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Standing Still, Moving the World

Contemplation and Action Summary Standing Still, Moving the World Tuesday, December 29, 2020 Give me a place to stand, and I will move the whole earth with a lever. —Archimedes Archimedes (c. 287–c. 212 BCE), a Greek philosopher and mathematician, noticed that if a lever was balanced in the correct place, on the correct fulcrum,… Continue Reading Standing Still, Moving the World

Letting Go of Our Very Selves

Self-Emptying Letting Go of Our Very Selves Wednesday, December 16, 2020 The great task of religion is to keep us fully awake, alert, and conscious. Staying awake comes not from willpower but from a wholehearted surrender to the moment—as it is. If we can truly be present, we will experience what most of us mean by God (and… Continue Reading Letting Go of Our Very Selves

What Do We Do with Evil? Weekly Summary

What Do We Do with Evil? Saturday, October 17, 2020 Summary: Sunday, October 11—Friday, October 16, 2020 We don’t seem to understand what evil is, how it operates, or what we can do, personally or collectively, to reduce its power over us and its impact on our world. (Sunday) For Paul, sin is not primarily… Continue Reading What Do We Do with Evil? Weekly Summary

St. Francis: A Message for Our Times: Weekly Summary

St. Francis: A Message for Our Times Saturday: October 10, 2020 Summary: Sunday, October 4—Friday, October 9, 2020 St. Francis stands as one who made the way of Jesus credible and concrete, both for those called to formal religious life and for men and women living in the ordinary world. —Robert Ellsberg (Sunday) Humans and… Continue Reading St. Francis: A Message for Our Times: Weekly Summary

Restorative Justice: Weekly Summary

Restorative Justice Saturday, September 12, 2020 Summary: Sunday, September 6—Friday, September 11, 2020 Our best self wants to restore relationships, and not just blame or punish. This is the “economy of grace” and an operative idea of restorative justice. (Sunday) Jesus, who represents God, usually transforms people at the moments when they most hate themselves,… Continue Reading Restorative Justice: Weekly Summary

Making Amends

Restorative Justice Making Amends Tuesday, September 8, 2020 So what are we restoring? For me it’s about returning to the part of us that really wants to be connected to one another in a good way. Returning to the goodness inherent in all of us. —Fania Davis For justice to be truly restorative, we must… Continue Reading Making Amends

Trusting a Deeper Aliveness

True Self/Separate Self Trusting a Deeper Aliveness Friday, September 4, 2020 I believe a regular practice of Centering Prayer is one of the most effective tools we have for discovering our True Self. Sitting in silence, we become adept at compassionately observing our separate self at work, as it tries to maintain control of the… Continue Reading Trusting a Deeper Aliveness

Trusting in the “True You”

True Self/Separate Self Trusting in the “True You” Wednesday, September 2, 2020 Our separate self is who we think we are, but our thinking does not make it true. It is a social and mental construct that gets us started on life’s journey. It is a set of agreements between us as individuals and our parents, families,… Continue Reading Trusting in the “True You”

True Self/Separate Self

True Self/Separate Self True Self/Separate Self Sunday, August 30, 2020 The thing that we have to face is that life is as simple as this. We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and God is shining through it all the time. This is not just a fable or a nice story, it… Continue Reading True Self/Separate Self

Awe, Wonder, and Love

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One Awe, Wonder, and Love Thursday, August 13, 2020 A sense of wonder and awe is the foundation of religion. Too often we associate religion with belonging to a church or professing certain beliefs, but the religious instinct is so much broader than that. Sikh activist and human rights lawyer Valarie… Continue Reading Awe, Wonder, and Love

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