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The Wisdom of Darkness

No matter how fractured things seem to be, there is a solid foundation within and beneath us, beside and between us. Continue Reading The Wisdom of Darkness

Hope Beyond Our Lifetimes

Mystical Hope Hope Beyond Our Lifetimes Friday, December 10, 2021 Anniversary of Thomas Merton’s Death Theologian and Carmelite sister Constance FitzGerald identifies hope as a profound freedom to accept God and reality as it is. She takes inspiration from the work of St. John of the Cross (1542–1591): This dynamic of being able to yield… Continue Reading Hope Beyond Our Lifetimes

Crisis Contemplation

Crisis Contemplation Crisis Contemplation Monday, July 26, 2021 CAC faculty member Barbara Holmes brilliantly teaches about contemplation but not in the way we typically think about it. She understands contemplation as the soul’s arising even in the midst of the most challenging crises humanity faces. Her new book Crisis Contemplation describes how this is the… Continue Reading Crisis Contemplation

When Crisis Comes

Crisis Contemplation When Crisis Comes Sunday, July 25, 2021 Living in a transitional age such as ours is scary: things are falling apart, the future is unknowable, so much doesn’t cohere or make sense. We can’t seem to put order to it. This is the postmodern panic. It lies beneath most of our cynicism, our… Continue Reading When Crisis Comes

Everything Is Passing Away

Apocalyptic Hope Everything Is Passing Away Thursday, April 29, 2021 Jesus said to his disciples, “In those days, after the tribulation, the sun will be darkened and the moon will not give its light. And the stars will fall from the sky. And the powers in the heavens will be shaken, and they will see… Continue Reading Everything Is Passing Away

A Mystic for Our Times

All Will Be Well A Mystic for Our Times Monday, April 5, 2021 My friend Matthew Fox published a book during the COVID-19 pandemic about Julian of Norwich. I love Julian’s teachings because she focuses on God’s infinite love, goodness, and mercy. Even during the Black Death (bubonic plague) in which perhaps a third of… Continue Reading A Mystic for Our Times

A New Framing Story

A New Story A New Framing Story Monday, January 11, 2021 Thomas Kuhn’s book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions popularized the term “paradigm shift.” [1] A paradigm is a set of beliefs, images, concepts, and structures that govern the way we think about something. Kuhn (1922–1996) said that paradigm change becomes necessary when the previous paradigm… Continue Reading A New Framing Story

Wisdom in Times of Crisis: Weekly Summary

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Saturday, July 11, 2020 Summary: Sunday, July 5—Friday, July 10, 2020 The word change normally refers to new beginnings. But the mystery of transformation more often happens not when something new begins, but when something old falls apart. (Sunday) We’re here for one thing, ultimately: to learn how to love, because God… Continue Reading Wisdom in Times of Crisis: Weekly Summary

Social Renewal as Spiritual Practice

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Social Renewal as Spiritual Practice Friday, July 10, 2020 CAC Faculty member Dr. Barbara Holmes points us to the interwoven nature of love— love of God, of self, and of neighbor. We cannot keep the Great Commandment without fully engaging in all three. In her wisdom, she sees this time… Continue Reading Social Renewal as Spiritual Practice

Our Spiritual Health

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Our Spiritual Health Thursday, July 9, 2020 Brian McLaren, a member of the CAC Living School faculty, reminds us why it matters that we pay attention to our health, not only physically but spiritually and ethically as well. In these challenging, difficult times, we are discovering a wisdom that we… Continue Reading Our Spiritual Health

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