Tag Archives: Incarnation

Universal Salvation

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 Universal Salvation Friday, April 7, 2017 A universal notion of Christ takes mysticism beyond the mere individual and private level that has been seen as mysticism’s weakness. If authentic God experience overcomes the primary false split between yourself and the divine, then it should also overcome the equally false split Read More »

Christ in Evolution

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 Christ in Evolution Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Ilia Delio, a Franciscan sister and scientist, describes the positive foundation we have in the cosmic Christ: Franciscan theology on the whole . . . emphasized the incarnation as the love of God made visible in the world. [Bonaventure] did not consider the Read More »

Loving both Jesus and Christ

The Cosmic Christ: Week 1 Loving both Jesus and Christ Friday, March 31, 2017 I believe that Francis of Assisi was unique and ahead of his time for loving and relating to both the historical Jesus and the eternal Christ at the same time, surely without fully realizing what he was doing. Francis himself just Read More »

The Blueprint of Creation

The Cosmic Christ: Week 1 The Bluprint of Creation Tuesday, March 28, 2017 To be proclaimed a “Doctor of the Church” one’s teaching must be considered entirely reliable and orthodox. In Bonaventure’s world, the frame of reality was always big, inclusive, and hopeful. First of all, Bonaventure was profoundly Trinitarian; he saw love always and Read More »

Full Circle Salvation

The Cosmic Christ: Week 1 Full Circle Salvation Monday, March 27, 2017 Bonaventure of Bagnoregio (1217-1274), a Doctor of the Church, philosopher, and mystic, also brought Francis of Assisi’s intuitive vision to philosophical and theological heights. Bonaventure and John Duns Scotus (1265/66–1308) both had a cosmic, universal notion of the Christ. The key texts for Read More »

The Nature of Being

Trinity: Week 1 The Nature of Being Wednesday, March 1, 2017 We need to reshape our image of God. Most of us begin with some notion of God as a Being, and then we discover through Jesus that such a Being is loving. The Trinitarian revelation instead starts with the nature of loving—and this is Read More »

The Mystery of Incarnation

Experience The Mystery of Incarnation Friday, January 27, 2017 Francis of Assisi knew that if you can accept that the finite manifests the infinite and that the physical is the doorway to the spiritual (the foundational principle we call “incarnation”) then all you need is right here and right now—in this world. This is the Read More »

God Is in the Ordinary

Scripture God Is in the Ordinary Friday, January 13, 2017 One great idea of the biblical revelation is that God is manifest in the ordinary, in the actual, in the daily, in the now, in the concrete incarnations of life. Our experiences of ordinary life will transform us if we are willing to experience them Read More »

Bias from the Bottom

From the Bottom Up: Introduction Bias from the Bottom Friday, January 6, 2017 (Feast of the Epiphany) Another aspect of the phrase “from the bottom up” has to do with the biblical and Franciscan emphasis on the path of descent. Most of religion is ideological: it defines reality from the top down. It begins with Read More »

Divine DNA

From the Bottom Up: Introduction Divine DNA Thursday, January 5, 2017 [The] final end of the Incarnation is the realization of God’s union with the entire universe. —Alan Watts [1] What is emerging in our time is the desire for a faith for and of the earth, at long last capable of animating the fullness Read More »

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