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The Truth Will Set You Free

Inner and Outer Freedom The Truth Will Set You Free Sunday, June 14, 2020 Authentic spirituality is always on some level or in some way about letting go. In a consumer society, however, we have little training in how to let go of anything. Rather, more is usually considered better. Jesus said, “the truth will… Continue Reading The Truth Will Set You Free

The Prayer of Francis and Clare

The Universal Pattern The Prayer of Francis and Clare Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Both St. Francis of Assisi (1182–1226) and St. Clare (1194–1253) let go of their fear of suffering; any need for power, prestige, and possessions; and any need for their small self to be important. By doing so they came to know who… Continue Reading The Prayer of Francis and Clare

Lesson Four: Passing Over to Life

Reality Initiating Us: Part Two Lesson Four: Passing Over to Life Thursday,  April 9, 2020  Holy Thursday It is true that you are not in control, for “can any of you, for all your worrying, add a single moment to your span of life?” (Luke 12:25-26). If we cannot control life and death, why do… Continue Reading Lesson Four: Passing Over to Life

Lesson Four: You Are Not In Control

Reality Initiating Us: Part One Lesson Four: You Are Not In Control Thursday, April 2, 2020 At some moment I did answer Yes to Someone—or Something—and from that hour I was certain that existence is meaningful and that, therefore, my life in self-surrender had a goal. —Dag Hammarskjöld To be in control of one’s destiny,… Continue Reading Lesson Four: You Are Not In Control

Ours to Do

Action and Contemplation: Part Two Ours to Do Sunday, January 12, 2020 I founded the Center for Action and Contemplation more than thirty years ago because I saw a deep need for the integration of both action and contemplation. Over the years, I met many activists who were doing excellent social analysis and advocating for… Continue Reading Ours to Do

Lightlessness

Darkness Lightlessness Tuesday, December 3, 2019 I have shared the writings of Benedictine Sister Joan Chittister many times. She is a tireless advocate for the poor and marginalized, and she is also a brilliant and prolific writer, with more than fifty books to her credit. She writes here of the effects of literal darkness or… Continue Reading Lightlessness

Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Sermon on the Mount: Week 2 Blessed Are the Peacemakers Tuesday, February 6, 2018 Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognized as children of God. —Matthew 5:9 In Jesus’ teaching and in his life, we see modeled nonviolent, peaceful action. He encourages us to likewise “turn the other cheek” and not return vengeance with… Continue Reading Blessed Are the Peacemakers

Absolute Vulnerability

Trinity: Week 2 Absolute Vulnerability Wednesday, March 8, 2017 Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path. —Brené Brown [1] “Weakness” isn’t… Continue Reading Absolute Vulnerability

Watching the River

Action and Contemplation: Week 1 Watching the River Tuesday, May 10, 2016 To live in the present moment requires a change in our inner posture. Instead of expanding or shoring up our fortress of “I”—the ego—which culture and often therapy try to help us do, contemplation waits to discover what this “I” consists of. What… Continue Reading Watching the River

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