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Everything Is Connected

God is not “out there,” but God is in all, through all, and with all. Continue Reading Everything Is Connected

We Are the Earth

At this very moment, the Earth is above you, below you, all around you, and even inside you. The Earth is everywhere. Continue Reading We Are the Earth

Creation Is Very Good

Original Goodness Creation Is Very Good Tuesday, October 26, 2021 God saw all God had made, and indeed it was very good. —Genesis 1:31 In Judaism, there is no concept of “original sin.” Instead of believing humans are born in sin, Judaism affirms our place in a “very good” creation. Rabbi Ellen Bernstein is a… Continue Reading Creation Is Very Good

Creation and Contemplation

Contemplating Creation Saturday, October 16, 2021 Week Forty-One Summary and Practice Sunday, October 10—Friday, October 15, 2021 Sunday Perhaps once we can see God in plants and animals, we might learn to see God in our neighbors. And then we might learn to love the world. —Richard Rohr Monday When we merge our internal rhythms… Continue Reading Creation and Contemplation

Holistic Peace

Being Peaceful Change Holistic Peace Thursday, July 30, 2020 Peaceful change starts within us and grows incrementally from where we are. Our social and physical location will influence the problems we see and the solutions we can imagine. We must “think globally and act locally” as did Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Wangari Maathai (1940–2011).… Continue Reading Holistic Peace

Franciscan Ecological Wisdom: Weekly Summary

Franciscan Ecological Wisdom Saturday, May 23, 2020 Summary: Sunday, May 17 — Friday, May 22, 2020 Our common home is also God’s own house, permeated by the Spirit of God from the dawn of creation, where the Son of God pitched his tent in the supreme event of the incarnation. —Joshtrom Isaac Kureethadam (Sunday) Saint… Continue Reading Franciscan Ecological Wisdom: Weekly Summary

The Possibility of Restraint

Franciscan Ecological Wisdom The Possibility of Restraint Friday, May 22, 2020 Francis rejoices in all the works of the Lord’s hands, and through their delightful display he gazes on their life-giving reason and cause. In beautiful things he discerns Beauty itself; all good things cry out to him: “The One who made us is the… Continue Reading The Possibility of Restraint

Loving God by Loving the World

Franciscan Ecological Wisdom Loving God by Loving the World Thursday May 21, 2020 I have often wondered what might compel more Christians to take personal responsibility to mitigate climate change. With all the scientific evidence we’ve been given, it doesn’t seem to be a head issue but a heart one. Scholar Sallie McFague (1933–2019) offers… Continue Reading Loving God by Loving the World

God is Being Itself

Franciscan Ecological Wisdom God is Being Itself Wednesday, May 20, 2020 The Franciscan philosopher and theologian John Duns Scotus (1266–1308), whom I studied for four years in seminary, wrote that “God first wills Christ as his supreme work.” [1] In other words, God’s “first idea” and priority was to make the Godself both visible and… Continue Reading God is Being Itself

Cultivation Not Domination

Franciscan Ecological Wisdom Cultivation Not Domination Tuesday, May 19, 2020 St. Bonaventure (1221–1274) taught that “Christ, as a human being, shares with all creatures; indeed he possesses being with rocks, lives among the plants, senses with animals, and understands with angels.” [1] In saying this, Bonaventure wanted to give theological weight to the deep experience… Continue Reading Cultivation Not Domination

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