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Seeing Ourselves as God Sees Us

Spirituality and Addiction Seeing Ourselves as God Sees Us Thursday, November 18, 2021 In this conversation, CAC teacher and therapist James Finley shares his belief that we can only be freed from our addictions by healing our original wound—a loss of connection with divine love. Jim speaks here about the healing nature of seeing ourselves… Continue Reading Seeing Ourselves as God Sees Us

God’s Supremacy in Love

Christianity and Empire God’s Supremacy in Love Friday, October 22, 2021 CAC teacher and author Brian McLaren has spent years calling Christians to a practice of faith that reflects the loving, nonviolent Jesus of the Gospels instead of the conquering Jesus of colonialism and empire: The God imaged by Jesus exerts no dominating supremacy. In… Continue Reading God’s Supremacy in Love

Creation and Contemplation

Contemplating Creation Saturday, October 16, 2021 Week Forty-One Summary and Practice Sunday, October 10—Friday, October 15, 2021 Sunday Perhaps once we can see God in plants and animals, we might learn to see God in our neighbors. And then we might learn to love the world. —Richard Rohr Monday When we merge our internal rhythms… Continue Reading Creation and Contemplation

Nurturing Body and Spirit

Living Inside God’s Great Story Nurturing Body and Spirit Tuesday, August 31, 2021 The countless “me” and “our” stories reveal the infinite ways that God draws us—as individuals, communities, and cultures—to God’s Self. None of our smaller stories are complete until they are joined to God’s Great Story. Today, my friend and colleague Barbara Holmes… Continue Reading Nurturing Body and Spirit

Crisis Contemplation and Joy

Crisis Contemplation Crisis Contemplation and Joy Thursday, July 29, 2021 In my Franciscan tradition, joy comes from an inner realization of true experiential union with God (or Reality, Consciousness, and Life itself!). This realization descends upon us at ever deeper levels as we walk our faith journey. Authentic joy, however, takes place through our pain—not… Continue Reading Crisis Contemplation and Joy

Healing Generational Wounds

Crisis Contemplation Healing Generational Wounds Tuesday, July 27, 2021 The wounds that we don’t know about or don’t remember are the deepest. It is through the wormhole of those wounds that we travel to arrive at the peace that surpasses all understanding. Healing is possible because we have the ability to spiritually veer from disaster,… Continue Reading Healing Generational Wounds

Trauma and Healing: Weekly Summary

Trauma and Healing Saturday, May 8, 2021 Week Eighteen Summary and Practice Sunday, May 2—Friday, May 7, 2021 Sunday Great religion shows us what to do with the absurd, the tragic, the traumatic, the nonsensical, the unjust. If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it. Monday You can do this,… Continue Reading Trauma and Healing: Weekly Summary

Gazing on the Crucified Jesus

Trauma and Healing Gazing on the Crucified Jesus Friday, May 7, 2021 Those who “gaze upon” the crucified Jesus (John 19:37) long enough—with contemplative eyes—are always healed at deep levels of pain, unforgiveness, aggression, and victimhood. It demands no theological education at all, just an “inner exchange” by receiving the image within and offering one’s… Continue Reading Gazing on the Crucified Jesus

The Soul Wound

Trauma and Healing The Soul Wound Wednesday, May 5, 2021 Attorney and activist Sherri Mitchell from the Penobscot Nation writes about the collective trauma and “soul wound” [1] that Native Americans have suffered: My group, Native Americans, have suffered an unrecognized holocaust in this country. The brutal genocide of Native peoples is hard to acknowledge… Continue Reading The Soul Wound

Our All-Vulnerable God

Trauma and Healing Our All-Vulnerable God Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Very few of us can actually imagine God suffering. I bet almost half the prayers of the Catholic Church begin with “Almighty God” and when you’re “all mighty,” you don’t suffer! And yet if we believe that Jesus reveals the hidden heart of God, we… Continue Reading Our All-Vulnerable God