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The Gift of Deep Listening

The way we listen can allow the other person to bring forth what is true and alive to them. Continue Reading The Gift of Deep Listening

Practicing Awareness

Christianity and Buddhism Practicing Awareness Thursday, November 11, 2021 Father Richard offers his understanding of how Christian contemplation and Buddhist meditation share a common goal. Both seek to de-center the thinking mind to allow a deeper experience of truth, love, and compassion to emerge: The word Buddha means “I am awake.” Jesus told us in… Continue Reading Practicing Awareness

Life as Participation: Weekly Summary

Life as Participation Saturday, September 11, 2021 Week Thirty-Six Summary and Practice Sunday, September 5—Friday, September 10, 2021 Sunday After transformation, God is not out there and we don’t look at reality. We look from reality. We’re in the middle of it now; we’re a part of it. This whole thing is a mystery of… Continue Reading Life as Participation: Weekly Summary

Art as Service

Finding God in the Arts Art as Service Friday, August 20, 2021 Few of us feel called to be formal or fine artists, but all of us are called to be creators. Each of us is called to bring creativity, purpose, and passion to our vocation, no matter what it is. Artist and author Julia… Continue Reading Art as Service

A Superior Lens

Doorways to Christian Contemplation A Superior Lens Friday, July 16, 2021 Today the unnecessary suffering on this earth is great for people who could have “known better” and should have been taught better by their religions. In the West, religion became preoccupied with telling people what to know more than how to know, telling people… Continue Reading A Superior Lens

Practicing the Presence of God

Doorways to Christian Contemplation Practicing the Presence of God Thursday, July 15, 2021 Prayer is the orientation of all the attention of which the soul is capable toward God.  —Simone Weil, Waiting for God One of the simplest methods of contemplation is “to practice the presence of God” as described by Brother Lawrence (1614–1691), a… Continue Reading Practicing the Presence of God

Offering Your Whole Self

Doorways to Christian Contemplation Offering Your Whole Self Wednesday, July 14, 2021 “The Lord your God, the Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole mind, your whole soul, and your whole strength.” (Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30, 33; Luke 10:27) Beatrice Bruteau (1930–2014), one of the… Continue Reading Offering Your Whole Self

The Cosmic Egg: Weekly Summary

The Cosmic Egg Saturday, January 30, 2021 Week Four Summary and Practice Sunday, January 24—Friday, January 29, 2021 Sunday Meaning is communicated through story. The function of all mythologies, religion, and even family lore is to help us situate ourselves inside of a safe and meaningful universe. Monday “My Story” describes my private life, those… Continue Reading The Cosmic Egg: Weekly Summary

St. Francis: A Message for Our Times: Weekly Summary

St. Francis: A Message for Our Times Saturday: October 10, 2020 Summary: Sunday, October 4—Friday, October 9, 2020 St. Francis stands as one who made the way of Jesus credible and concrete, both for those called to formal religious life and for men and women living in the ordinary world. —Robert Ellsberg (Sunday) Humans and… Continue Reading St. Francis: A Message for Our Times: Weekly Summary

Ways of Knowing: Weekly Summary

Ways of Knowing Summary: Sunday, October 13—Friday, October 18, 2019 Contemplation is meeting as much reality as we can handle in its most simple and immediate form—without filters, judgments, or commentaries. (Sunday) Head and heart, rational and spiritual, need not stifle or silence one another. —Maria S. Guarino (Monday) This means engaging in dialogue with… Continue Reading Ways of Knowing: Weekly Summary

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