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Living the Shadow

Shadow Work Living the Shadow Tuesday, June 15, 2021 All God appears to want from us is honesty and humility. There is no other way to read Jesus’ stories of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11–32) or the tax collector and the Pharisee (Luke 18:9–14). In each story, the one who did wrong ends up being… Continue Reading Living the Shadow

Embracing Shadow and Light

Shadow Work Embracing Shadow and Light Monday, June 14, 2021 We all identify with our persona/mask so strongly when we are young that we become masters of denial and learn to eliminate or hide anything that doesn’t support it. Neither our persona nor our shadow is evil in itself; they just allow us to do… Continue Reading Embracing Shadow and Light

Letting Go of What Used to Be

An Evolving Faith Letting Go of What Used to Be Thursday, June 3, 2021 God is doing new things, Jesus proclaimed, but only those with new minds and hearts can see a new world breaking through the cracks of the old. —Ilia Delio, The Hours of the Universe If evolution is the language of growth… Continue Reading Letting Go of What Used to Be

Wisdom: Weekly Summary

Wisdom Saturday, February 27, 2021 Week Eight Summary and Practice Sunday, February 21—Friday, February 26, 2021 Sunday Jesus teaches his disciples through his lifestyle, a kind of “seminary of life.” Monday What Jesus experiences in his consciousness, we are to experience in ours. We are to enter into his very heart, the center of his… Continue Reading Wisdom: Weekly Summary

The Inadequacy of Words

Unknowing The Inadequacy of Words Sunday, January 31, 2021 My thoughts are not your thoughts, my ways are not your ways. . . . As high as the heavens are above the earth, so my ways are beyond your ways, and my thoughts are beyond your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8–9) Jesus had been formed by this… Continue Reading The Inadequacy of Words

Taking the Lower Place

Self-Emptying Taking the Lower Place Tuesday, December 15, 2020 Jesus’ life offered an example of humility and self-emptying, but he chose an additional model for his disciples: that of little children. Despite what we see depicted in so much religious art, it was not meant as a “cute” or sentimental gesture! As Albert Nolan shares,… Continue Reading Taking the Lower Place

Recovering Our Original Unity

Thomas Merton: Contemplation and Action Recovering Our Original Unity Tuesday, November 24, 2020 What is the relation of [contemplation] to action? Simply this. He who attempts to act and do things for others or for the world without deepening his own self-understanding, freedom, integrity and capacity to love will not have anything to give others.… Continue Reading Recovering Our Original Unity

Corporate Evil and Corporate Good

What Do We Do with Evil? Corporate Evil and Corporate Good Friday, October 16, 2020 Both Jesus and Paul radically reframe the human situation and invite us to live a vulnerable human life in communal solidarity with both sin and salvation. Neither sin nor salvation could ever be exclusively mine, but both of them are… Continue Reading Corporate Evil and Corporate Good

An Unexpected Francis

St. Francis: A Message for Our Times An Unexpected Francis Sunday, October 4, 2020 During the election, I was seated next to [Brazilian] Cardinal Claudio Hummes: a good friend, a good friend! . . . When the votes reached two thirds . . . he said: “Don’t forget the poor.”. . . Right away, thinking… Continue Reading An Unexpected Francis

A Mutual Vulnerability

Wounded Healers A Mutual Vulnerability Wednesday, September 16, 2020 Earlier this year, my colleague and dear friend Jim Finley gave an unpublished talk to Illuman, an organization that supports men in authentic spiritual development. Jim shared some stories from his own life, including how he began to heal from his own childhood abuse and trauma… Continue Reading A Mutual Vulnerability