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Tag Archives: friendship

The Envoy of Sophia

Jesus appears as the prophet and child of Sophia sent to announce that God is the God of all-inclusive love. Continue Reading The Envoy of Sophia

An Opportunity to Grow Stronger

The gospel gives a blessed assurance that we operate inside an abundant, limitless, infinite Love. Continue Reading An Opportunity to Grow Stronger

Can We Be “Friends” with God?

Friendship is an eternal circle, the ceaseless reaching toward one another that strengthens us and gives us joy. Continue Reading Can We Be “Friends” with God?

Friendship and Grace: Weekly Summary

Friendship and Grace Saturday, April 17, 2021 Week Fifteen Summary and Practice Sunday, April 11—Friday, April 16, 2021 Sunday What I let God see and accept in me also becomes what I can then see and accept in myself, in my friends, and in everything else! This is “radical grace.” Monday How joyful you are… Continue Reading Friendship and Grace: Weekly Summary

God as Friendship

Friendship and Grace God as Friendship Friday, April 16, 2021 As I was preparing for The Shape of God conference on the Trinity in 2004, I discovered the teachings of Richard of St. Victor (1110–1173), a medieval philosopher and theologian. For years, people had been telling me, “Richard, read Richard!” So I finally did, and… Continue Reading God as Friendship

Making New Friends

Friendship and Grace Making New Friends Thursday, April 15, 2021 I’ve known CAC faculty member Brian McLaren for many years; and I deeply admire his gift for making friends through his genuine curiosity, compassion, and unconditional presence to others. In this passage, he encourages us to build relationships outside our comfortable social and religious groups.… Continue Reading Making New Friends

A Friendship with Jesus

Friendship and Grace A Friendship with Jesus Wednesday, April 14, 2021 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. (John 15:13–14) When we treat Jesus as a friend, it’s easy to focus on how the relationship benefits… Continue Reading A Friendship with Jesus

The Gift of Wise Friends

Friendship and Grace The Gift of Wise Friends Tuesday, April 13, 2021 As a Franciscan, I have always been curious about the fruitful friendship between Francis of Assisi and his female companion Clare. They were not lovers, yet they were deeply devoted to one another, built their orders together, and turned to one another for… Continue Reading The Gift of Wise Friends

Sacred Relationship

Friendship and Grace Sacred Relationship Monday, April 12, 2021 Depth psychologist and author David Benner has been a great source of wisdom and kindness for me over the years. He highlights how modern forms of friendship rarely become the life-giving relationships that our souls desire: The ancients viewed friendship as the crown of life, the… Continue Reading Sacred Relationship

Love and Friendship

Friendship and Grace Love and Friendship Sunday, April 11, 2021 When you looked at me your eyes imprinted your grace in me; for this you loved me ardently; and thus my eyes deserved to adore what they beheld in you. . . . Let us go forth to behold ourselves in your beauty. —John of… Continue Reading Love and Friendship

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