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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

The Prayer of Francis and Clare

The Universal Pattern The Prayer of Francis and Clare Wednesday, April 15, 2020 Both St. Francis of Assisi (1182–1226) and St. Clare (1194–1253) let go of their fear of suffering; any need for power, prestige, and possessions; and any need for their small self to be important. By doing so they came to know who… Continue Reading The Prayer of Francis and Clare

Death Transformed

The Universal Pattern Death Transformed Sunday, April 12, 2020 Easter Sunday In this short Easter message, Richard Rohr shares how the Universal Christ meets suffering reality through resurrection. Watch the video below or listen to the audio beneath the video. [Rise up] O sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, for I am the life of… Continue Reading Death Transformed

Love: The Highest Form of Knowing

Knowing and Not Knowing Love: The Highest Form of Knowing
 Friday, January 31, 2020 My good friend, Franciscan sister and scientist Ilia Delio, has written a wonderful autobiography. In it she recounts how her parents decided to name her Denise. (She would have been named Denis had she been a boy.) Later in life, she was delighted to find a… Continue Reading Love: The Highest Form of Knowing

A New Consciousness

Cosmology: Part Two A New Consciousness Monday, September 2, 2019 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. The Word became flesh and dwelt… Continue Reading A New Consciousness

Participating in God

Cosmology: Part Two Participating in God Sunday, September 1, 2019 From the beginning until now, the entire creation as we know it has been groaning in one great act of giving birth. —Romans 8:22 Just this one line from Paul should be enough to justify evolution. God creates things that create themselves! Wouldn’t this be… Continue Reading Participating in God

A New Cosmology

Cosmology: Part One A New Cosmology Monday, August 26, 2019 When I was growing up, the common perception was that science and religion were at deep odds with one another. Now that we are coming to understand the magnificent nature of the cosmos, we’re finding that many mystics’ spiritual intuitions are paralleled by scientific theories… Continue Reading A New Cosmology

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