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Grieving the Trees

The Contemplative Call to Nature Grieving the Trees Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Love and grief go hand in hand. Sometimes it is the deep grief we feel during loss that awakens us to the depth and sincerity of our love. As we witness the many ways the earth has been exploited and damaged beyond repair… Continue Reading Grieving the Trees

Contemplation and Action Summary: Weekly Summary

Contemplation and Action Summary Saturday, January 2, 2021 Summary: Sunday, December 27, 2020—Friday, January 1, 2021 When we experience the reality of our oneness with God, others, and creation, actions of justice and healing naturally follow. If we’re working to create a more whole world, contemplation will give our actions nonviolent, loving power for the… Continue Reading Contemplation and Action Summary: Weekly Summary

The Second Gaze

Contemplation and Action Summary The Second Gaze Friday, January 1, 2021 New Year’s Day Contemplation happens to everyone. It happens in moments when we are open, undefended, and immediately present. —Gerald May Even after fifty years of practicing contemplation, my immediate response to most situations includes attachment, defensiveness, judgment, control, and analysis. I am better at… Continue Reading The Second Gaze

Changing Ourselves, Not the Other

Contemplation and Action Summary Changing Ourselves, Not the Other Thursday, December 31, 2020 New Year’s Eve In 1998, I spent three days immersed in the life, spirit, and ministries of Mother (now Saint) Teresa’s (1910‒1997) community at the motherhouse in Calcutta—a year after her death. Our work together ended on October 1, the feast day… Continue Reading Changing Ourselves, Not the Other

Models of Integration

Contemplation and Action Summary Models of Integration Wednesday, December 30, 2020 Sister Simone Campbell, SSS is someone who truly lives out her commitment to the contemplative path by her actions in the world. She has served as the executive director of NETWORK, the Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, since 2004. You may know her as… Continue Reading Models of Integration

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

The Politics of Prayer

Contemplation and Action Summary The Politics of Prayer Monday, December 28, 2020 I’ve often said that we founded the Center for Action and Contemplation to be a place of integration between action and contemplation. I envisioned a place where we could teach activists in social movements to pray—and encourage people who pray to live lives… Continue Reading The Politics of Prayer

Grounding Compassionate Action

Contemplation and Action Summary Grounding Compassionate Action Sunday, December 27, 2020 Our theme for the Daily Meditations in 2020 has been Contemplation and Action. We hope that you, our larger CAC community, have found some sort of regular contemplative practice to be sustaining in these challenging times. We hope contemplation has helped you discern what… Continue Reading Grounding Compassionate Action

Becoming Icons of Christ

Giving Birth to Christ Becoming Icons of Christ Friday, December 11, 2020 What is it that grasps and impels these men and women to push beyond conventional boundaries and so delight us, ultimately, with new creative spaces? Wisdom—God’s Playmate, the Feminine Principle of the Godhead—is at work, ever delighting in birthing new possibilities and inviting… Continue Reading Becoming Icons of Christ

Recovering Our Original Unity

Thomas Merton: Contemplation and Action Recovering Our Original Unity Tuesday, November 24, 2020 What is the relation of [contemplation] to action? Simply this. He who attempts to act and do things for others or for the world without deepening his own self-understanding, freedom, integrity and capacity to love will not have anything to give others.… Continue Reading Recovering Our Original Unity