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Tag Archives: Incarnation

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 »

Baking the Cake from the Bottom Up

From the Bottom Up: Introduction Baking the Cake from the Bottom Up Monday, January 2, 2017 It seems to me we need to rebuild our whole notion of religion from the bottom up. All too often religion—and Christianity in particular—has focused on continually re-icing a collapsed cake rather than baking the bottom layers properly. In Read More »

The Continual Incarnation

On this Christmas day, all of us at the Center for Action and Contemplation pray you may know the deep love of God that surpasses understanding. The story of Jesus’ birth reveals what is too simple and profound for us to comprehend: God is with us, even in our pain. In this 8-minute video, I Read More »

Whole-Making

The Perennial Tradition Whole-Making Monday, November 21, 2016 The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) stated that seminarians should “base themselves on a philosophy which is perennially valid,” and it encouraged the study of the entire history of philosophy and also “recent scientific progress.” [1] This sent willing Catholics in a new direction that is still unfolding. Read More »

All-Inclusive, All-Pervading

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 All-Inclusive, All-Pervading Tuesday, November 1, 2016 (All Saints’ Day) Human beings are programmed to love all other living beings. We fall in love with persons and creatures, not so much with concepts or energies. We need “interface.” And so the Word or the Blueprint became flesh—one humble human, a Jewish Read More »

Bigger than Christianity

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 Bigger than Christianity Monday, October 31, 2016 The “Christ Mystery” is much bigger than Christianity as an organized religion. If we don’t understand this, Christians will have little ability to make friends with, build bridges to, understand, or respect other religions or the planet. Jesus did not come to create Read More »

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