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Loving Mother of the Americas

People turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe for a reminder of what grace may yet be available when we meet fear with love. Continue Reading Loving Mother of the Americas

Seeing Things as They Truly Are

Francis and the Animals Seeing Things as They Truly Are Monday, October 4, 2021 Richard continues exploring Francis of Assisi’s insights, pointing us beyond the “bird bath” spirituality for which Francis is too often known.   Francis of Assisi knew that the finite manifests the infinite, and the physical is the doorway to the spiritual.… Continue Reading Seeing Things as They Truly Are

Our Compassionate God

Compassion Our Compassionate God Wednesday, September 29, 2021 CAC core faculty member James Finley gently reminds us of our infinite preciousness to God. God cannot help but meet us with compassionate love. Offering ourselves compassion is one step to encountering the depths of God’s compassion for us. Compassion is the love that recognizes and goes… Continue Reading Our Compassionate God

Hell, No! Weekly Summary

Hell, No! Saturday, September 18, 2021 Week Thirty-Seven Summary and Practice Sunday, September 12—Friday, September 17, 2021 Sunday Your image of God creates you. This is why it is important that we see God as loving and benevolent and why good theology still matters. Monday Heaven is not about belonging to the right group or… Continue Reading Hell, No! Weekly Summary

The Contemplative Call to Nature: Weekly Summary

The Contemplative Call to Nature Saturday, April 24, 2021 Week Sixteen Summary and Practice Sunday, April 18—Friday, April 23, 2021 Sunday The core message of the incarnation of God in Jesus is that the Divine Presence is here, in us and in all of creation, and not only “over there” in some far-off realm. Monday… Continue Reading The Contemplative Call to Nature: Weekly Summary

A Positive Vision

Prophetic Imagination A Positive Vision Tuesday, March 23, 2021 The starting point for the prophets’ imagination is an amazing, positive experience of God. Their divine encounter fills their heart not with cynicism, not with sarcasm, not with negativity, not with opposition, but with an ecstasy that has to be shared. That one experience of the… Continue Reading A Positive Vision

Awe and Joy

African American Spirituality and Song Awe and Joy Friday, February 12, 2021 The spiritual journey is a constant interplay between moments of awe followed by a general process of surrender to that moment. We must first allow ourselves to be captured by the goodness, truth, or beauty of something beyond and outside ourselves. Then we… Continue Reading Awe and Joy

Christ Prays in Us and through Us

African American Spirituality and Song Christ Prays in Us and through Us Sunday, February 7, 2021 Although most Sunday church services don’t foster it, the essential religious experience is that we are being “known through” more than knowing anything by ourselves. An authentic encounter with God will feel like true knowing, not just in our… Continue Reading Christ Prays in Us and through Us

A Liberating Spirit

Liberation A Liberating Spirit Thursday, January 21, 2021 The Holy Spirit is a liberating Spirit. Even when we experience lack of freedom in our daily lives, time in prayer can be an experience of full freedom in God’s presence. I sometimes miss the exuberance of the charismatic movement of which I was a part in… Continue Reading A Liberating Spirit

Authentic Freedom

Liberation Authentic Freedom Tuesday, January 19, 2021 In his newest book, Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future, Pope Francis points out that we need both personal liberation and liberation from unjust and harmful systems. Unfortunately, many people have been taught that salvation is merely an individual escape plan for the next world,… Continue Reading Authentic Freedom

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