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Tag Archives: contemplative action

Franciscan Contemplation and Action: Weekly Summary

When we named our organization the Center for Action and Contemplation, I was just being a good Franciscan. Continue Reading Franciscan Contemplation and Action: Weekly Summary

Making Peace in a Time of War

As you announce peace with your mouth, make sure that greater peace is in your hearts. Continue Reading Making Peace in a Time of War

Simplicity Is about Freedom

We will not be happy living selfishly in a small world. Continue Reading Simplicity Is about Freedom

The Spirit of Francis

Like Francis and Clare, we need to become earth-loving saints, committed to our planet and its peoples. Continue Reading The Spirit of Francis

The Earth Is Pregnant with God

Do we really believe that God dwells with us, in our lives and in the natural world of creation? Continue Reading The Earth Is Pregnant with God

Living the Gospel without Gloss

Humans tend to live themselves into new ways of thinking more than think themselves into new ways of living. Continue Reading Living the Gospel without Gloss

A Ministry of Action and Contemplation

One of the foundational charisms of St. Francis of Assisi was the way he integrated contemplation and action. Continue Reading A Ministry of Action and Contemplation

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

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