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Tag Archives: insight

A Second Gaze

Only after God has taught us how to live “undefended” can we stand with and for others. Continue Reading A Second Gaze

Quest for the Grail: Weekly Summary

After the Grail experience, God is both perfectly hidden and perfectly revealed in everything. Continue Reading Quest for the Grail: Weekly Summary

Stay Where the Pain Is

Mature religion always teaches some form of contemplation—to break our addiction to egoic, disconnected thinking. Continue Reading Stay Where the Pain Is

Embodied Faith

The language of spiritual transformation is already written deeply within our bodies. Continue Reading Embodied Faith

A Revelation of Heaven on Earth

God puts us in a world of passing things where everything changes and nothing remains the same. Continue Reading A Revelation of Heaven on Earth

The Wisdom of Darkness

No matter how fractured things seem to be, there is a solid foundation within and beneath us, beside and between us. Continue Reading The Wisdom of Darkness

Curbing Our Appetites

What Do We Do With Money? Curbing Our Appetites Friday, September 24, 2021 Sallie McFague (1933–2019) was a renowned scholar in the theological disciplines of ecology, economics, and feminist Christianity. In her book Blessed Are the Consumers, she calls consumerism “the most successful religion on the planet” with catastrophic results for humanity and our planet.… Continue Reading Curbing Our Appetites

Living the Shadow

Shadow Work Living the Shadow Tuesday, June 15, 2021 All God appears to want from us is honesty and humility. There is no other way to read Jesus’ stories of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11–32) or the tax collector and the Pharisee (Luke 18:9–14). In each story, the one who did wrong ends up being… Continue Reading Living the Shadow

A Foundational Sense of Awe

A Time of Unveiling A Foundational Sense of Awe Wednesday, January 6, 2021 Feast of Epiphany Abandon hidden things, / Take up what is revealed! —Ephrem the Syrian, Hymn 81 Healthy religion gives us a foundational sense of awe. It re-enchants an otherwise empty universe. It gives people a universal reverence toward all things. Only… Continue Reading A Foundational Sense of Awe

The Second Gaze

Contemplation and Action Summary The Second Gaze Friday, January 1, 2021 New Year’s Day Contemplation happens to everyone. It happens in moments when we are open, undefended, and immediately present. —Gerald May Even after fifty years of practicing contemplation, my immediate response to most situations includes attachment, defensiveness, judgment, control, and analysis. I am better at… Continue Reading The Second Gaze

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