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Trusting a Deeper Aliveness

True Self/Separate Self Trusting a Deeper Aliveness Friday, September 4, 2020 I believe a regular practice of Centering Prayer is one of the most effective tools we have for discovering our True Self. Sitting in silence, we become adept at compassionately observing our separate self at work, as it tries to maintain control of the… Continue Reading Trusting a Deeper Aliveness

The Illusion of the Separate Self

True Self/Separate Self The Illusion of the Separate Self Tuesday, September 1, 2020 CAC faculty member James Finley studied under Thomas Merton as a young monk in formation. While many have been influenced by Merton’s writings, few have had the opportunity to learn from the mystic himself. Today, Jim reflects on the insights on the… Continue Reading The Illusion of the Separate Self

Dying as Disorder

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Two Dying as Disorder Thursday, August 20, 2020 Dying is not extraneous to life; it is a part of the mystery, and we do not understand life until we stand under death. —Richard Rohr There may be nothing more disordering than being diagnosed with a terminal or chronic illness. It upends… Continue Reading Dying as Disorder

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

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