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Christ is Everyman and Everywoman

Eastern Christianity Christ is Everyman and Everywoman Monday, September 10, 2018 Many passages in the New Testament give a cosmic meaning to Jesus as the Eternal Christ (Colossians 1, Ephesians 1, John 1), but the Eastern fathers of the Church were the first (and last) to make this into a full theology until Bonaventure and… Continue Reading Christ is Everyman and Everywoman

Fr. Richard’s statement on the new revelations of priestly abuse and coverup

In solidarity with victims of the Catholic priestly abuse and cover-up, Fr. Richard speaks to the demands of such a moral catastrophe. Read his statement and listen to his homily where he addressed the issue from the pulpit. This moral catastrophe first of all demands public and sincere lamentation from every segment of the Body… Continue Reading Fr. Richard’s statement on the new revelations of priestly abuse and coverup

The Universal and Unifying Meal

Eucharist The Universal and Unifying Meal Thursday, July 26, 2018 The mystery of sharing food and a common table takes place on different levels. First there is the unifying idea of sharing the same food. Then there is the symbolism of the table itself: where you sit at the table, how the table is arranged,… Continue Reading The Universal and Unifying Meal

Real Presence

Eucharist Real Presence Tuesday, July 24, 2018 All my life as a Catholic, I have held the orthodox belief that the “Real Presence” of Christ is communicated in the bread and wine of the sacred meal (rather shockingly taught by Jesus in John 6:35-58). This is not a magical idea, but simply the mystery of… Continue Reading Real Presence

Reclaiming Jesus

Justice: Week 2 Reclaiming Jesus Tuesday, June 19, 2018 Earlier this year, I collaborated with a group of Christian leaders in the United States to write a statement to our churches, “Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis.” [1] I invite you to meditate on three of our affirmations: The church’s… Continue Reading Reclaiming Jesus

The Creative Mind of Christ

Creativity The Creative Mind of Christ Sunday, June 3, 2018 God created each of us with particular gifts that we can discover and use in the service of co-creating a more whole and loving world. There are many parts of the Body of Christ; I am only one part, a “mouth.” When I first began… Continue Reading The Creative Mind of Christ

Church as Living Organism

Community Church as Living Organism Monday, May 7, 2018 The Apostle Paul’s teaching is deeply incarnational, yet this has often not been recognized. Paul sees that the Gospel message must have concrete embodiment, which he calls “churches.” Jesus’ first vision of church is so simple we miss it: “two or three gathered in my name”… Continue Reading Church as Living Organism

Reality Is Communion

Community Reality Is Communion Sunday, May 6, 2018 In the beginning God says, “Let us make humanity in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves” (Genesis 1:26). The use of the plural pronoun here seems to be an amazing, deep time intuition of what Christians would later call the Trinity—the revelation of the nature… Continue Reading Reality Is Communion

Inner Light

Thisness Inner Light Friday, March 23, 2018 I have the immense joy of being a [human being], a member of a race in which God became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But… Continue Reading Inner Light

Go Deep in One Place

Thisness Go Deep in One Place Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Franciscan philosopher-theologian John Duns Scotus’ idea of “thisness” mirrors Jesus leaving the ninety-nine sheep and going after the one (Luke 15:4). And, just like Jesus, Duns Scotus holds that precious, irreplaceable “one” fully inside a “commonwealth” or community, the Body of Christ. Duns Scotus does… Continue Reading Go Deep in One Place

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