Summary: Sunday, June 14—Friday, June 19, 2020 The wise ones recognize that without a certain degree of inner freedom, you cannot and will not truly love. Spirituality is about finding that freedom. (Sunday) Our deepest freedom rests not in our freedom to do what we want to… Continue Reading Inner and Outer Freedom: 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 Five Conversions

Solidarity The Five Conversions Monday, May 25, 2020 If one of the primary markers of a Christian life is solidarity as modeled by Jesus, I am afraid that most of us still have a long way to go. It’s one of the reasons I say that Christianity is still in its infancy. We are just… Continue Reading The Five Conversions

Reconnecting with the Unconscious

Liminal Space Reconnecting with the Unconscious Thursday, April 30, 2020 My friend John Philip Newell is a poet and scholar who believes in the transformative power of Celtic Christian spirituality to support us in our era. The ancient Celts made great use of liminal times and places to integrate the “paired opposites” of which the… Continue Reading Reconnecting with the Unconscious

Contemplation and Action

Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross Contemplation and Action Tuesday, April 21, 2020 This is a great favor for those to whom the Lord grants it; the active and the contemplative lives are joined. . . . The will is occupied in its work and contemplation without knowing how. –Teresa of Ávila Author… Continue Reading Contemplation and Action

A Dynamic Symbol

Enneagram Part Three: Head Center A Dynamic Symbol Monday, March 9, 2020 One of the most confusing aspects of the Enneagram can be the nine lines and “arrows” that seem to crisscross the Enneagram symbol but are the basis of its foundation and wisdom. In The Sacred Enneagram, Chris Heuertz explains what these lines mean:… Continue Reading A Dynamic Symbol

Wisdom Is Loving

Mind, Body, Heart Wisdom Is Loving 
 Friday, February 21, 2020 The first principle of great spiritual teachers is rather constant: only Love can be entrusted with Wisdom or Big Truth. All other attitudes will murder, mangle, and manipulate truth for their own ego purposes. Humans must first find the unified field of love and then start their thinking and perceiving from that… Continue Reading Wisdom Is Loving

A Way of Being

Mind, Body, Heart A Way of Being
 Sunday, February 16, 2020 Wisdom is not the result of mental effort. It cannot be gained through intellectual study. Even life experiences do not make us wise if we don’t process them humbly and consciously. Sadly, most of us were never taught how to do that, which is why so few older people are true elders, with any wisdom to pass on to the next generations.  … Continue Reading A Way of Being

The Desert Mystics

Action and Contemplation: Part Three The Desert Mystics
 Monday, January 20, 2020 Though I deeply admire the Desert Fathers and Mothers, I must be completely honest with you. There is much about them that I do not find attractive or helpful. And it is important to share that here, or you might pick up one of the collections of their “sayings” and… Continue Reading The Desert Mystics

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part Two Summary: Sunday, December 15—Friday, December 20, 2019 Winter Solstice The purpose of the divine therapy is the healing of the roots of all our problems and to transform our attitudes and, indeed, the whole of our human nature into the mind and heart of Christ. —Thomas Keating (Sunday) The union between… Continue Reading Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part Two: Weekly Summary

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