Tag Archives: God

Knowing Our Source

Contemplation: Week 1 Knowing Our Source Monday, December 10, 2018 Thomas Merton Day Within Christianity, contemplation was not systematically taught for the last 400 or 500 years. Thankfully, Trappist monk Thomas Merton (1915–1968)—who died fifty years ago today—helped reintroduce contemplation to Western Christianity. Here’s just a taste of what Merton had to say about contemplation:… Continue Reading Knowing Our Source

Outpouring Love

The Universal Christ Outpouring Love Wednesday, December 5, 2018 Francis of Assisi understood that the entire circle of life had a Great Lover at the center. For Franciscan John Duns Scotus, before God is the divine Logos (rational pattern), God is Infinite and Absolute Friendship (Trinity), that is, Eternal Outpouring (Love). Love is the very nature of Being itself. God is… Continue Reading Outpouring Love

Who Is Christ?

The Universal Christ Who Is Christ Sunday, December 2, 2018 First Sunday of Advent What if we’ve missed the point of who Christ is, what Christ is, and where Christ is? I believe that a Christian is simply one who has learned to see Christ everywhere. Understanding the Universal or Cosmic Christ can change the… Continue Reading Who Is Christ?

Joy and Hope: Weekly Summary

Joy and Hope Summary: Sunday, November 25-Friday, November 30, 2018 The Gospel is primarily communicated by highly symbolic human lives that operate as “Prime Attractors”: through actions visibly done in love; by a nonviolent, humble, and liberated lifestyle; and through identification with the edged out and the excluded of the world. The very presence of… Continue Reading Joy and Hope: Weekly Summary

Mystical Hope

Joy and Hope Mystical Hope Friday, November 30, 2018 Cynthia Bourgeault, one of our core faculty members at the Center for Action and Contemplation, writes about the unshakable depths of hope: Must we be whiplashed incessantly between joy and sorrow, expectation and disappointment? Is it not possible to live from a place of greater equilibrium,… Continue Reading Mystical Hope

Generosity of Spirit

Joy and Hope Generosity of Spirit Thursday, November 29, 2018 For a week in April 2015, Archbishop Desmond Tutu visited His Holiness the Dalai Lama at his residence in exile in India. Their dialogue and interactions, facilitated by Douglas Abrams, became The Book of Joy. I’d like to share some of their hard-won wisdom with… Continue Reading Generosity of Spirit

Joy in Contemplation

Joy and Hope Joy in Contemplation Wednesday, November 28, 2018 Joy proceeds from the inner realization of union with God, which descends upon us at ever deeper levels as we walk our faith journey. This deepening is the goal of Christian contemplation and is the heart of perennial wisdom from every faith. This is how… Continue Reading Joy in Contemplation

Life-Death-Life

Death and Resurrection: Week 2 Life-Death-Life Friday, November 23, 2018 The whole process of living, dying, and then living again starts with YHWH “breathing into clay,” which becomes “a living being” called Adam (“of the earth”; see Genesis 2:7). Breath and what appears to be mere dirt become human (the word “human” comes from the… Continue Reading Life-Death-Life

Seeing with God’s Eyes

Love: Week 2 Seeing with God’s Eyes Tuesday, November 6, 2018 Love [people] even in [their] sin, for that is the semblance of Divine Love and is the highest love on earth. Love all God’s creation, the whole and every grain of sand in it. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light. Love the… Continue Reading Seeing with God’s Eyes

Our Holiness Is God’s Holiness

Love: Week 2 Our Holiness Is God’s Holiness Sunday, November 4, 2018 Self-hatred is also the hatred of God, because God and ourselves are united. —Thomas Keating [1] There is only one thing you must definitely answer for yourself: “Who am I?” Or, restated, “Where do I abide?” If you can get that right, the… Continue Reading Our Holiness Is God’s Holiness

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