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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

Speaking Out

Disciples, Prophets, and Mystics Speaking Out Monday, March 16 Prophets must first be true disciples of their faith. In fact, it is their deep love for their tradition that allows them to criticize it at the same time. This is almost always the hallmark of a prophet. Their deepest motivation is not negative but profoundly… Continue Reading Speaking Out

Enneagram Part Three: Head Center: Weekly Summary

Enneagram Part Three: Head Center Saturday, March 14, 2020 Summary: Sunday, March 8–Friday, March 13, 2020 If taken seriously and used responsibly, the Enneagram is a tool that can help us move from dualistic thinking to nondual consciousness. (Sunday) [The Enneagram] offers both a portrait of healthy and a portrait of unhealthy for each type, and… Continue Reading Enneagram Part Three: Head Center: Weekly Summary

The Belly Center

Enneagram Part One: Body Center The Belly Center Tuesday, February 25, 2020 My friend Russ Hudson of the Enneagram Institute has spent his life studying and teaching the Enneagram. I will be sharing many of his insights over the next three weeks, because he has such compassion for each Enneagram type, and he helps us have… Continue Reading The Belly Center

To Know Thee More Clearly

Ways of Knowing To Know Thee More Clearly
 Sunday, February 9, 2020  O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
 May I know Thee more clearly,
 Love Thee more dearly,
 And follow Thee more nearly. 
 —St. Richard, Bishop of Chichester (1197–1253) [1] Ways of knowing are inseparable from human existence. As Paula D’Arcy says, “God comes to us disguised as our lives.” While Christians emphasize Tradition and/or Scripture as sources of… Continue Reading To Know Thee More Clearly

Reorder

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part Two Reorder Friday, December 20, 2019 I have known and cared deeply for people in recovery for most of my professional life. In my experience, it is as if they live inside a much bigger world full of endurance, meaning, hope, self-esteem, true desire, and, most especially, a bottomless pool of love… Continue Reading Reorder

Gender and Sexuality: Weekly Summary

Gender and Sexuality Summary: Sunday, October 20—Friday, October 25, 2019 With all the changing ways of understanding gender and sexuality, most of us truly need contemplative eyes and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to “rupture simplistic binaries” and be compassionate and respectful of difference and diversity. (Sunday) Jesus, like the cosmos itself, is about… Continue Reading Gender and Sexuality: Weekly Summary

Coexistence: Beliefs and Experience

Ways of Knowing Coexistence: Beliefs and Experience Monday, October 14, 2019 We cannot know God only by thinking thoughts. Unfortunately, for much of Christianity, faith largely became believing statements to be true or false (intellectual assent) instead of giving people concrete practices so they could themselves know how to open up (faith), hold on (hope),… Continue Reading Coexistence: Beliefs and Experience

A Big Experiment

The Perennial Tradition A Big Experiment Friday, August 16, 2019 Rami Shapiro, a rabbi, teacher, and author on Judaism and spirituality reflects on the enriching, powerful experience of interspiritual dialogue initiated by Fr. Thomas Keating (1923–2018). In 1984 Father Thomas Keating invited a small group of contemplatives from eight different religious traditions—Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islamic,… Continue Reading A Big Experiment

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