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Self-Emptying: Weekly Summary

Self-Emptying Saturday, December 19, 2020 Summary: Sunday, December 13—Friday, December 18, 2020 In our consumer culture, even religion and spirituality have very often become a matter of addition: earning points with God, attaining enlightenment, producing moral behavior. Yet authentic spirituality is much more about letting go. (Sunday) In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus struggled and… Continue Reading Self-Emptying: Weekly Summary

Less Is More

Self-Emptying Less Is More Sunday, December 13, 2020 Third Sunday of Advent Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave,  coming… Continue Reading Less Is More

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

Trusting a Deeper Aliveness

True Self/Separate Self Trusting a Deeper Aliveness Friday, September 4, 2020 I believe a regular practice of Centering Prayer is one of the most effective tools we have for discovering our True Self. Sitting in silence, we become adept at compassionately observing our separate self at work, as it tries to maintain control of the… Continue Reading Trusting a Deeper Aliveness

Trusting in the “True You”

True Self/Separate Self Trusting in the “True You” Wednesday, September 2, 2020 Our separate self is who we think we are, but our thinking does not make it true. It is a social and mental construct that gets us started on life’s journey. It is a set of agreements between us as individuals and our parents, families,… Continue Reading Trusting in the “True You”

Going on the Full Journey

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Two Going on the Full Journey Friday, August 21, 2020 This journey from Order to Disorder must happen for all of us. It is not something just to be admired in Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Job, or Jesus. Our role is to listen and allow, and at least slightly cooperate with… Continue Reading Going on the Full Journey

A Further Journey

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One A Further Journey Friday, August 14, 2020 If we are granted this first stage of Order (and not all are), we feel innocent and safe. Everything is basically good, it all means something, and we feel a part of what looks normal and deserved. It is our “first naïveté.” Everything… Continue Reading A Further Journey

The Universal Pattern

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One The Universal Pattern Sunday, August 9, 2020 It seems quite clear that we grow by passing beyond some perfect Order, through an often painful and seemingly unnecessary Disorder, to an enlightened Reorder or resurrection. This is the universal pattern that connects and solidifies our relationships with everything around us. This… Continue Reading The Universal Pattern

Change Comes from the Inside

Being Peaceful Change Change Comes from the Inside Monday, July 27, 2020 As we come to know our soul gift more clearly, we almost always have to let go of some other “gifts” so we can do our one or two things with integrity. Such letting go frees us from always being driven by what… Continue Reading Change Comes from the Inside

Lesson Two: You Are Not Important

Reality Initiating Us: Part One Lesson Two: You Are Not Important Tuesday, March 31, 2020 O God, if I worship you in fear of hell, burn me in hell. If I worship you in hope of paradise, shut me out from paradise. But if I worship you for your own sake, do not withhold from… Continue Reading Lesson Two: You Are Not Important

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