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God Is Present in All

Images of God God Is Present in All Friday, December 3, 2021 In keeping with his Franciscan tradition, Father Richard teaches that we can find God’s freely given image in all of creation, beginning with ourselves! The purpose of prayer and religious seeking is to see the truth about Reality, to see what is. And… Continue Reading God Is Present in All

Our True Nature

Christianity and Buddhism Our True Nature Monday, November 8, 2021 Father Richard has long said, “We’ve got to get the ‘who’ right.” [1] For Christians, our identity lies in the fact that we are loved by God from the beginning and “hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:3). Discovering who we are is an important… Continue Reading Our True Nature

Original Goodness: Weekly Summary

Original Goodness Saturday, October 30, 2021 Week Forty-Three Summary and Practice Sunday, October 24—Friday, October 29, 2021 Sunday Our core is original blessing, not original sin. —Richard Rohr Monday The Christian story line must start with a positive, over-arching vision for humanity and for history, or it will never get beyond the primitive, exclusionary, and… Continue Reading Original Goodness: Weekly Summary

Being “God’s Somebody”

Original Goodness Being “God’s Somebody” Friday, October 29, 2021 Everybody is God’s somebody. —Bishop Michael Curry, Love Is the Way Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church Michael Curry, with whom Fr. Richard has worked on several occasions, shares how knowing we are “God’s somebody” allows us to love ourselves and others. I’ve come to see… Continue Reading Being “God’s Somebody”

Beginning as “Beloved”

Original Goodness Beginning as “Beloved” Thursday, October 28, 2021 And a voice came out of the heavens: “You are my beloved Son. In you I am well pleased.” —Mark 1:11 In a homily on the Feast of Jesus’ Baptism, Fr. Richard Rohr describes the powerful nature of being named a beloved child of God. We… Continue Reading Beginning as “Beloved”

Made in the Divine Image

Original Goodness Made in the Divine Image Wednesday, October 27, 2021 Father Richard views religion’s purpose as reminding us of who we truly are: The essential work of religion is to help us recognize and recover the divine image in ourselves and everything else too. Whatever we call it, this ‘image of God’ is absolute… Continue Reading Made in the Divine Image

Creation Is Very Good

Original Goodness Creation Is Very Good Tuesday, October 26, 2021 God saw all God had made, and indeed it was very good. —Genesis 1:31 In Judaism, there is no concept of “original sin.” Instead of believing humans are born in sin, Judaism affirms our place in a “very good” creation. Rabbi Ellen Bernstein is a… Continue Reading Creation Is Very Good

The Shadow of Original Sin

Original Goodness The Shadow of Original Sin Monday, October 25, 2021 Fr. Richard reflects on the negative consequences of Christianity’s emphasis on “original sin.” The truth of our Original Goodness was sadly complicated when the concept of original sin entered the Christian mind. This idea was put forth by Augustine in the fifth century but… Continue Reading The Shadow of Original Sin

A Hopeful Foundation

Original Goodness A Hopeful Foundation Sunday, October 24, 2021 We are not loved because we are so beautiful and good. We are beautiful and good because we are loved. —Jürgen Moltmann, Theology of Joy (video interview, 2014) There is plenty of evidence in the world to conclude that there is something fundamentally flawed with humanity.… Continue Reading A Hopeful Foundation

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

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