Tag Archives: Grace
Politics: Week 1 From Mysticism to Politics Friday, July 13, 2018 Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics. —Charles Péguy (1873-1914)  In last fall’s issue of the Center for Action and Contemplation’s journal, Oneing, Wes Granberg-Michaelson, our good friend and neighbor here in New Mexico and the former General Secretary of the Reformed… Continue Reading From Mysticism to Politics
Economy: Week 2 Scarcity or Abundance? Thursday, July 5, 2018 God as Trinity reveals an economy of grace—overflowing love. The Gospel stories of “multiplication” clearly show a world view of abundance. When Jesus feeds a crowd with very little food, he’s revealing the nature of spiritual reality more than just performing a miracle (see Matthew… Continue Reading Scarcity or Abundance?
Justice: Week 2 You Are the “Imago Dei” Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Searching for and rediscovering the True Self is the fundamentum, the essential task that will gradually open us to receiving and giving love to God, others, and ourselves, and thus to live truly just lives. Grace builds on nature; it does not avoid… Continue Reading You Are the “Imago Dei”
Justice: Week 1 Restorative Justice Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Almost all religion and cultures that I know of have believed in one way or another that sin and evil are to be punished and that retribution is to be demanded of the sinner in this world—and usually the next world, too. Such retributive justice is a dualistic… Continue Reading Restorative Justice
It’s All Grace From Beginning to End March 11, 2018 Ephesians 2:4-10 John 3:14-21 Length: 7:24 Size: 10 MB Download “It’s All Grace From Beginning to End” MP3.
The Natural World: Week 1 Created to Love Thursday, March 8, 2018 In the fourth century, St. Augustine (354-430), an official “Doctor of the Church” (meaning he can be reliably trusted) in both Eastern and Western churches, said, “the church consists in the state of communion of the whole world.”  What an amazing and… Continue Reading Created to Love
The Natural World: Week 2 Nature Reflects God’s Goodness Tuesday, March 6, 2018 To start with words of the great Doctor of the Church, Thomas Aquinas: “Grace does not destroy nature, but perfects it.”  Grace brings nature to a sense of its own sanctity, and it evokes this sacredness within the human heart. Aquinas… Continue Reading Nature Reflects God’s Goodness
The Natural World: Week 1 The Givens Sunday, March 4, 2018 On spring and summer mornings, I love to go out early and walk in my little garden. If I can somehow let my “roots and tendrils” reconnect me with the “givens” of life, as Bill Plotkin calls them—not the ideas about life, but the… Continue Reading The Givens
Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 God Is Merciful and Gracious Monday, January 22, 2018 Most people naturally feel that God must be pleased and placated. The isolated ego cannot imagine infinite and gratuitous love. Until we receive the Gospel on a cellular level, the little mind processes reality in some form of “tit for tat.”… Continue Reading God Is Merciful and Gracious
Hope in the Darkness Two Kinds of Darkness Tuesday, September 5, 2017 Darkness is a good and necessary teacher. It is not to be avoided, denied, run from, or explained away. First, like Ezekiel the prophet, we must eat the scroll that is “lamentation, wailing, and moaning” in our belly, and only eventually becomes sweet… Continue Reading Two Kinds of Darkness