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Tag Archives: Being

God is Being Itself

Franciscan Ecological Wisdom God is Being Itself Wednesday, May 20, 2020 The Franciscan philosopher and theologian John Duns Scotus (1266–1308), whom I studied for four years in seminary, wrote that “God first wills Christ as his supreme work.” [1] In other words, God’s “first idea” and priority was to make the Godself both visible and… Continue Reading God is Being Itself

Mystical Hope

The Universal Pattern Mystical Hope Thursday, April 16, 2020 Hope is the main impulse of life. —Ilia Delio, OSF [1] Because we are so quickly led to despair, most of us cannot endure suffering for long without some sliver of hope or meaning. However, it is worth asking ourselves about where our hope lies. My… Continue Reading Mystical Hope

Silence, the Great Teacher

Action and Contemplation: Part One Silence, the Great Teacher Tuesday, January 7, 2020 It seems like our society is at a low point in terms of how we talk about challenging, controversial topics within our political discourse and even our church reflections. I believe the only way through this polarization is a re-appreciation for silence.… Continue Reading Silence, the Great Teacher

Knowing Our Source

Contemplation: Week 1 Knowing Our Source Monday, December 10, 2018 Thomas Merton Day Within Christianity, contemplation was not systematically taught for the last 400 or 500 years. Thankfully, Trappist monk Thomas Merton (1915–1968)—who died fifty years ago today—helped reintroduce contemplation to Western Christianity. Here’s just a taste of what Merton had to say about contemplation:… Continue Reading Knowing Our Source

Outpouring Love

The Universal Christ Outpouring Love Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Francis of Assisi understood that the entire circle of life had a Great Lover at the center. For Franciscan John Duns Scotus, before God is the divine Logos (rational pattern), God is Infinite and Absolute Friendship (Trinity), that is, Eternal Outpouring (Love). Love is the very nature of Being itself. God is… Continue Reading Outpouring Love

Becoming Who You Are

Death and Resurrection: Week 1 Becoming Who You Are Thursday, November 15, 2018 There is a thread you follow. It goes among Things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it… Continue Reading Becoming Who You Are

Nearing Death

Death and Resurrection: Week 1 Nearing Death Monday, November 12, 2018 Yesterday I introduced Kathleen Dowling Singh (1946–2017), a hospice worker and psychotherapist who accompanied many people at death’s threshold. She was a dear friend and someone whose wisdom I greatly respect. Last year Singh made her own journey passing from life through death and… Continue Reading Nearing Death

The Ground of Being

Death and Resurrection: Week 1 The Ground of Being Sunday, November 11, 2018 The fact that life and death are “not two” is extremely difficult to grasp, not because it is so complex, but because it is so simple. —Ken Wilber [1] We miss the unity of life and death at the very point where… Continue Reading The Ground of Being

Absolutes

Judaism Absolutes Wednesday, August 29, 2018 God reveals the essence of divinity to Moses: ehyeh asher ehyeh, most often translated as I AM what I AM [Exodus 3:14]. A more accurate Hebrew translation would be “I will be whatever I will be.” In either case, the Hasidic understanding of the text is the same: God… Continue Reading Absolutes

The Great Nest of Being

Creation: Week 1 The Great Nest of Being Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Ash Wednesday) The “Catholic synthesis” of the early Middle Ages had its limitations, but at its best it held together one coherent world. It was a positive intellectual vision that was not defined by opposition or enemies, but by the clarity and beauty… Continue Reading The Great Nest of Being

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