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Trusting Our Inner Experience

Carl Jung Trusting Our Inner Experience Friday, November 26, 2021 Father Richard elaborates on Jung’s teaching on the importance of inner experience as the only pathway to transformation. Carl Jung wanted to bring externalized religion back to its internal foundations. He saw how religion kept emphasizing the unbridgeable distance between the Creator and creation, God… Continue Reading Trusting Our Inner Experience

Seeking Aliveness

Carl Jung Seeking Aliveness Thursday, November 25, 2021 Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. Ann Ulanov is a noted Jungian scholar, theologian, and therapist. Here she writes about “aliveness” as the key to transformation: Aliveness comes down to one thing—consenting to rise, to be dented, impressed, pressed in upon, to rejoin, to open, to ponder, to… Continue Reading Seeking Aliveness

Stinking Thinking

Spirituality and Addiction Stinking Thinking Monday, November 15, 2021 I do not understand my own behavior. I fail to carry out the very things I want to do, and find myself doing the very things I hate. . . . For although the will to do what is good is in me, the performance is… Continue Reading Stinking Thinking

Being Present to the Presence of God

Christianity and Buddhism Being Present to the Presence of God Friday, November 12, 2021 One of the great gifts Buddhism offers to Christianity is an emphasis on being present to our experiences in the here and now. In one of his homilies, Father Richard speaks of the holiness of our present time and place, no… Continue Reading Being Present to the Presence of 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

Trusting Our Inner Authority

Spiritual Direction Trusting Our Inner Authority Friday, June 25, 2021 The two wheels of Scripture and Tradition can be seen as sources of outer authority, while our personal experience leads to our inner authority. I am convinced we need and can have both. Only when inner and outer authority come together do we have true spiritual wisdom. Christianity… Continue Reading Trusting Our Inner Authority

The Mystics as Directors

Spiritual Direction The Mystics as Directors Thursday, June 24, 2021 In addition to his work as a therapist, my friend James Finley has served as a spiritual director for decades. While spiritual direction most often involves one-on-one conversations between two living persons, Jim shows us how reading the words of the mystics can be a… Continue Reading The Mystics as Directors

Jesus as Spiritual Director

Spiritual Direction Jesus as Spiritual Director Tuesday, June 22, 2021 Every culture and religious tradition have some method of passing on spiritual wisdom and for helping individuals to discover their own. The Christian tradition of spiritual direction can find its origin in Jesus’ own way of relating to his disciples and the many who sought… Continue Reading Jesus as Spiritual Director

The Importance of Experience

Spiritual Direction The Importance of Experience Sunday, June 20, 2021 No matter the religion or denomination in which we are raised, our spirituality still comes through the first filter of our own life experience. We must begin to be honest about this instead of pretending that any of us are formed exclusively by the Scriptures… Continue Reading The Importance of Experience

The Flow of Love

An Expanding Love The Flow of Love Monday, March 15, 2021 Love, which might be called the attraction of all things toward all things, is a universal language and underlying energy that keeps showing itself despite our best efforts to resist it. It is so simple that it is hard to teach in words, yet… Continue Reading The Flow of Love