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Finding God in the Arts: Weekly Summary

Finding God in the Arts Saturday, August 21, 2021 Week Thirty-Three Summary and Practice Sunday, August 15—Friday, August 20, 2021 Sunday Until we can experience each thing in its specific “thisness,” as artists so often do, we will not easily experience the joy and freedom of Divine Presence. Monday Beholding happens when we stop trying… Continue Reading Finding God in the Arts: Weekly Summary

Overcoming the Gap

The Holiness of Human Sexuality Overcoming the Gap Sunday, June 6, 2021 Incarnation is the overcoming of the gap between God and everything visible and concrete. It is the synthesis of matter and spirit. Without incarnation, God remains separate from us and from creation. Because of incarnation, we can say, “God is with us!” In… Continue Reading Overcoming the Gap

Apocalyptic Hope: Weekly Summary

Apocalyptic Hope Saturday, May 1, 2021 Week Seventeen Summary and Practice Sunday, April 25—Friday, April 30, 2021 Sunday Apocalyptic literature helps us make room for something new by clearing out the old—old ideas, old stories, old ways of thinking, especially if we’ve become overly attached to them. Monday Apocalyptic literature is not meant to strike… Continue Reading Apocalyptic Hope: Weekly Summary

Incarnation: Weekly Summary

Incarnation Saturday, December 26, 2020 Summary: Sunday, December 20—Friday, December 25, 2020 We do the Gospel no favor when we make Jesus, the Eternal Christ, into a perpetual baby, who asks little or no adult response from us. (Sunday) Christianity’s true and unique story line has always been incarnation. That means that the spirit nature… Continue Reading Incarnation: Weekly Summary

Christ Born in Us

Incarnation Christ Born in Us Friday, December 25, 2020 Christmas Day What I have seen is the totality recapitulated as one, received not in essence but by participation. Just as if you lit a flame from a flame, it is the whole flame you receive. —Symeon the New Theologian Symeon the New Theologian (949‒1022) was… Continue Reading Christ Born in Us

The Symbols of Christmas

Incarnation The Symbols of Christmas Thursday, December 24, 2020 Christmas Eve People often use the word “magical” to describe their Christmas memories from childhood. I hope that was your experience. I have to confess that I am fortunate enough to have some rather “mystical” Christmas memories, too. Two of my earliest God-experiences took place around… Continue Reading The Symbols of Christmas

An Essential Presence

Incarnation An Essential Presence Wednesday, December 23, 2020 When we use the language of incarnation, we probably first think of Jesus, and then perhaps of all the rest of creation. No incarnation can take place, however, without a very real feminine presence and polarity. We’ve forgotten that reality for far too long, which is why… Continue Reading An Essential Presence

Manifesting the Great I AM

Incarnation Manifesting the Great I AM Tuesday, December 22, 2020 For all practical purposes, the dualistic mind is not able to accept the orthodox teaching that Jesus is both fully human and fully divine at the same time. Our dualistic minds need to choose one or the other, with the result that they understand Jesus… Continue Reading Manifesting the Great I AM

The Trajectory of Incarnation

Incarnation The Trajectory of Incarnation Monday, December 21, 2020 Christianity’s true and unique story line has always been incarnation. That means that the spirit nature of reality (the spiritual, the immaterial, the formless) and the material nature of reality (the physical, that which we can see and touch) are one. They have always been one,… Continue Reading The Trajectory of Incarnation

Birth Is Just the Beginning

Incarnation Birth Is Just the Beginning Sunday, December 20, 2020 We must move beyond a merely sentimental understanding of Christmas as “waiting for the baby Jesus” to an adult and communal appreciation of the message of the incarnation of God in Christ. We Franciscans have always believed that the incarnation was already the redemption, because in… Continue Reading Birth Is Just the Beginning

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