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Dying Before We Die

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Dying Before We Die Wednesday, July 8, 2020 CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault addresses a fear that motivates all of us on some level—the fear of death. It is a matter of true wisdom to know how to face death wisely and courageously, which is why every religion and culture… Continue Reading Dying Before We Die

The Presence of Spirit

Liminal Space The Presence of Spirit Monday, April 27, 2020 Many things can bring us to the “threshold” of our ordinary ways of thinking and behaving, but even good rituals are merely “stand-ins” until Reality itself, often in the form of great love or great suffering, steps in and changes us forever. My friend Paula… Continue Reading The Presence of Spirit

Death Transformed

The Universal Pattern Death Transformed Sunday, April 12, 2020 Easter Sunday In this short Easter message, Richard Rohr shares how the Universal Christ meets suffering reality through resurrection. Watch the video below or listen to the audio beneath the video. [Rise up] O sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, for I am the life of… Continue Reading Death Transformed

Lesson Five: Nothing Can Come Between Us

Reality Initiating Us: Part Two Lesson Five: Nothing Can Come Between Us Friday,  April 10, 2020 Good Friday It is true that you are going to die, and yet “I am certain of this, neither death nor life, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, not any height nor depth, nor any… Continue Reading Lesson Five: Nothing Can Come Between Us

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

Reality Initiating Us: Part One: Weekly Summary

Reality Initiating Us: Part One Summary: Sunday, March 29–Friday, April 3, 2020 In this time of global crisis, it may be that reality is revealing itself to us—through great suffering—universal patterns that are always true. (Sunday) We do not handle suffering; suffering handles us— in deep and mysterious ways that become the very matrix of… Continue Reading Reality Initiating Us: Part One: Weekly Summary

Lesson Five: You Are Going To Die

Reality Initiating Us: Part One Lesson Five: You Are Going To Die Friday, April 3, 2020 The surprise of surprises is that although everybody who has ever lived in this world has died, for some reason, we think we won’t. —Hindu aphorism Jesus did not once tell us to worship him; he only told us… Continue Reading Lesson Five: You Are Going To Die

Release and Healing

Art: Old and New Release and Healing Thursday, November 14, 2019 My art flows from the patterns and paths of my lived experience which—like yours—are at once deeply personal and entirely universal. —Julie Ann Stevens, Living School Alumna [1] Today contemporary theologian Dr. Diana L. Hayes shares a very personal part of her life and… Continue Reading Release and Healing

A New Way of Thinking

Franciscan Way: Part One A New Way of Thinking Thursday, October 3, 2019 God gave St. Francis to history in a pivotal period when Western civilization began to move into rationality, functionality, consumerism, and perpetual war. Francis was himself a soldier, and his father was a tradesman in cloth. Francis came from the very world… Continue Reading A New Way of Thinking

Death Transformed

Jesus’ Resurrection Death Transformed Friday, April 26, 2019 Christianity—as well as Buddhism, other religions, and natural systems—suggests that the pattern of transformation, the pattern that connects, the life that Reality offers us is not death avoided, but death transformed. In other words, the only trustworthy pattern of spiritual transformation is death and resurrection. Christians learn… Continue Reading Death Transformed

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