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Lost in the Secret of God’s Face

Living in God’s Great Story Lost in the Secret of God’s Face Wednesday, September 1, 2021 In an episode of his podcast Turning to the Mystics, James Finley shares how he first encountered the work of Thomas Merton (1915–1968) and how it changed the course of his life. He says: When I was at home… Continue Reading Lost in the Secret of God’s Face

An Accumulation of Losses

Everybody Grieves An Accumulation of Losses Thursday, August 5, 2021 Psychotherapist and author Francis Weller has studied grief for decades and has developed many rituals and methods to help individuals and communities heal from their losses. Here he explores how we often attempt to keep grief separate from our lives, and how welcoming our grief… Continue Reading An Accumulation of Losses

Present, Open, Awake

Doorways to Christian Contemplation Present, Open, Awake Monday, July 12, 2021 My friend and CAC teacher James Finley is a true contemplative! I watch the crowds—from conferences to Living School students—settle in his presence almost immediately. He is so centered in himself and in God that he is at peace and “transmits” the message with… Continue Reading Present, Open, Awake

How Do We “Save” the World?

Choosing Love in a Time of Evil How Do We “Save” the World? Sunday, May 16, 2021 The Divine Mind transforms all human suffering by identifying completely with the human predicament and standing in full solidarity with it from beginning to end. This is the real meaning of the crucifixion. The cross is not just… Continue Reading How Do We “Save” the World?

All Will Be Well: Weekly Summary

All Will Be Well Saturday, April 10, 2021 Week Fourteen Summary and Practice Sunday, April 4—Friday, April 9, 2021 Sunday Resurrection and renewal are, in fact, the universal and observable pattern of everything. Monday Our sister and ancestor Julian is eager not only to speak to us today but to shout at us—albeit in a… Continue Reading All Will Be Well: Weekly Summary

Wisdom: Weekly Summary

Wisdom Saturday, February 27, 2021 Week Eight Summary and Practice Sunday, February 21—Friday, February 26, 2021 Sunday Jesus teaches his disciples through his lifestyle, a kind of “seminary of life.” Monday What Jesus experiences in his consciousness, we are to experience in ours. We are to enter into his very heart, the center of his… Continue Reading Wisdom: Weekly Summary

A Time of Unveiling: Weekly Summary

A Time of Unveiling Saturday, January 9, 2021 Week One Summary and Practice Sunday, January 3—Friday, January 9, 2021 Sunday The beginning of the new year seems like a good time to pause, “pull back the veil” and ask, “Where is this all going? What is the end goal for all of us, and—for that… Continue Reading A Time of Unveiling: Weekly Summary

The Second Gaze

Contemplation and Action Summary The Second Gaze Friday, January 1, 2021 New Year’s Day Contemplation happens to everyone. It happens in moments when we are open, undefended, and immediately present. —Gerald May Even after fifty years of practicing contemplation, my immediate response to most situations includes attachment, defensiveness, judgment, control, and analysis. I am better at… Continue Reading The Second Gaze

For the Good of the World

Public Virtue For the Good of the World Friday, November 6, 2020 God is the ultimate nonviolent one, so we dare not accept any theory of salvation—much less socialization, economics, or politics—that is based on violence, exclusion, social pressure, or moral coercion. When we do, these are legitimated as a proper way of life. God… Continue Reading For the Good of the World

The Freedom of Consent

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two The Freedom of Consent Friday, October 30, 2020 Over the past two weeks Cynthia Bourgeault has generously shared her thoughts on the poems and spiritual legacy of Thomas Keating. Today, I (Richard) want to emphasize Thomas Keating’s final message, the subject of Cynthia’s commentary in yesterday’s meditation. I… Continue Reading The Freedom of Consent

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