Tag Archives: Compassion

Economy: Week 1 Summary

Economy: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, June 24-Friday, June 29, 2018 There is no authentic God experience that does not situate you in the world in a different way. You see things differently, and you have the security to be free from your usual loyalties: privilege, position, group, and economy. (Sunday) What is Western culture’s primary… Continue Reading Economy: Week 1 Summary

Wounded Healers

Justice: Week 1 Wounded Healers Friday, June 15, 2018 Bryan Stevenson (b. 1959) is a lawyer, social justice activist, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. [1] In his book Just Mercy, Stevenson describes how being in touch with our own humanity and need… Continue Reading Wounded Healers

Sermon on the Mount: Week 1 Summary

Sermon on the Mount: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, January 28-Friday, February 2, 2018 Jesus was a wisdom teacher, within an ancient tradition called sophia perennis, which is in fact at the headwaters of all the great religious traditions of the world today. —Cynthia Bourgeault (Sunday) Our supreme purpose in life is not to make a… Continue Reading Sermon on the Mount: Week 1 Summary

Field Hospital on the Edge of the Battlefield

Contemplation in Action: Week 1 Field Hospital on the Edge of the Battlefield Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Francis of Assisi taught us the importance of living close to the poor, the marginalized, the outcasts in society. The outer poverty, injustice, and absurdity around us mirror our own inner poverty, injustice, and absurdity. The poor man… Continue Reading Field Hospital on the Edge of the Battlefield

The Left Hand of God

Contemplation in Action: Week 1 The Left Hand of God Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Part of integrating the inner and the outer is looking at both sides of life clearly and honestly. We must be able to face the joy and wonder of life as well as its pain, injustice, and absurdity. I call the… Continue Reading The Left Hand of God

There Is Nothing to Regret (God Uses Everything in Our Favor)

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 There Is Nothing to Regret (God Uses Everything in Our Favor) Monday, June 12, 2017 Toward the end of his life, Saint Francis told the friars, “Let us begin, brothers, to serve the Lord God, for up until now we have done little or nothing.” [1] That enigmatic sense of beginning… Continue Reading There Is Nothing to Regret (God Uses Everything in Our Favor)

Dreaming Compassion

Meditation Dreaming Compassion Friday, February 24, 2017 Guest writer and CAC teacher James Finley continues to share insights on meditation (another word for contemplative prayer). Imagine that you have a dream in which you are climbing a high mountain. The valley below is where you grew up, where you experienced pain and made many mistakes.… Continue Reading Dreaming Compassion

How to Meditate

Meditation How to Meditate Thursday, February 23, 2017 Guest writer and CAC teacher James Finley continues to share insights on meditation (another word for contemplative prayer). There is no single way to meditate. There are, however, certain acts and attitudes inherently endowed with the capacity to awaken sustained states of meditative awareness that form the… Continue Reading How to Meditate

Growing into Belonging

Everything Belongs: Week 1 Growing into Belonging Thursday, December 1, 2016 As we grow spiritually, we discover that we are not as separate as we thought we were. Separation from God, self, and others was a deep and tragic illusion. As we grow into deeper connection and union, the things that once brought meaning and… Continue Reading Growing into Belonging

Big Love

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 Big Love Friday, July 22, 2016 We can’t seem to know the good news that we are God’s beloveds on our own. It has to be mirrored to us. We’re essentially social beings. Another has to tell us we are beloved and good. Within contemplative prayer, we present ourselves for the ultimate gaze, the ultimate… Continue Reading Big Love

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