Tag Archives: Creation

Divinization

Salvation as At-One-Ment Divinization Friday, July 28, 2017 Yesterday we explored the metaphor of a wedding to describe what God is doing—preparing and drawing us toward deeper intimacy, belonging, and union. The Eastern Fathers of the Church were not afraid of this belief, and called it the process of “divinization” (theosis). In fact, they saw Read More »

One Sacred Universe

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 One Sacred Universe Wednesday, June 14, 2017 Often, without moving his lips, [Francis] would meditate within himself and drawing external things within himself, he would lift his spirit to higher things. —Thomas of Celano [1] Francis of Assisi must have known, at least intuitively, that there is only one enduring spiritual Read More »

The Primacy of Love

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 The Primacy of Love Tuesday, June 13, 2017 I like how my long-time friend and fellow Franciscan, John Quigley, summarizes Franciscan spirituality. He writes: It is not easy to put into a capsule the spirit and gifts of Franciscan thinking. Its hallmarks are simplicity, reverence, fraternity, ecumenism, ecology, interdependence, and dialogue. Read More »

Depth and Breadth

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 1 Depth and Breadth Sunday, June 4, 2017 One reason so many people have lost heart today is that we feel both confused and powerless. The forces against us are overwhelming: consumerism, racism, militarism, individualism, patriarchy, the corporate juggernaut. These “powers and principalities” seem to be fully in control. We feel helpless Read More »

At Home in the World

Alternative Orthodoxy At Home in the World Friday, June 2, 2017 Franciscan alternative orthodoxy emphasized the cosmos instead of churchiness. For the first few centuries, Franciscans’ work was not about the building of churches and the running of services in the churches. We were not intended to be parish priests. Francis himself refused priesthood, and Read More »

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 Summary

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, April 2-Friday, April 7, 2017 What most religion treats as separate (matter and Spirit, humanity and divinity) has never been separate from its beginnings: Spirit is forever captured in matter, and matter is the place where Spirit shows itself. It is one sacred world. (Sunday) Christ is the Read More »

Universal Salvation

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 Universal Salvation Friday, April 7, 2017 A universal notion of Christ takes mysticism beyond the mere individual and private level that has been seen as mysticism’s weakness. If authentic God experience overcomes the primary false split between yourself and the divine, then it should also overcome the equally false split Read More »

Christ in Evolution

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 Christ in Evolution Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Ilia Delio, a Franciscan sister and scientist, describes the positive foundation we have in the cosmic Christ: Franciscan theology on the whole . . . emphasized the incarnation as the love of God made visible in the world. [Bonaventure] did not consider the Read More »

God’s Fingerprints

The Cosmic Christ: Week 1 God’s Fingerprints Thursday, March 30, 3017 There is one God and Creator of all, who is over all, who works through all, and is within all. —Ephesians 4:6 Bonaventure took Francis of Assisi’s lay intuitive genius and spelled it out in an entire philosophy and theology. He wrote: “The magnitude Read More »

The Great Chain of Being

The Cosmic Christ: Week 1 The Great Chain of Being Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Francis called all creatures, no matter how small, by the name of brother and sister; because he knew they had the same source as himself. —Saint Bonaventure (1217-1274) [1] We must rebuild from the very bottom up, and that means restoring Read More »

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