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The Dark Emotions

The Path of Descent The Dark Emotions Thursday, March 26, 2020 Author and Episcopal priest Barbara Taylor Brown invites us to consider the lessons that suffering has to teach us and reminds us that we can only learn when we are willing to stay put instead of turning away. [Psychotherapist Miriam] Greenspan says that painful… Continue Reading The Dark Emotions

The Path of Descent

The Path of Descent The Path of Descent Monday, March 23, 2020 The CONSPIRE 2018 conference focused on the Path of Descent as the Path of Transformation. Suffering is a universal experience occurring across space and time, revealing the “big T” Truth that going down, going through, and going into the unknown can be powerfully transformative. In the meditations this week I will be sharing the wisdom offered by my fellow teachers at the CAC, whom I also call my friends. I hope you will trust their insights as you… Continue Reading The Path of Descent

The Cloud of Unknowing

Knowing and Not Knowing The Cloud of Unknowing Wednesday, January 29, 2020 God, it seems, cannot really be known, but only related to. Or, as the mystics would assert, we know God by loving God, by trusting God, by placing our hope in God. It is a non-possessive, non-objectified way of knowing. It is always… Continue Reading The Cloud of Unknowing

Darkness: Weekly Summary

Darkness Summary: Sunday, December 1—Friday, December 7, 2019 People who live with faith in the midst of darkness never stop growing, are not easily defeated, are wise and compassionate, and frankly, are fun to live with. They have a quiet and confident joy. (Sunday) Experiences of darkness are good and necessary teachers. They are not… Continue Reading Darkness: Weekly Summary

Waiting in Darkness

Darkness Waiting in Darkness Friday, December 6, 2019 The darkness of this world will never totally go away. I’ve lived long enough and offered spiritual direction enough to know that darkness isn’t going to disappear, but that, as John’s Gospel says, “the light shines on inside of the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome… Continue Reading Waiting in Darkness

Trouble Don’t Last Always

Darkness Trouble Don’t Last Always Thursday, December 5, 2019 Today I share the writing of a modern mystic, Dr. Diana L. Hayes. She is an author and professor emerita of systematic theology at Georgetown University. I appreciate how her writing integrates her intellectual knowledge with her deeply embodied life experience. Hayes’ words are a testament… Continue Reading Trouble Don’t Last Always

Life Goes On

Darkness Life Goes On Wednesday, December 4, 2019 Sister Joan Chittister continues to reflect on what it means to suffer through times of doubt or unknowing when it comes to our faith: The sense of being stranded in the midst of life . . . is enough to drain a person’s very personality until there… Continue Reading Life Goes On

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

Gaining New Traction

Darkness Gaining New Traction Monday, December 2, 2019 Experiences of darkness are good and necessary teachers. They are not to be avoided, denied, run from, or explained away. Even if we don’t experience clinical or diagnosed depression, most of us will go through a period of darkness, doubt, and malaise at some point in our… Continue Reading Gaining New Traction

Waiting and Unknowing

Darkness Waiting and Unknowing Sunday, December 1, 2019 First Sunday of Advent Advent [meaning “coming”], to the Church Fathers, was the right naming of the season when light and life are fading. They urged the faithful to set aside four weeks to fast, give, and pray—all ways to strip down, to let the bared soul… Continue Reading Waiting and Unknowing

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