Tag Archives: Creation

Irreplaceable “Thisness”

Thisness Irreplaceable “Thisness” Sunday, March 18, 2018 Each mortal thing does one thing and the same; Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; Selves—goes itself; myself it speaks and spells, Crying what I do is me: for that I came. —Gerard Manley Hopkins [1] Franciscan philosopher-theologian Blessed John Duns Scotus (1266-1308) taught extensively on… Continue Reading Irreplaceable “Thisness”

Wonder

The Natural World: Week 2 Wonder Friday, March 16, 2018 Thank you Lord for all you’ve made. Thank you for the trees, flowers, butterflies, animals, and people you have created in your image. Thank you for letting me share in the joy of your beautiful creation. Your light shines bright in my heart and I… Continue Reading Wonder

The Substance of God

The Natural World: Week 2 The Substance of God Tuesday, March 13, 2018 Many indigenous spiritualities, Franciscans, and Celts saw creation as good, as a theophany or revelation of God’s very being, just as Genesis taught. How did Christianity come to be so divorced from nature? John Philip Newell (b. 1953), a poet and scholar… Continue Reading The Substance of God

Nature Is Ensouled

The Natural World: Week 2 Nature Is Ensouled Sunday, March 11, 2018 “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made” (Psalm 33:6). This tells us that the world came about as the result of a decision, not from chaos or chance, and this exalts it all the more. The creating word expresses a… Continue Reading Nature Is Ensouled

The Natural World: Week 1 Summary

The Natural World: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, March 4-Friday, March 9, 2018 If I can somehow let my “roots and tendrils” reconnect me with the “givens” of life—not the ideas about life, but the givens, the natural world, what is—I experience extraordinary grounding, reconnection, healing, and even revelation. (Sunday) Soul is the blueprint inside of… Continue Reading The Natural World: Week 1 Summary

Living Peacefully on Earth

The Natural World: Week 1 Living Peacefully on Earth Friday, March 9, 2018 To live nonviolently—both toward humans and nature—requires that we recognize God’s image in each living thing. We cannot be violent toward someone or something when we see the divine in them. My friend and nonviolent activist John Dear recently published a new… Continue Reading Living Peacefully on Earth

Created to Love

The Natural World: Week 1 Created to Love Thursday, March 8, 2018 In the fourth century, St. Augustine (354-430), an official “Doctor of the Church” (meaning he can be reliably trusted) in both Eastern and Western churches, said, “the church consists in the state of communion of the whole world.” [1] What an amazing and… Continue Reading Created to Love

Every Being Is of God’s Making

The Natural World: Week 1 Every Being Is of God’s Making Wednesday, March 7, 2018 If you would learn more, ask the cattle, Seek information from the birds of the air. The creeping things of earth will give you lessons, And the fishes of the sea will tell you all. There is not a single… Continue Reading Every Being Is of God’s Making

Nature Reflects God’s Goodness

The Natural World: Week 2 Nature Reflects God’s Goodness Tuesday, March 6, 2018 To start with words of the great Doctor of the Church, Thomas Aquinas: “Grace does not destroy nature, but perfects it.” [1] Grace brings nature to a sense of its own sanctity, and it evokes this sacredness within the human heart. Aquinas… Continue Reading Nature Reflects God’s Goodness

Participating in Creation

Evolution Participating in Creation Thursday, March 1, 2018 In her book, God’s Ecstasy: The Creation of a Self-Creating World, the little- known but outstanding theologian Beatrice Bruteau (1930-2014) makes some excellent points about why contemplatives ought to embrace evolution: People who identify themselves as contemplatives may shy away from science for a number of reasons.… Continue Reading Participating in Creation

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