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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

Reverencing Creation and the Creator

Contemplating Creation Reverencing Creation and the Creator Friday, October 15, 2021 For Fr. Richard and the Franciscan tradition, the incarnation is at the heart of a creation-affirming spirituality. We meet God in creation because we meet God everywhere! Instead of a barrier to the spiritual life, creation is a doorway. People who live in deep… Continue Reading Reverencing Creation and the Creator

“Ensouled” Animals

Francis and the Animals “Ensouled” Animals Thursday, October 7, 2021 Readers of the Daily Meditations may be familiar with the theological and scientific work of Ilia Delio. Today we share a reflection that honors both her Franciscan theology and her personal relationship with a beloved pet. It is almost a week since our beloved cat,… Continue Reading “Ensouled” Animals

Seeing Things as They Truly Are

Francis and the Animals Seeing Things as They Truly Are Monday, October 4, 2021 Richard continues exploring Francis of Assisi’s insights, pointing us beyond the “bird bath” spirituality for which Francis is too often known.   Francis of Assisi knew that the finite manifests the infinite, and the physical is the doorway to the spiritual.… Continue Reading Seeing Things as They Truly Are

Love Is All There Is

Hell, No! Love Is All There Is Thursday, September 16, 2021 We are born out of love. We live in love. We are destined for love.  —Blessed Raymón Llull, The Book of the Lover and the Beloved There are few people who teach as passionately about love as scientist, scholar, and Franciscan Sister Ilia Delio.… Continue Reading Love Is All There Is

Participating in Original Goodness

Life as Participation Participating in Original Goodness Monday, September 6, 2021 Everyone and every thing is created in the “image of God.” This is the objective connection or “divine DNA” given by God equally to all creatures at the moment of their conception. The philosopher Owen Barfield (1898–1997) called this phenomenon “original participation.” [1] We… Continue Reading Participating in Original Goodness

Accepting Evolution as Our Story

An Evolving Faith Accepting Evolution as Our Story Friday, June 4, 2021 There are few writers that I find more hopeful or exciting about the process of evolution than Franciscan Ilia Delio. She examines evolution through the lens of science, theology, technology, and personal development and reminds us that while evolving can be painful, God… Continue Reading Accepting Evolution as Our Story

God’s Love Is Evolutionary

An Expanding Love God’s Love Is Evolutionary Friday, March 19, 2021 St. Joseph’s Day Ilia Delio, a Franciscan sister and scientist, and a friend, reflects on love as the heart of the universe. To see the universe through the eyes of love helps us make sense of evolution, not as a process of cold, blind… Continue Reading God’s Love Is Evolutionary

Christ Is Born in Creation

Giving Birth to Christ Christ Is Born in Creation Monday, December 7, 2020 Humanity too is God’s creation. But humanity alone is called to co-operate with God in the creation. —Hildegard of Bingen For of his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. —John 1:16 The Greek word for “fullness” in this gospel passage… Continue Reading Christ Is Born in Creation

Cultivation Not Domination

Franciscan Ecological Wisdom Cultivation Not Domination Tuesday, May 19, 2020 St. Bonaventure (1221–1274) taught that “Christ, as a human being, shares with all creatures; indeed he possesses being with rocks, lives among the plants, senses with animals, and understands with angels.” [1] In saying this, Bonaventure wanted to give theological weight to the deep experience… Continue Reading Cultivation Not Domination