Tag Archives: Detachment

Acceptance

Dying Before You Die Acceptance Thursday, April 4, 2019 All great spirituality is about letting go. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection show us how to win by losing. In fact, this “Path of Descent” could be called the metanarrative of the Bible. It is so obvious, consistent, and constant that it’s hidden in plain sight.… Continue Reading Acceptance

Beginner’s Mind

Jesus and the Bible Beginner’s Mind Friday, January 11, 2019 I’d like to offer some spiritual advice so that you can read Scripture the way that Jesus did and use it for good purposes. Offer a prayer for guidance from the Holy Spirit before you make your interpretation of an important text. With an open… Continue Reading Beginner’s Mind

Perceiving Reality

Contemplation: Week 2 Perceiving Reality Tuesday, December 18, 2018 All forms of contemplation share the same goal: to help us see through the deceptions of self and world in order to get in touch with what Howard Thurman called “the sound of the genuine” within us and around us. Contemplation does not need to be… Continue Reading Perceiving Reality

Joy in Contemplation

Joy and Hope Joy in Contemplation Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Joy proceeds from the inner realization of union with God, which descends upon us at ever deeper levels as we walk our faith journey. This deepening is the goal of Christian contemplation and is the heart of perennial wisdom from every faith. This is how… Continue Reading Joy in Contemplation

Seeing with God’s Eyes

Love: Week 2 Seeing with God’s Eyes Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Love [people] even in [their] sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the… Continue Reading Seeing with God’s Eyes

Growing in Love’s Likeness: Weekly Summary

Growing in Love’s Likeness Summary: Sunday, March 25-Friday, March 30, 2018 The Creator gives us our core identity as sons and daughters of God, “from the beginning” (Ephesians 1:4-5), and throughout our lives we co-create our unique likeness as we grow and mature. (Sunday) I call the classic pattern of spiritual transformation “order-disorder-reorder.” Paul calls… Continue Reading Growing in Love’s Likeness: Weekly Summary

Self-Emptying: Weekly Summary

Self-Emptying Summary: Sunday, December 10-Friday, December 15, 2017 Every created thing is the self-emptying of God into multitudinous physical and visible forms. (Sunday) “In sum, we are not called to love God or the world. Rather, we are called to love God in the world. We love God by loving the world. We love God… Continue Reading Self-Emptying: Weekly Summary

The Balancing Point

Contemplation in Action: Week 2 The Balancing Point Monday, July 3, 2017 Give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the world. —Archimedes Archimedes (c. 287–c. 212 BC), a Greek philosopher and mathematician, noticed that if a lever were balanced in the correct place, on the correct fulcrum, it could… Continue Reading The Balancing Point

The Cross: Weekly Summary

The Cross Summary: Sunday, April 23-Friday, April 28, 2017 Jesus’ life, death, and raising up is the whole pattern revealed, named, summed up, and assured for our own lives. (Sunday) Jesus takes away the sin of the world by dramatically exposing the real sin—ignorant hatred and violence, not the usual preoccupation with purity codes—and by… Continue Reading The Cross: Weekly Summary

Nonviolence: Weekly Summary

Nonviolence Summary: Sunday, October 9-Friday, October 14, 2016 “Before you speak of peace, you must first have it in your heart.” —St. Francis of Assisi (Sunday) We each carry a certain amount of pain from our very birth. If that pain is not healed and transformed, it actually increases as we grow older, and we… Continue Reading Nonviolence: Weekly Summary

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