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Like Knows Like

Incarnation Like Knows Like Monday, December 23, 2019 The official Franciscan motto is Deus Meus et Omnia—“My God and all things.” Once you recognize the Christ as the universal truth of matter and spirit working together as one, then everything is holy and nothing is excluded. Once you surrender to this Christ mystery, this divine… Continue Reading Like Knows Like

Living “en Christo”

Incarnation Living “en Christo” Sunday, December 22, 2019 Incarnation, the synthesis of matter and spirit, should be the primary and compelling message of Christianity. Through the Christ (en Christo), the seeming gap between God and everything else has been overcome “from the beginning” (Ephesians 1:4, 9). Without some form of incarnation, God remains essentially separate… Continue Reading Living “en Christo”

Changing Places

Art: Old and New Changing Places Friday, November 15, 2019 There must be a way to be both here and in the depth of here. Jesus is here. Christ is the depth of here. This, in my mind, is the essence of incarnation and the gift of contemplation. We must learn to love and enjoy… Continue Reading Changing Places

The Minores

Franciscan Way: Part One The Minores Tuesday, October 1, 2019 Feast of Thérèse of Lisieux, “The Little Flower My friend since 1962 and fellow Franciscan, Father John Quigley, OFM, has written a helpful, succinct summary of Franciscanism. We worked closely together with the New Jerusalem Community in Ohio and could practically finish each other’s sentences,… Continue Reading The Minores

Discovering Anew

Franciscan Way: Part One Discovering Anew Sunday, September 29, 2019 St. Francis of Assisi (1182–1226) was a master of making room for the new and letting go of that which was tired or empty. His first biographer described Francis as always hopeful, always new, always beginning again. [1] Much of Francis’ genius was that he… Continue Reading Discovering Anew

At the Heart

Cosmology: Part Two At the Heart Thursday, September 5, 2019 In a recent episode of our podcast Another Name for Every Thing, Brie Stoner, Paul Swanson, and I reflected on why people are so uncomfortable when we say things like “Christ is in all things.” I’ve been accused of being a pantheist, but that’s lazy… Continue Reading At the Heart

Experiential Knowing

Introduction to Christian Mysticism Experiential Knowing Monday, July 15, 2019 When I use the word “mystical” I am referring to experiential knowing instead of just intellectual, textbook, or dogmatic knowing. A mystic sees things in their wholeness, connection, and union, not only their particularity. Mystics get a whole gestalt in one picture, beyond the sequential… Continue Reading Experiential Knowing

Incarnational Mysticism

Introduction to Christian Mysticism Incarnational Mysticism Sunday, July 14, 2019 Years ago, someone asked if I could sum up all my teachings in two words. My response was “incarnational mysticism.” The first word, “incarnational,” is Christianity’s specialty and should always be our essential theme. We believe God became embodied. The early Fathers of the Church… Continue Reading Incarnational Mysticism

Feminine Incarnation: Weekly Summary

Feminine Incarnation Summary: Sunday, June 9—Friday, June 14, 2019 God and Christ are beyond gender, and all humans are a blend of masculine and feminine traits. But because Western Christianity and culture have primarily worshipped male images, I believe it’s important to reclaim and honor female wisdom. (Sunday) Mary intuitively symbolizes the first incarnation—or Mother… Continue Reading Feminine Incarnation: Weekly Summary

Wise Women

Feminine Incarnation Wise Women Friday, June 14, 2019 Today’s reflection is by Mirabai Starr, drawn from her article in the Center’s spring newsletter and her new book Wild Mercy: As you have undoubtedly noticed, the feminine is rising at last, overflowing the banks of every landscape, from politics to religion, from the world of entertainment… Continue Reading Wise Women

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