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Flesh and Spirit

Human Bodies: Week 1 Flesh and Spirit Friday, April 6, 2018 The Apostle Paul tends to use dialectics in his writing, jockeying two seemingly opposite ideas to lead us to a deeper and third understanding. One of his most familiar dialectics is the way he speaks of flesh and spirit. Paul uses the word sarx,… Continue Reading Flesh and Spirit

Listening to Our Body

Human Bodies: Week 1 Listening to Our Body Thursday, April 5, 2018 Though we began our lives immersed in unitive, kinesthetic knowing, very quickly we begin to see the distinctions and divisions in the world. As a toddler, I learned: “I am not my mother. My mother is not me.” The developing ego sees by… Continue Reading Listening to Our Body

Falling into Mercy

Growing in Love’s Likeness Falling into Mercy Tuesday, March 27, 2018 The transition to the second half of life moves you from either/or thinking to both/and thinking: the ability to increasingly live with paradox and mystery. You no longer think in terms of win/lose, but win/win. It is a very different mind and strategy for… Continue Reading Falling into Mercy

All Things Change and Grow

Evolution All Things Change and Grow Monday, February 26, 2018 It is hard for me to understand why some Christians are so threatened by the notion of evolution. Are they not observing reality? Why this stalwart attachment to inertness? Perhaps static things appear more controllable? I suspect such resistance largely comes from our ego and… Continue Reading All Things Change and Grow

The Living Word of God

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 The Living Word of God Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Fundamentalism is a growing phenomenon, not only in Islam and other religions, but within Christianity as well. Fundamentalism refuses to listen to the deep levels of mythic, metaphorical, and mystical meaning. It is obsessed with literalism and exclusion. The egoic need… Continue Reading The Living Word of God

Awe and Surrender

Contemplative Consciousness Awe and Surrender Friday, January 12, 2018 To begin to see with new eyes, we must observe—and usually be humiliated by—the habitual way we encounter each and every moment. It is humiliating because we will see that we are well-practiced in just a few predictable responses. Not many of our responses are original,… Continue Reading Awe and Surrender

Letting Go of the False Self

Self-Emptying Letting Go of the False Self Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe) Meister Eckhart, the German Dominican mystic (c. 1260-c.1328), said that spirituality has much more to do with subtraction than it does with addition. [1] Yet our culture, both secular and Christian, seems obsessed with addition: getting rich, becoming… Continue Reading Letting Go of the False Self

Leaving the Garden

Sin: Symptom of Separation Leaving the Garden Wednesday, August 23, 2017 Now let’s look at “The Fall,” as we usually refer to the pivotal event described in Genesis 3. The Fall is not simply something that happened in one historical moment to one archetypal couple, Adam and Eve. It happens in all moments and lives.… Continue Reading Leaving the Garden

Being Your True Self

Sin: Symptom of Separation Being Your True Self Monday, August 21, 2017 It would be absurd to suggest that someone go into a room she is already in! —Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582) [1] “Sin” primarily describes a state of living outside of union, when the part poses as the Whole. It’s the loss of any… Continue Reading Being Your True Self

The Illusion of Our False Self

True Self and False Self: Week 2 The Illusion of Our False Self Tuesday, August 15, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. In the following text, Merton makes clear that the self-proclaimed autonomy of the false… Continue Reading The Illusion of Our False Self

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