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Lesson Three: Your Life Is Not About You

Reality Initiating Us: Part One Lesson Three: Your Life Is Not About You Wednesday, April 1, 2020 After any true initiating experience, we know that we are a part of a much bigger whole. Life is not about us, but we are about life. We are not our own. We are an instance of a… Continue Reading Lesson Three: Your Life Is Not About You

The Three Intelligence Centers

Enneagram Part One: Body Center The Three Intelligence Centers Monday, February 24, 2020 My dear friend Chris Heuertz has written two books on the Enneagram full of compassionate wisdom and insight. Next month he is also launching a podcast called Enneagram Mapmakers, interviewing esteemed teachers of the Enneagram tradition. [1] It’s fascinating to me how teaching… Continue Reading The Three Intelligence Centers

Ways of Knowing: Weekly Summary

Ways of Knowing Sunday, February 9–Friday, February 14, 2020 God calls us to “not conform to the pattern of the world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds” through relationship with those who see differently than we do (see Romans 12:2). (Sunday) The vast majority of people throughout history have been poor, disabled,… Continue Reading Ways of Knowing: Weekly Summary

Grandmother God

Ways of Knowing Grandmother God 
 Wednesday, February 12, 2020 Since first working at Acoma Pueblo as a deacon in 1969 and making my permanent home in New Mexico in 1986, I have learned much from our Native American pueblos and tribes. I encourage you to learn about the history surrounding your home. [1] Settler colonial—and primarily… Continue Reading Grandmother God

Mysticism and Eco-Spirituality

Alternative Orthodoxy Mysticism and Eco-Spirituality 
 Friday, February 7, 2020  When the bow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature—every mortal being that is on the earth. —Genesis 9:16 Franciscan alternative orthodoxy emphasized mysticism over morality. Moralism is the task of low-level religion, concerned with creating an… Continue Reading Mysticism and Eco-Spirituality

Knowing and Not Knowing: Weekly Summary

Knowing and Not Knowing Sunday, January 26–Friday, January 31, 2020 Alongside all our knowing must be the equal and honest “knowing that I do not know.” (Sunday)  It is amazing how religion has turned the biblical idea of faith into a need and even a right to certain knowing, complete predictability, and perfect assurance about whom God… Continue Reading Knowing and Not Knowing: Weekly Summary

Love: The Highest Form of Knowing

Knowing and Not Knowing Love: The Highest Form of Knowing Friday, January 31, 2020 My good friend, Franciscan sister and scientist Ilia Delio, has written a wonderful autobiography. In it she recounts how her parents decided to name her Denise. (She would have been named Denis had she been a boy.) Later in life, she was delighted to find a… Continue Reading Love: The Highest Form of Knowing

God Cannot Be Thought

Knowing and Not Knowing God Cannot Be Thought Thursday, January 30, 2020 Augustinian priest Fr. Martin Laird is an author, retreat leader, and professor of early Christian studies at Villanova University. He is a gifted teacher who makes the history and practice of Christian contemplation accessible to people of all backgrounds. Here he relates the insights of The Cloud of Unknowing to the writings of St. Augustine of Hippo (354–430), the great theologian and bishop.    The fourteenth-century author… Continue Reading God Cannot Be Thought

The Cloud of Unknowing

Knowing and Not Knowing The Cloud of Unknowing Wednesday, January 29, 2020 God, it seems, cannot really be known, but only related to. Or, as the mystics would assert, we know God by loving God, by trusting God, by placing our hope in God. It is a non-possessive, non-objectified way of knowing. It is always… Continue Reading The Cloud of Unknowing

All Spiritual Knowing Must Be Balanced by Not-Knowing

Knowing and Not Knowing All Spiritual Knowing Must Be Balanced by Not-Knowing
 Monday, January 27, 2020 It is amazing how religion has turned the biblical idea of faith around 180 degrees—into a need and even a right to certain knowing, complete predictability, and perfect assurance about whom and what God likes or doesn’t like. Why… Continue Reading All Spiritual Knowing Must Be Balanced by Not-Knowing

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