Tag Archives: identity

Finding Our Life

Heaven Now Finding Our Life Wednesday, May 1, 2019 Anyone who wants to save his life must lose it. Anyone who loses her life will find it. —Matthew 16:25 This passage from Matthew is a very strong, almost brutal statement from Jesus. It has perhaps been discussed, dismissed, misunderstood, and conveniently forgotten more than almost… Continue Reading Finding Our Life

The Task within the Task

Growing in Christ: Week 1 The Task within the Task Sunday, March 17, 2019 Religion and various models of human development seem to suggest there are two major tasks for each human life. The first task is to build a strong “container” or identity; the second is to find the contents that the container was… Continue Reading The Task within the Task

Bodily Knowing

This Is My Body Bodily Knowing Wednesday, March 6, 2019 Ash Wednesday Mutual desiring and indwelling is the intended impact of the Eucharist. We know that Jesus often referred to himself as the “bridegroom” (John 3:29; Matthew 9:15), and one of his first recorded acts of ministry was partying at a wedding feast (John 2:1-11),… Continue Reading Bodily Knowing

The Journey of Conversion

Christ in Paul’s Eyes The Journey of Conversion Sunday, February 24, 2019 Surely the biblical writer who most helps us discover the Christ Mystery is the Apostle Paul. Letters by Paul or influenced by him form one third of the New Testament. Paul is a foundational teacher for what became Christianity. [1] Yet he hardly… Continue Reading The Journey of Conversion

Upgrading Our Operating System

Jesus: Wisdom Teacher Upgrading Our Operating System Thursday, January 17, 2019 Guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault continues exploring Jesus as a wisdom teacher. I would like to reflect on this idea of Jesus as a master of consciousness from a slightly different angle with the help of a contemporary computer metaphor: We… Continue Reading Upgrading Our Operating System

The Unconscious

Contemplation: Week 1 The Unconscious Friday, December 14, 2018 Feast Day of St. John of the Cross Both Jesus and Paul love to use the subtle metaphor of leaven or yeast. Paul says that we should “Throw out the old yeast and make ourselves into a totally new batch of bread” (see 1 Corinthians 5:7).… Continue Reading The Unconscious

Our Holiness Is God’s Holiness

Love: Week 2 Our Holiness Is God’s Holiness Sunday, November 4, 2018 Self-hatred is also the hatred of God, because God and ourselves are united. —Thomas Keating [1] There is only one thing you must definitely answer for yourself: “Who am I?” Or, restated, “Where do I abide?” If you can get that right, the… Continue Reading Our Holiness Is God’s Holiness

The Most Essential Thing

Love: Week 1 The Most Essential Thing Sunday, October 28, 2018 The most powerful, most needed, and most essential teaching is always Love. Love is our foundation and our destiny. It is where we come from and where we’re headed. As St. Paul famously says, “So faith, hope, and love remain, but the greatest of… Continue Reading The Most Essential Thing

Primordial Light

Islam Primordial Light Wednesday, September 26, 2018 What is this precious love and laughter Budding in our hearts? It is the glorious sound Of a soul waking up! —Hafiz (c. 1320–1389) [1] Sufism is the mystical arm of Islam. Mainline Islam, like most organized religions, largely emphasizes practical expressions and behaviors, whereas Sufism developed and… Continue Reading Primordial Light

Theosis

Eastern Christianity Theosis Wednesday, September 12, 2018 The Orthodox teaching of divinization, or theosis, according to Pope John Paul II, is perhaps the greatest gift of the Eastern Church to the West, but one that has largely been ignored or even denied. [1] The Eastern fathers of the Church believed that we could experience real and transformative… Continue Reading Theosis

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