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Ascent and Descent

Unknowing: Week 1 Ascent and Descent Wednesday, October 3, 2018 When it says, “He went up,” it must mean that he first went down to the deepest levels of the earth . . . to fill all things. —Ephesians 4:9-10 Philosophies and religions are either Ascenders, pointing us upward (toward the One, the Eternal, and… Continue Reading Ascent and Descent

The Mystery of Suffering

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 The Mystery of Suffering Wednesday, January 24, 2018 It is much easier to appreciate the glory of Jesus’ resurrection than his painful crucifixion. Yet, Mark’s Gospel, written around 65 to 70 AD, focuses on Jesus’ “suffering servanthood.” Christians believe that we are “saved by the death and resurrection of Jesus.”… Continue Reading The Mystery of Suffering

Kenosis

Self-Emptying Kenosis Sunday, December 10, 2017 Enjoy a short Advent reflection from Father Richard! Click here to watch the video. Last week we looked at the harmony that can be found at the depths of all the world’s diverse religions. Though we are all walking different paths, the destination is the same: union with Love.… Continue Reading Kenosis

Metamorphosis of Consciousness

Path of Descent Metamorphosis of Consciousness Friday, August 4, 2017 Today James Finley, one of CAC’s core faculty members, reflects on how hard it is for our ego to surrender to the path of descent, the transformative process. In meditation, our customary, ego-based ways of experiencing ourselves are yielding and giving way to more interior,… Continue Reading Metamorphosis of Consciousness

We Come to God by Doing It Wrong

The Path of Descent We Come to God by Doing It Wrong Thursday, August 3, 2017 Jesus’ story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32) and his story of the Pharisee and the tax collector (Luke 18:9-14) are both wonderful illustrations of how Jesus turns a spirituality of climbing, achieving, and perfection upside down. In both… Continue Reading We Come to God by Doing It Wrong

Participating in God

The Path of Descent Participating in God Wednesday, August 2, 2017 What I have seen is the totality recapitulated as one, received not in essence but by participation. Just as if you lit a flame from a flame, it is the whole flame you receive. —St. Symeon the New Theologian (949-1022) [1] The path of… Continue Reading Participating in God

The Belly of the Whale

The Path of Descent The Belly of the Whale Tuesday, August 1, 2017 And so long as you do not know that to die is to become, you are just a wretched visitor on this dark earth. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe [1] Jesus’ primary metaphor for the mystery of transformation is the sign of Jonah… Continue Reading The Belly of the Whale

Redefining Success

The Path of Descent Redefining Success Monday, July 31, 2017 Much of the teaching and culture that has emerged in recent Christianity has much more to do with Greek philosophy and Roman mythologies than the Gospel. This is not all bad, but we must acknowledge these influences. The ego is naturally attracted to heroic language,… Continue Reading Redefining Success

The Way of the Cross

The Path of Descent The Way of the Cross Sunday, July 30, 2017 Jesus is a person and, at the same time, a process. Jesus is the Son of God, but he is also “the Way”—the way of the cross. He’s the goal and the means. For all authentic spiritual teachers, their message is the… Continue Reading The Way of the Cross

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