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Tag Archives: Contemplation

Simple Trust in God’s Presence

Living Inside God’s Great Story Simple Trust in God’s Presence Friday, September 3, 2021 Living School emeritus teacher Cynthia Bourgeault shares how her early exposure to a simple form of quiet prayer impacted her spiritual journey. “Prayer is talking to God”: with these words nearly all of us receive our first religious instruction. Certainly I… Continue Reading Simple Trust in God’s Presence

The Artistry of the Blues

Finding God in the Arts The Artistry of the Blues Tuesday, August 17, 2021 My friend Barbara Holmes describes the creation of blues music as an act of radical critique that can bring its listeners into a contemplative and holy space, far closer to God than we might be otherwise: Some sacred spaces bear none… Continue Reading The Artistry of the Blues

Crisis Contemplation

Crisis Contemplation Crisis Contemplation Monday, July 26, 2021 CAC faculty member Barbara Holmes brilliantly teaches about contemplation but not in the way we typically think about it. She understands contemplation as the soul’s arising even in the midst of the most challenging crises humanity faces. Her new book Crisis Contemplation describes how this is the… Continue Reading Crisis Contemplation

Doorways to Christian Contemplation: Weekly Summary

Doorways to Christian Contemplation Saturday, July 17, 2021 Week Twenty-Eight Summary and Practice Sunday, July 11—Friday, July 16, 2021 Sunday The diverse methods of contemplation are the many varied, fruitful, and life-giving practices and ways of praying that are nourished from the same root—the Sacred Presence. Monday Jesus said, “Judge not and you shall not… Continue Reading Doorways to Christian Contemplation: Weekly Summary

A Superior Lens

Doorways to Christian Contemplation A Superior Lens Friday, July 16, 2021 Today the unnecessary suffering on this earth is great for people who could have “known better” and should have been taught better by their religions. In the West, religion became preoccupied with telling people what to know more than how to know, telling people… Continue Reading A Superior Lens

Practicing the Presence of God

Doorways to Christian Contemplation Practicing the Presence of God Thursday, July 15, 2021 Prayer is the orientation of all the attention of which the soul is capable toward God.  —Simone Weil, Waiting for God One of the simplest methods of contemplation is “to practice the presence of God” as described by Brother Lawrence (1614–1691), a… Continue Reading Practicing the Presence of God

Offering Your Whole Self

Doorways to Christian Contemplation Offering Your Whole Self Wednesday, July 14, 2021 “The Lord your God, the Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole mind, your whole soul, and your whole strength.” (Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30, 33; Luke 10:27) Beatrice Bruteau (1930–2014), one of the… Continue Reading Offering Your Whole Self

Finding Presence

Doorways to Christian Contemplation Finding Presence Tuesday, July 13, 2021 Chanting is one of the most traditional methods of contemplation. While some traditions repeat a single word or sound, Benedictine and Gregorian chant within the Christian tradition draw their inspiration from the Psalms. Cynthia Bourgeault describes how chant works as a contemplative method. She is… Continue Reading Finding Presence

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

A Tree of Life

Doorways to Christian Contemplation A Tree of Life Sunday, July 11, 2021 Anyone familiar with my writing knows that I believe that immediate, unmediated contact with the moment is the clearest path to divine union. Naked, undefended, and nondual presence has the best chance of encountering the Real Presence. I approach the theme of contemplation… Continue Reading A Tree of Life

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