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Unveiling Christianity

A Time of Unveiling Unveiling Christianity Tuesday, January 5, 2021 Another way to look at “unveiling” is as a sort of “recognition event,” where something we thought we knew reveals itself to be radically different than our long-held assumptions. Our friend and CAC teacher Reverend Cynthia Bourgeault explores how this is a gospel phenomenon, one that takes… Continue Reading Unveiling Christianity

The Prayer of Unveiling

A Time of Unveiling The Prayer of Unveiling Monday, January 4, 2021 For now we see through a glass, darkly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. —1 Corinthians 13:12 When we celebrate the beginning of a new year, we celebrate… Continue Reading The Prayer of Unveiling

The Symbols of Christmas

Incarnation The Symbols of Christmas Thursday, December 24, 2020 Christmas Eve People often use the word “magical” to describe their Christmas memories from childhood. I hope that was your experience. I have to confess that I am fortunate enough to have some rather “mystical” Christmas memories, too. Two of my earliest God-experiences took place around… Continue Reading The Symbols of Christmas

Spark of the Divine

The Rhineland Mystics Spark of the Divine Friday, August 7, 2020 Matthew Fox has studied, written, and taught on theology and the mystics for decades. In one of his books on Meister Eckhart, Fox writes: In the soul, Eckhart maintains, there is “something like a spark of divine nature, a divine light, a ray, an… Continue Reading Spark of the Divine

The Need for Mysticism

The Rhineland Mystics The Need for Mysticism Sunday, August 2, 2020 We live in a time of both crisis and opportunity. While there are many reasons to be anxious, I still have hope. Westerners, including Christians, are rediscovering the value of nonduality: a way of thinking, acting, reconciling, boundary-crossing, and bridge-building based on inner experience… Continue Reading The Need for Mysticism

Solidarity: Weekly Summary

Solidarity Saturday, May 30, 2020 Summary, Sunday, May 24 — Friday, May 29, 2020 When the Bible is read through the eyes of solidarity—what we call the “preferential option for the poor” or the “bias from the margins”—it will always be liberating, transformative, and empowering in a completely different way. (Sunday) If one of the primary… Continue Reading Solidarity: Weekly Summary

A Perennial Wisdom

Julian of Norwich A Perennial Wisdom Monday, May 11, 2020 Although Julian of Norwich is an anonymous woman who lived over 600 years ago, seekers and scholars return to her “showings” again and again. Author Veronica Mary Rolf describes why Julian’s wisdom is perennial, valuable, and needed whenever there is confusion and suffering, which is… Continue Reading A Perennial Wisdom

A Mystic for Our Times

Julian of Norwich A Mystic for Our Times Sunday, May 10, 2020 Recently I have again been reading Lady Julian of Norwich (1342-1416), one of my all-time favorite mystics. Each time I return to her writings, I always find something new. Julian experienced her sixteen visions, or “showings” as she called them, all on one… Continue Reading A Mystic for Our Times

Contemplation and Action

Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross Contemplation and Action Tuesday, April 21, 2020 This is a great favor for those to whom the Lord grants it; the active and the contemplative lives are joined. . . . The will is occupied in its work and contemplation without knowing how. –Teresa of Ávila Author… Continue Reading Contemplation and Action

Inner Experience

Disciples, Prophets, and Mystics Inner Experience
 Wednesday, March 18 While most Christians consider themselves disciples of Jesus and try to follow his teachings, a much smaller number move toward practical acts of service or solidarity. But I’m afraid even fewer Christians have the courage to go on the much deeper mystical path. Both Catholics and Protestants have failed our people… Continue Reading Inner Experience

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