Tag Archives: 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

Joy Unspeakable

Art: Week 2 Joy Unspeakable Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Last week I shared reflections from our CONSPIRE 2018 presenter Barbara Holmes on art that ordinarily has not been considered “sacred” by Western culture. Over the next few days I’d like to share more of her insights on music from African American culture and the black… Continue Reading Joy Unspeakable

Support Prophetic Freedom

Supporting Prophetic Freedom Tuesday, April 10, 2018 Thank you for welcoming me into your Inbox each day! After 75 years of life, I’m honored and humbled to share the things I’ve learned—through study and experience—with you and over 280,000 people around the world. I love uncovering gems from my own Christian tradition, offering universal truths… Continue Reading Support Prophetic Freedom

Growing into Our Incarnation

Human Bodies: Week 1 Growing into Our Incarnation Monday, April 2, 2018 Make ready for the Christ, Whose smile, like lightning, Sets free the song of everlasting glory That now sleeps, in your paper flesh, like dynamite. —Thomas Merton [1] When God gives of Godself, one of two things happens: either flesh is inspirited or… Continue Reading Growing into Our Incarnation

A New Creation

Evolution A New Creation Friday, March 2, 2018 My Franciscan colleague, theologian and scientist Ilia Delio, applies the process of evolution to human spiritual growth: If being the image of God is at the heart of evolution in Christ, then the spiritual life is essential to Christian evolution. A dynamic interior spirit must be at… Continue Reading A New Creation

Living in the Now: Weekly Summary

Living in the Now Summary: Sunday, November 19-Friday, November 24, 2017 Of all the things I have learned and taught over the years, I can think of nothing that could be of more help to you than living in the now. (Sunday) I could tell you that God is not elsewhere and heaven is not… Continue Reading Living in the Now: Weekly Summary

Liberation

Prophets Liberation Wednesday, September 13, 2017 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. God has been imprisoned and made inaccessible, and far too many people have been shamed and taught guilt to keep us clergy in… Continue Reading Liberation

Freedom to Be Our True Self

True Self and False Self: Week 2 Freedom to Be Our True Self Wednesday, August 16, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. Merton quotes Meister Eckhart as saying, “For God to be is to give being,… Continue Reading Freedom to Be Our True Self

What Is the False Self?

True Self and False Self: Week 1 What Is the False Self? Monday, August 7, 2017 Your egoic false self is who you think you are, but your thinking does not make it true. Your false self is a social and mental construct to get you started on your life journey. It is a set… Continue Reading What Is the False Self?

Revolutionary Contemplation

Rebuilding on a Contemplative Foundation Revolutionary Contemplation Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Today, we continue Archbishop Rowan Williams’ address to the Synod of Bishops in Rome in 2012. [Contemplation] is very far from being just one kind of thing that Christians do: it is the key to prayer, liturgy, art and ethics, the key to the… Continue Reading Revolutionary Contemplation

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