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Love Is All There Is

Hell, No! Love Is All There Is Thursday, September 16, 2021 We are born out of love. We live in love. We are destined for love.  —Blessed Raymón Llull, The Book of the Lover and the Beloved There are few people who teach as passionately about love as scientist, scholar, and Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio.… Continue Reading Love Is All There Is

Choosing Heaven Now

Hell, No! Choosing Heaven Now Monday, September 13, 2021 The shape of creation must somehow mirror and reveal the shape of the Creator. We must have a God at least as big as the universe. Otherwise, our view of God becomes irrelevant, constricted, and more harmful than helpful. The Christian image of a torturous hell… Continue Reading Choosing Heaven Now

God Is Good

Hell, No! God Is Good Sunday, September 12, 2021 Your image of God creates you. This is why it is important that we see God as loving and benevolent and why good theology still matters. One mistaken image of God that keeps us from receiving grace is the idea that God is a cruel tyrant.… Continue Reading God Is Good

Participation Is the Only Way

Life as Participation Participation Is the Only Way Friday, September 10, 2021 Some of the most exciting and fruitful thought in recent theology can be described as the “turn toward participation.” [1] Religion as participation is a rediscovery of the Perennial Tradition that so many saints and mystics have spoken of in their own ways. It… Continue Reading Participation Is the Only Way

Participating in Original Goodness

Life as Participation Participating in Original Goodness Monday, September 6, 2021 Everyone and every thing is created in the “image of God.” This is the objective connection or “divine DNA” given by God equally to all creatures at the moment of their conception. The philosopher Owen Barfield (1898–1997) called this phenomenon “original participation.” [1] We… Continue Reading Participating in Original Goodness

Being Instruments of God

Life as Participation Being Instruments of God Sunday, September 5, 2021 Almost twenty years ago, I gave a series of talks called Great Themes of Paul: Life as Participation, which I still think is one of the most important sets I ever made. Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3–6) was dramatic and… Continue Reading Being Instruments of God

Living Inside God’s Great Story: Weekly Summary

Living Inside God’s Great Story Saturday, September 4, 2021 Week Thirty-Five Summary and Practice Sunday, August 29—Friday, September 3, 2021 Sunday I would gather my siblings and neighborhood friends and have them sit on a bench in the backyard. I would hold my penny catechism upside down since I couldn’t read yet, and I would… Continue Reading Living Inside God’s Great Story: Weekly Summary

Simple Trust in God’s Presence

Living Inside God’s Great Story Simple Trust in God’s Presence Friday, September 3, 2021 Living School emeritus teacher Cynthia Bourgeault shares how her early exposure to a simple form of quiet prayer impacted her spiritual journey. “Prayer is talking to God”: with these words nearly all of us receive our first religious instruction. Certainly I… Continue Reading Simple Trust in God’s Presence

The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love

Living Inside God’s Great Story The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love Thursday, September 2, 2021 Brian McLaren grew up, as I did, in a very religious home, where “our story” was defined by strict religious obligations, with clear insiders and outsiders. However, a mystical experience in nature opened Brian up to God’s Great Story. He… Continue Reading The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love

Lost in the Secret of God’s Face

Living in God’s Great Story Lost in the Secret of God’s Face Wednesday, September 1, 2021 In an episode of his podcast Turning to the Mystics, James Finley shares how he first encountered the work of Thomas Merton (1915–1968) and how it changed the course of his life. He says: When I was at home… Continue Reading Lost in the Secret of God’s Face

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