Tag Archives: Contemplation

Dying with Christ

Dying Before You Die Dying with Christ Monday, April 1, 2019 My good friend and Franciscan colleague Sister Ilia Delio writes: God is radically involved with the world, empowering the world toward fullness in love, but God is unable to bring about this fullness without the cooperation of humans. Human and divine cannot co-create unto… Continue Reading Dying with Christ

Christ in Evolution: Weekly Summary

Christ in Evolution Summary: Sunday, March 10—Friday, March 15, 2019 God keeps creation both good and new—which means always going somewhere even better or, in a word, evolving. God keeps creating things from the inside out. (Sunday) With greater differentiation and complexity there will also be pushback, fear, and confusion. What can we do in… Continue Reading Christ in Evolution: Weekly Summary

Jesus and Christ: Weekly Summary

Jesus and Christ Summary: Sunday, February 10—Friday, February 15, 2019 The Christ is the eternal mystery of matter and Spirit as one. Jesus willingly died—and Christ arose—yes, still Jesus, but now including and revealing everything else in its full purpose and glory. (Sunday) The Incarnation is not only “God becoming Jesus.” It is a much… Continue Reading Jesus and Christ: Weekly Summary

Jesus: Human and Divine: Weekly Summary

Jesus: Human and Divine Summary: Sunday, January 27-Friday, February 1, 2019 If Jesus is at once God and human, that means as believers we cannot refer to Jesus as God without qualifying that: “God in human form.” We also cannot refer to Jesus as human only without qualifying that: “the human incarnation of God.” —Amos… Continue Reading Jesus: Human and Divine: Weekly Summary

Contemplation: Week 2 Summary

Contemplation: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, December 16-Friday, December 21, 2018 The effectiveness of action depends on the source from which it springs. If it is coming out of the false self with its shadow side, it is severely limited. If it is coming out of a person who is immersed in God, it is extremely… Continue Reading Contemplation: Week 2 Summary

Kenosis: Letting Go

Contemplation: Week 2 Kenosis: Letting Go Friday, December 21, 2018 [Contemplative] practices beckon earthbound bodies toward an expanded receptivity to holiness. . . . Receptivity is not a cognitive exercise but rather the involvement of intellect and senses in a spiritual reunion and oneness with God. . . . [The] contemplative moment is a spiritual… Continue Reading Kenosis: Letting Go

Sustaining Awareness

Contemplation: Week 2 Sustaining Awareness Thursday, December 20, 2018 As we saw yesterday, there are many forms of contemplative practice. CAC faculty member James Finley describes how meditation—another name for contemplation—is simply any practice that opens us up to Presence: There is something about simply sitting still, quietly attentive to your breathing, that tends to… Continue Reading Sustaining Awareness

Connecting to the Eternal

Contemplation: Week 2 Connecting to the Eternal Wednesday, December 19, 2018 Barbara Holmes, one of our CONSPIRE 2018 teachers, writes about the beautiful diversity of contemplative practices as paths toward the source of our being: Although Africana and European Christians share a common contemplative history, there are specific differences in expectation and practice. . .… Continue Reading Connecting to the Eternal

Perceiving Reality

Contemplation: Week 2 Perceiving Reality Tuesday, December 18, 2018 All forms of contemplation share the same goal: to help us see through the deceptions of self and world in order to get in touch with what Howard Thurman called “the sound of the genuine” within us and around us. Contemplation does not need to be… Continue Reading Perceiving Reality

A Revolutionary Matter

Contemplation: Week 2 A Revolutionary Matter Monday, December 17, 2018 Contemplation is beyond the normal consciousness of the mind, granting access to the mystery, known only by love. Here, the normal activities of the human personality come to rest, in order to hear what has remained unheard and to see what has been hidden or… Continue Reading A Revolutionary Matter

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