Tag Archives: Incarnation

Body and Soul

Human Bodies: Week 2 Body and Soul Sunday, April 8, 2018 I think my brilliant history and liturgy professor, Fr. Larry Landini, OFM, may have given the best explanation for why so many Christians seem to be ashamed and afraid of the body. In 1969, on the last day of four years studying church history,… Continue Reading Body and Soul

Trusting Our Bodies

Human Bodies: Week 1 Trusting Our Bodies Tuesday, April 3, 2018 Capable Flesh The tender flesh itself           will be found one day —quite surprisingly—           to be capable of receiving, and yes, full           capable of embracing the searing energies of God.… Continue Reading Trusting Our Bodies

Growing into Our Incarnation

Human Bodies: Week 1 Growing into Our Incarnation Monday, April 2, 2018 Make ready for the Christ, Whose smile, like lightning, Sets free the song of everlasting glory That now sleeps, in your paper flesh, like dynamite. —Thomas Merton [1] When God gives of Godself, one of two things happens: either flesh is inspirited or… Continue Reading Growing into Our Incarnation

Inner Light

Thisness Inner Light Friday, March 23, 2018 I have the immense joy of being a [human being], a member of a race in which God became incarnate. As if the sorrows and stupidities of the human condition could overwhelm me, now I realize what we all are. And if only everybody could realize this! But… Continue Reading Inner Light

One of a Kind

Thisness One of a Kind Thursday, March 22, 2018 My friend, Sister of Saint Joseph and Professor Mary Beth Ingham, knows John Duns Scotus inside and out. Over a decade ago we spoke together at a conference in Albuquerque called Holding the Tension. Today I share her insights from Duns Scotus’ teaching of haecceity or… Continue Reading One of a Kind

Go Deep in One Place

Thisness Go Deep in One Place Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Franciscan philosopher-theologian John Duns Scotus’ idea of “thisness” mirrors Jesus leaving the ninety-nine sheep and going after the one (Luke 15:4). And, just like Jesus, Duns Scotus holds that precious, irreplaceable “one” fully inside a “commonwealth” or community, the Body of Christ. Duns Scotus does… Continue Reading Go Deep in One Place

The Scandal of the Particular

Thisness The Scandal of the Particular Monday, March 19, 2018 That Christ’s incarnation occurred improbably, ridiculously, at such-and-such a time, into such-and-such a place, is referred to—with great sincerity even among believers—as “the scandal of particularity.” Well, the “scandal of particularity” is the only world that I, in particular, know. What use has eternity for… Continue Reading The Scandal of the Particular

Our Work in Co-Creating

Creation: Week 2 Our Work in Co-Creating Friday, February 23, 2018 The Great Work now . . . is to carry out the transition from a period of human devastation of the Earth to a period when humans would be present to the planet in a mutually beneficial manner. —Thomas Berry [1] Again, I offer… Continue Reading Our Work in Co-Creating

Creation Is the Body of God

Creation: Week 2 Creation Is the Body of God Monday, February 19, 2018 This week I’m drawing from several theologians and spiritual teachers I respect. I hope these introductions will inspire you to seek out their work and learn more! Today I offer Sallie McFague’s (b. 1933) excellent model of creation as God’s body. I… Continue Reading Creation Is the Body of God

Creation Reflects God’s Glory

Creation: Week 2 Creation Reflects God’s Glory Sunday, February 18, 2018 The universe itself can be understood as the primary revelation of the divine. —Thomas Berry [1] The Divine Presence is happening in, through, and amidst every detail of life. . . . [It] penetrates all that exists. Everything in virtue of coming into existence is… Continue Reading Creation Reflects God’s Glory

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