Tag Archives: Gospel

Questioning Our Loyalties

Politics: Week 1 Questioning Our Loyalties Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Most religion is highly “legitimating religion.” It is used for social control and public order by the powers that be and individuals. This oppressive use of religion has allowed much of Christian history to fully cooperate in toxic and unjust societies—just as long as each… Continue Reading Questioning Our Loyalties

The Living Word of God

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 The Living Word of God Wednesday, January 17, 2018 Fundamentalism is a growing phenomenon, not only in Islam and other religions, but within Christianity as well. Fundamentalism refuses to listen to the deep levels of mythic, metaphorical, and mystical meaning. It is obsessed with literalism and exclusion. The egoic need… Continue Reading The Living Word of God

One Thing

Living in the Now One Thing Wednesday, November 22, 2017 Martha, Martha, you worry about “the ten thousand things.” So few are necessary. Indeed, only one. —Luke 10:42 (paraphrase) These well-known words come from Jesus to his dear friend, Martha. He is the house-guest of siblings Mary, Martha, and Lazarus. Martha is doing the reasonable,… Continue Reading One Thing

A Franciscan Revolution

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 A Franciscan Revolution Friday, June 23, 2017 “. . . A man like St. Francis of Assisi, for instance. What does he really mean? . . . A complete break with the pattern of history. . . . A man born out of due time. A sudden, unexplained revival of the… Continue Reading A Franciscan Revolution

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 Summary

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, June 11-Friday, June 16, 2017 Francis of Assisi was known as a man of deep and abiding joy. He told the friars that it was their vocation “to move people’s hearts and lift them up to spiritual joy.” (Sunday) We can only give away who we are. We can… Continue Reading Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 Summary

Rule of the Gospel

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 1 Rule of the Gospel Tuesday, June 6, 2017 In the beginning of the Franciscan Rule, Saint Francis says, “The Rule and the life of the Friars Minor is to simply live the Gospel.” [1] In fact, the first Rule that he started writing around 1209 is simply a collection of quotes… Continue Reading Rule of the Gospel

An Economy of Grace

Law and Grace An Economy of Grace Tuesday, May 23, 2017 God’s freely given grace is a humiliation to the ego because free gifts say nothing about being strong, superior, or moral. Thus only the soul can understand grace, never the mind or the ego. The ego does not know how to receive things freely… Continue Reading An Economy of Grace

The Paschal Mystery

Path of Descent The Paschal Mystery Sunday, October 16, 2016 The path of descent, or the pattern of falling upward, is found throughout the Bible. Jacob’s son, Joseph, is thrown into the well by his own brothers and then rescued (Genesis 37:20-28). The prophet Jeremiah is thrown into a cistern by the civil leaders after… Continue Reading The Paschal Mystery

Love Is Who You Are

True Self/False Self: Week 2 Love Is Who You Are Thursday, August 11, 2016 Love is not really an action that you do. Love is what and who you are, in your deepest essence. Love is a place that already exists inside of you, but is also greater than you. That’s the paradox. It’s within… Continue Reading Love Is Who You Are

Good News

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 2 Good News Monday, July 25, 2016 The word “Gospel” means “Good News.” The reason it’s called the Good News is because—surprise of surprises—mistake, failure, and sin are part of the salvation equation. I want to share again these words from Julian of Norwich, because they are so powerful: “First there… Continue Reading Good News

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