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Tag Archives: Goodness

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

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

Grace Fills in the Gaps

Everybody Grieves Grace Fills in the Gaps Friday, August 6, 2021 To experience grace is one thing; to integrate it into your life is quite another. —Christian Wiman, My Bright Abyss The following three paragraphs came to me clearly in a very short time while I was walking along the Pacific Ocean during my Lenten… Continue Reading Grace Fills in the Gaps

God Is Not Only “Over There”

The Contemplative Call to Nature God Is Not Only “Over There” Sunday, April 18, 2021 The core message of the incarnation of God in Jesus is that the Divine Presence is here, in us and in all of creation, and not only “over there” in some far-off realm. Indigenous religions largely understand this, as do… Continue Reading God Is Not Only “Over There”

A Mystic for Our Times

All Will Be Well A Mystic for Our Times Monday, April 5, 2021 My friend Matthew Fox published a book during the COVID-19 pandemic about Julian of Norwich. I love Julian’s teachings because she focuses on God’s infinite love, goodness, and mercy. Even during the Black Death (bubonic plague) in which perhaps a third of… Continue Reading A Mystic for Our Times

Telling a New Story

A New Story Telling a New Story Friday, January 15, 2021 In their book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy, Buddhist teacher Joanna Macy and her co-author Chris Johnstone talk about the “Three Stories of Our Time.” In the first of these [stories], Business as Usual, the defining assumption… Continue Reading Telling a New Story

A New Framing Story

A New Story A New Framing Story Monday, January 11, 2021 Thomas Kuhn’s book The Structure of Scientific Revolutions popularized the term “paradigm shift.” [1] A paradigm is a set of beliefs, images, concepts, and structures that govern the way we think about something. Kuhn (1922–1996) said that paradigm change becomes necessary when the previous paradigm… Continue Reading A New Framing Story

The True Patterns of the Universe

A Time of Unveiling The True Patterns of the Universe Thursday, January 7, 2021 Truth is One. If something is spiritually true, then all disciplines and religions will somehow be looking at this “one truth” from different angles, goals, assumptions, and vocabulary. If it is the truth, it is true all the time and everywhere, and… Continue Reading The True Patterns of the Universe

God, the Lover of Life

The Transforming Power of Love God, the Lover of Life Friday, November 13, 2020 Love is who you are. When you don’t live according to love, you are outside of being. You’re not being real. When you love, you are acting according to your deepest being, your deepest truth. You are operating according to your… Continue Reading God, the Lover of Life

The Soft Prophecy of Francis

St. Francis: A Message of Our Times The Soft Prophecy of Francis Friday, October 9, 2020 At its core, Franciscan prophecy is “soft prophecy”—which is often the hardest of all! It is a way of life that is counter to the ways of the world. I personally have found that few of us can offer… Continue Reading The Soft Prophecy of Francis

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