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Standing Still, Moving the World

Contemplation and Action Summary Standing Still, Moving the World Tuesday, December 29, 2020 Give me a place to stand, and I will move the whole earth with a lever. —Archimedes Archimedes (c. 287–c. 212 BCE), a Greek philosopher and mathematician, noticed that if a lever was balanced in the correct place, on the correct fulcrum,… Continue Reading Standing Still, Moving the World

The Wisdom of Presence

Self-Emptying The Wisdom of Presence Thursday, December 17, 2020 We empty ourselves to let the divine flood us with love. We are empty so we may be full. —Beverly Lanzetta It seems that one of the most difficult lessons for us to learn is that knowledge is not the same as wisdom. Even sincere spiritual… Continue Reading The Wisdom of Presence

Letting Go of Our Very Selves

Self-Emptying Letting Go of Our Very Selves Wednesday, December 16, 2020 The great task of religion is to keep us fully awake, alert, and conscious. Staying awake comes not from willpower but from a wholehearted surrender to the moment—as it is. If we can truly be present, we will experience what most of us mean by God (and… Continue Reading Letting Go of Our Very Selves

Spiritual Development

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two Spiritual Development Sunday, October 25, 2020 Before we continue exploring Thomas Keating’s poems from The Secret Embrace under the helpful guidance of Cynthia Bourgeault, I want to offer a basic overview of the stages of spiritual development that I have used for years with spiritual directees and in… Continue Reading Spiritual Development

Freedom in the Desert

Mystics and the Margins Freedom in the Desert Tuesday, September 29, 2020 When Christianity became the established religion of the Roman Empire, something remarkable and strange took place. A whole set of people began to flock to the margins of the Empire to pursue God. They went to the deserts of Palestine, Cappadocia, Syria, and… Continue Reading Freedom in the Desert

Great Love

Mary Magdalene Great Love Thursday, July 23, 2020 One of the lessons we might learn from the Gospel stories of Mary Magdalene is that, in the great economy of grace, all is used and transformed. Nothing is wasted. God uses our egoic desires and identities and leads us beyond them. Jesus’ clear message to his… Continue Reading Great Love

Contemplation: A Life’s Journey

Contemplative Activists Contemplation: A Life’s Journey Sunday, July 12, 2020 I believe that the combination of human action from a contemplative center is the greatest art form, one that takes our whole lives to master. When action and contemplation are united, we have beauty, symmetry, and transformation—lives and actions that heal the world by their… Continue Reading Contemplation: A Life’s Journey

Type Five: The Need to Perceive

Enneagram Part Three: Head Center Type Five: The Need to Perceive Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Holy Idea: Holy Omniscience, Holy Transparency Virtue: Detachment Passion: Avarice [1] Fives are discoverers of new ideas, researchers and inventors; they are objective, questioning, and interested in exploring things in detail. They can be provocative, surprising, unorthodox, and profound. Fives… Continue Reading Type Five: The Need to Perceive

A Fair Witness

Enneagram Part Two: Heart Center A Fair Witness  Sunday, March 1, 2020 In traditional Christian teaching, Thomas Aquinas and other scholastic philosophers said that people normally do not consciously choose evil, but they choose something that appears good inside of their framework. We have to expose our frame of reference early on if our spiritual journey is… Continue Reading A Fair Witness

Love at the Center

Action and Contemplation: Part Two Love at the Center Friday, January 17, 2020 When we named the Center for Action and Contemplation, I hoped our rather long name would itself keep us honest and force us toward balance and ongoing integration beyond the first generation. However, over the last thirty-five years, I have witnessed how… Continue Reading Love at the Center

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