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Feminine and Masculine Principles

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Feminine and Masculine Principles Sunday, April 22, 2018 God is beyond gender, of course. Yet Genesis says that both male and female are included in “the image of God” (1:27). Throughout the Bible, both feminine and masculine images are used to illustrate the divine, although we must admit that the… Continue Reading Feminine and Masculine Principles

Two Halves of Life

Growing in Love’s Likeness Two Halves of Life Sunday, March 25, 2018 All of us, gazing with unveiled face on the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image that we reflect. This is the work of the Lord who is Spirit. —2 Corinthians 3:18 We are created in the image and… Continue Reading Two Halves of Life

Christ Is the Template for Creation

Creation: Week 1 Christ Is the Template for Creation Thursday, February 15, 2018 The Franciscan philosopher and Doctor of the Church, St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio (1217-1274) was an exemplary mystic because he so effectively pulled his brilliant mind down into his passionate heart. [1] In Bonaventure’s writings, you will find little or none of the… Continue Reading Christ Is the Template for Creation

The Story that Defines Us

Creation: Week 1 The Story that Defines Us Sunday, February 11, 2018 The first book of the Bible, Genesis, is not the Bible’s oldest book. Genesis’ two accounts of creation were compiled in their present form as late as 500 BC. During this period, the Jews were likely in exile in Babylon, where they were… Continue Reading The Story that Defines Us

The Lost Tradition of Contemplation

Contemplative Consciousness The Lost Tradition of Contemplation Tuesday, January 9, 2018 The awesome and even presumptuous message of divinization is found in the Judeo-Christian story of Creation: we are “created in the image and likeness of God” (Genesis 1:27 and 5:2). Many tomes of theology have been written to clarify this claim, and this is… Continue Reading The Lost Tradition of Contemplation

The Second Gaze

Contemplative Consciousness The Second Gaze Sunday, January 7, 2018 Contemplation helps us to actually experience our experiences so that they can become transformational. Contemplation exposes our small self so that we can be open to our Big Self, which many of us call “God.” This week we will explore what the contemplative mind is and… Continue Reading The Second Gaze

Where Is God?

Introduction: Image and Likeness Where Is God? Friday, January 5, 2018 When I was on retreat at Thomas Merton’s hermitage at Gethsemani Abbey in 1985, I had a chance encounter that has stayed with me all these years. I was walking down a little trail when I recognized a recluse, what you might call a… Continue Reading Where Is God?

Growing and Waking Up

Introduction: Image and Likeness Growing and Waking Up Thursday, January 4, 2018 In the beginning, in our original unwoundedness (“innocence”), we lived in an unconscious state of full connection with the divine, like Adam and Eve walking naked in the garden with God. But it didn’t take long for us to think of ourselves as… Continue Reading Growing and Waking Up

We Were Made by Love to Love

Introduction: Image and Likeness We Were Made by Love to Love Wednesday, January 3, 2018 God said, “Let us make humans in our image, according to our likeness.” —Genesis 1:26 My dear people, we are already children of God; what we will be in the future has not yet been fully revealed, and all I… Continue Reading We Were Made by Love to Love

Beginning Again

Introduction: Image and Likeness Beginning Again Monday, January 1, 2018 World Day of Peace Let us begin, brothers, to serve the Lord God, for up until now we have done little or nothing. —Saint Francis of Assisi near the end of his life [1] My goal in the coming year of meditations is to offer… Continue Reading Beginning Again

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