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Cosmic Hope

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary Richard’s love for the Trinity finds inspiration from the Franciscan mystical scholar St. Bonaventure (c. 1217–1274), who viewed all reality as coming from, participating with, and returning to God. Such a cosmic vision is mystical hope at its best! Bonaventure’s vision is positive, mystic, cosmic, intimately relational, and… Continue Reading Cosmic Hope

The Christ Mystery

Richard writes about how the coming of Christ is far more than the birth of a baby. The Christ Mystery is nothing less than a cosmic hope for history: The Second Coming of Christ that history is waiting for is not the same as the baby Jesus or even the historical Jesus. The historical Jesus… Continue Reading The Christ Mystery

The Gift of Confidence

Father Richard describes the gift of confidence, which arises not from our ego or efforts, but from the foundational goodness of God. When we are confident, we believe in a deep way that life is good, God is good, and humanity is good. We become safe and salutary people for others. We do exciting and… Continue Reading The Gift of Confidence

The Theological Virtue of Hope

Mystical Hope The Theological Virtue of Hope Sunday, December 5, 2021 Second Sunday of Advent Mystical hope offers us an experience of trust that God’s presence, love, and mercy is in and all around us, regardless of circumstances or future outcome. Father Richard Rohr writes of such hope through our anticipation of Jesus’ coming during… Continue Reading The Theological Virtue of Hope

Universal Salvation of All Creation

Hell, No! Universal Salvation of All Creation Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Elizabeth Johnson, the brilliant theologian, Sister of St. Joseph, and professor at Fordham University, has written extensively about the universal nature of salvation— not only for humans, but for all creation. By focusing our religious conversations on the problem of human sin and “worthiness,”… Continue Reading Universal Salvation of All Creation

Living Inside God’s Great Story: Weekly Summary

Living Inside God’s Great Story Saturday, September 4, 2021 Week Thirty-Five Summary and Practice Sunday, August 29—Friday, September 3, 2021 Sunday I would gather my siblings and neighborhood friends and have them sit on a bench in the backyard. I would hold my penny catechism upside down since I couldn’t read yet, and I would… Continue Reading Living Inside God’s Great Story: Weekly Summary

Vulnerability: A Divine Condition

Everybody Grieves Vulnerability: A Divine Condition Sunday, August 1, 2021 We live in a finite world where everything is dying, shedding its strength. This is hard to accept, and all our lives we look for exceptions to it. We look for something certain, strong, undying, and infinite. Religion tells us that the “something” for which… Continue Reading Vulnerability: A Divine Condition

Communal Lament

Crisis Contemplation Communal Lament Wednesday, July 28, 2021 Psalms of lament are powerful expressions of the experience of disorientation. They express the pain, grief, dismay, and anger that life is not good. They also refuse to settle for things as they are, and so they assert hope. —Walter Brueggemann, Praying the Psalms Most of us… Continue Reading Communal Lament

Job: Hoping Against Hope

Great Themes of Scripture: Hebrew Bible Job: Hoping Against Hope Thursday, July 1, 2021 The author of the biblical book of Job wrestled with the mystery of evil. If we look at this book as a drama or play, we can easily see Job as the protagonist, God as the hero, and Satan as the… Continue Reading Job: Hoping Against Hope

Foundational Hope

An Evolving Faith Foundational Hope Monday, May 31, 2021 Memorial Day in US The Jesuit scientist Teilhard de Chardin wrote that “Love is the physical structure of the universe.” [1] Our theological way of saying the same thing is “Let us create in our image” (Genesis 1:26), in the image of the triune God, who… Continue Reading Foundational Hope