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Tag Archives: Compassion

Greater Proximity, Greater Mercy

Restorative Justice Greater Proximity, Greater Mercy Friday, September 11, 2020 Love is the motive, but justice is the instrument. —Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971) Bryan Stevenson 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: A Story… Continue Reading Greater Proximity, Greater Mercy

The Rhineland Mystics: Weekly Summary

The Rhineland Mystics Saturday, August 8, 2020 Summary: Sunday, August 2—Friday, August 7, 2020 Hildegard of Bingen was far ahead of her place and time, a Renaissance woman before the Renaissance, who led a monastery north of the Alps. She combined art, music, poetry, ecology, medicine, community, healing, and early feminism. (Sunday) In Hildegard’s holistic… Continue Reading The Rhineland Mystics: Weekly Summary

Look with the Eyes of Compassion

Being Peaceful Change Look with the Eyes of Compassion Wednesday, July 29, 2020 The Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh (born 1926) is one of the world’s most influential spiritual teachers. During the Vietnam War, his work for peace brought him into friendship with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Thomas Merton, and other Christians who shared… Continue Reading Look with the Eyes of Compassion

Wisdom in Times of Crisis: Weekly Summary

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Saturday, July 11, 2020 Summary: Sunday, July 5—Friday, July 10, 2020 The word change normally refers to new beginnings. But the mystery of transformation more often happens not when something new begins, but when something old falls apart. (Sunday) We’re here for one thing, ultimately: to learn how to love, because God… Continue Reading Wisdom in Times of Crisis: Weekly Summary

Being One with the Other

Alternative Community Being One with the Other Thursday, June 4, 2020 It would seem that, quite possibly, the ultimate measure of health in any community might well reside in our ability to stand in awe at what folks have to carry rather than in judgment at how they carry it. —Gregory Boyle Homeboy Industries may… Continue Reading Being One with the Other

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

Action and Contemplation: Part One: Weekly Summary

Action and Contemplation: Part One Summary: Sunday, January 5—Friday, January 11, 2020 We need both compassionate action and contemplative practice for the spiritual journey. (Sunday) In contemplative practice, the Holy Spirit frees us from taking sides and allows us to remain content in the partial darkness of every situation long enough to let it teach, broaden, and enrich us.… Continue Reading Action and Contemplation: Part One: Weekly Summary

Summary: An Evolving Faith: Weekly Summary

Summary: An Evolving Faith Summary: Sunday, December 29, 2019—Friday, January 3, 2020 God keeps creating things from the inside out, so they are forever evolving, yearning, developing, growing, and changing for the good. (Sunday) For me, a true comprehension of the full Christ Mystery is the key to the foundational reform of the Christian religion.… Continue Reading Summary: An Evolving Faith: Weekly Summary

Economy: Old and New: Weekly Summary

Economy: Old and New Summary: Sunday, November 24—Friday, November 29, 2019 To understand the Gospel in its purity and in its transformative power, we have to stop counting, measuring, and weighing. We have to stop saying “I deserve.” Can we do that? It’s pretty hard . . . unless we’ve experienced infinite mercy and realize… Continue Reading Economy: Old and New: Weekly Summary

Faith, Practice, Prayer

Politics: Old and New Faith, Practice, Prayer Thursday, November 21, 2019 Sister of Social Service Simone Campbell is an author, lawyer, poet, and Executive Director of NETWORK, an organization that lobbies on issues of economic justice, immigration reform, and healthcare. Sister Simone spoke at our CONSPIRE 2015 conference on the theme “For those who see… Continue Reading Faith, Practice, Prayer

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