Tag Archives: freedom

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 Read More »

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, Read More »

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

The Path of Descent

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 The Path of Descent Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Jesus himself taught and exemplified the path of descent, which Christians have often called “the way of the cross.” The path downward is much more trustworthy than any path upward, which tends to feed the ego. Like few other Christians, it was Francis Read More »

Freedom

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 Freedom Tuesday, June 20, 2017 For Saint Francis, “penance” was not some kind of dark asceticism but a proactive, free leap into the problem. It is the same freedom that we see in Jesus when he says “You are not taking my life from me; I am laying it down freely” Read More »

The Apostle Paul: Weekly Summary

The Apostle Paul Summary: Sunday, May 14-Friday, May 19, 2017 Theologian N. T. Wright concludes that we have largely missed Paul’s major theme, which is the new temple of God is the human person. (Sunday) Paul brings a deep new sense of the inherent dignity of every human person. (Monday) Paul is forever the critic Read More »

The Pattern for Everything

Resurrection The Pattern for Everything Friday, May 12, 2017 Jesus both reveals and identifies with humanity in all its stages, and even reveals the trajectory of all history—at its beginning, at its lowest points, and at its fulfilled end. Jesus, the Christ, illustrates “The One, Single New Man” (Ephesians 2:15), an Archetype, a Stand-In for Read More »

Be Peaceable, Be Free

The Beatitudes Be Peaceable, Be Free Friday, April 21, 2017 Guest writer and CAC teacher Cynthia Bourgeault continues exploring Jesus’ eight blessings known as the Beatitudes. “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.” —Matthew 5:9 This Beatitude follows as the logical consequence of all that has been laid out Read More »

Where You Can’t Be Bought Off

Simplicity Where You Can’t Be Bought Off Friday, October 7, 2016 When Francis said, after kissing the leper, “I left the world,” he was saying that he was giving up on the usual payoffs, constraints, and rewards of business-as-usual and was choosing to live in the largest Kingdom of all. To pray and actually mean Read More »

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