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Pulling Back the Veil

A Time of Unveiling Pulling Back the Veil Sunday, January 3, 2021 The future, however, is finer than any past. —Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, The Making of a Mind If you are anything like me, there is some part of you that was relieved to turn the calendar over to 2021. The new year puts… Continue Reading Pulling Back the Veil

The Nature of Evil

What Do We Do with Evil? The Nature of Evil Sunday, October 11, 2020 Over the years, it has become increasingly clear to me that we are confused about the nature of evil. We don’t seem to understand what evil is, how it operates, or what we can do, personally or collectively, to reduce its… Continue Reading The Nature of Evil

A Disruption of the Spirit

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Two A Disruption of the Spirit Wednesday, August 19, 2020 My friend and CAC colleague Brian McLaren has spent years imagining “a new kind of Christianity” that invites people into a deepening commitment to love of God, neighbor, and self. Such a movement for the common good is surely disruptive or… Continue Reading A Disruption of the Spirit

Disorder: Stage Two of a Three-Part Journey

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Two Disorder: Stage Two of a Three-Part Journey Sunday, August 16, 2020 Last week’s Daily Meditations focused on Order as the first stage of healthy development. To continue growing, we must go through a period—or even many periods—of Disorder. The pattern of transformation involves at least some measure of suffering. Part… Continue Reading Disorder: Stage Two of a Three-Part Journey

Change Is Inevitable

Wisdom in Times of Crisis Change Is Inevitable Sunday, July 5, 2020 The word change normally refers to new beginnings. But the mystery of transformation more often happens not when something new begins, but when something old falls apart. The pain of something old falling apart—chaos—invites the soul to listen at a deeper level, and sometimes forces… Continue Reading Change Is Inevitable

The Liminal Paradox

Liminal Space The Liminal Paradox Wednesday, April 29, 2020 Sheryl Fullerton, an editor and author with whom I have worked for many years, received a cancer diagnosis two years ago which required a difficult surgery. Like many individuals who are on earnest spiritual journeys, she allowed the painful and challenging experience to transform and guide… Continue Reading The Liminal Paradox

Dark Liminality

Liminal Space Dark Liminality Tuesday, April 28, 2020 When I am in that darkness, I do not remember anything about anything human. —Angela of Foligno (1248–1309) After working as a physician and bioethicist for decades, Living School alumna and chair of the CAC Board LaVera Crawley became a hospital chaplain and spiritual companion for patients… Continue Reading Dark Liminality

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

Between Two Worlds

Liminal Space Between Two Worlds Sunday, April 26, 2020 Liminal space is an inner state and sometimes an outer situation where we can begin to think and act in new ways. It is where we are betwixt and between, having left one room or stage of life but not yet entered the next. We usually… Continue Reading Between Two Worlds

John of the Cross: Poet, Pastor, Mystic

Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross John of the Cross: Poet, Pastor, Mystic Friday, April 24, 2020 Father Iain Matthew is a contemporary Carmelite priest from England and author of The Impact of God: Soundings from St John of The Cross. My copy is all marked up, so brilliant are his insights on… Continue Reading John of the Cross: Poet, Pastor, Mystic

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