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Inner and Outer Freedom

Franciscan Way: Part Two Inner and Outer Freedom Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Francis and Clare of Assisi were not so much prophets by what they said as by the radical, system-critiquing way that they lived their lives. They found both their inner and outer freedom by structurally living on the edge of the inside of… Continue Reading Inner and Outer Freedom

The Drinking Gourd

Cosmology: Part One The Drinking Gourd Thursday, August 29, 2019 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of God’s hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into… Continue Reading The Drinking Gourd

Imagination

Prophets: Part Two Imagination Thursday, July 11, 2019 In his classic book, The Prophetic Imagination, theologian Walter Brueggemann gives voice to the role of the prophet in honoring the ministry of imagination. Brueggemann writes: The task of prophetic ministry is to nurture, nourish, and evoke a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception… Continue Reading Imagination

Liberation

Prophets: Part Two Liberation Monday July 8, 2019 A prophet is one who keeps God free for people and who keeps people free for God. Both of these are much needed and vital tasks. Without the educated gift of prophecy, God almost always becomes imprisoned and made inaccessible, and far too many people have been shamed and… Continue Reading Liberation

Civil Rights and Obligations

Prophets: Part One Civil Rights and Obligations Thursday, July 4, 2019 Sister Simone Campbell, SSS—known as “the nun on the bus”—is someone I consider a modern prophet. She is the Executive Director of NETWORK, an organization that lobbies for socially just federal policies. On this “Independence Day” (in the United States), reflect on Sr. Simone’s… Continue Reading Civil Rights and Obligations

God With Us

Meeting Christ Within Us God With Us Sunday, May 26, 2019 If God’s Spirit has truly joined our spirit, then we have every reason to trust the deepest movements of our natures. This trust becomes a key for all spirituality. The goal of Christian spirituality is to recognize and respond to the continual interior movements… Continue Reading God With Us

Loving Relationship

Indwelling Spirit Loving Relationship Tuesday, May 21, 2019 The highest expression of the spirit is the one that opens us to the Great Other, in love and trust. It establishes a dialogue with God, listens from the conscience to God’s call, and delivers us trustingly into the palm of God’s hand. This communion can be… Continue Reading Loving Relationship

Acceptance

Dying Before You Die Acceptance Thursday, April 4, 2019 All great spirituality is about letting go. Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection show us how to win by losing. In fact, this “Path of Descent” could be called the metanarrative of the Bible. It is so obvious, consistent, and constant that it’s hidden in plain sight.… Continue Reading Acceptance

Seeking Spiritual Freedom

Early Christianity Seeking Spiritual Freedom Thursday, September 6, 2018 A brother was restless in the community and often moved to anger. So he said: “I will go, and live somewhere by myself. And since I shall be able to talk or listen to no one, I shall be tranquil, and my passionate anger will cease.”… Continue Reading Seeking Spiritual Freedom

Discernment versus Decision Making

Vocation Discernment versus Decision Making Thursday, May 31, 2018 The holiness of Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), like all holiness, was unique and never merely a copy or imitation. In his Testament, he tells his brothers, “No one showed me what I had to do,” [1] and then, at the very end of his life, he… Continue Reading Discernment versus Decision Making

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