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The Importance of Practice

Love waits to be invited and desired, and only then rushes in. Continue Reading The Importance of Practice

A Return to Devotion

We have to somehow live a life that’s connected to the heart. Continue Reading A Return to Devotion

Finding Presence

Doorways to Christian Contemplation Finding Presence Tuesday, July 13, 2021 Chanting is one of the most traditional methods of contemplation. While some traditions repeat a single word or sound, Benedictine and Gregorian chant within the Christian tradition draw their inspiration from the Psalms. Cynthia Bourgeault describes how chant works as a contemplative method. She is… Continue Reading Finding Presence

The Contemplative Call to Nature: Weekly Summary

The Contemplative Call to Nature Saturday, April 24, 2021 Week Sixteen Summary and Practice Sunday, April 18—Friday, April 23, 2021 Sunday The core message of the incarnation of God in Jesus is that the Divine Presence is here, in us and in all of creation, and not only “over there” in some far-off realm. Monday… Continue Reading The Contemplative Call to Nature: Weekly Summary

A Sacred Sweetness

All Will Be Well A Sacred Sweetness Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Today, treat yourself to reading directly from Julian. I am using Mirabai Starr’s wonderful translation of Julian’s Showings, which is also aptly called Revelations of Divine Love. This is from her Long Text, chapter 52. God rejoices that he is our Father. God rejoices… Continue Reading A Sacred Sweetness

Prophetic Imagination: Weekly Summary

Prophetic Imagination Saturday, March 27, 2021 Week Twelve Summary and Practice March 21—March 26, 2021 Sunday Moses had the prescience and courage to move the place of hearing God outside and at a distance from the court of common religious and civic opinion—this was the original genius that inspired the entire Jewish prophetic tradition. Monday… Continue Reading Prophetic Imagination: Weekly Summary

Wisdom: Weekly Summary

Wisdom Saturday, February 27, 2021 Week Eight Summary and Practice Sunday, February 21—Friday, February 26, 2021 Sunday Jesus teaches his disciples through his lifestyle, a kind of “seminary of life.” Monday What Jesus experiences in his consciousness, we are to experience in ours. We are to enter into his very heart, the center of his… Continue Reading Wisdom: Weekly Summary

The Cosmic Egg: Weekly Summary

The Cosmic Egg Saturday, January 30, 2021 Week Four Summary and Practice Sunday, January 24—Friday, January 29, 2021 Sunday Meaning is communicated through story. The function of all mythologies, religion, and even family lore is to help us situate ourselves inside of a safe and meaningful universe. Monday “My Story” describes my private life, those… Continue Reading The Cosmic Egg: Weekly Summary

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two: Weekly Summary

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two Summary: Sunday, October 25—Friday, October 30, 2020 To begin this second week exploring Thomas Keating’s final poems, I offer a basic overview of the stages of spiritual development that Thomas so authentically modeled in his life and teaching. (Sunday) All emotional drama has dropped out, since there is… Continue Reading Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two: Weekly Summary

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part One: Weekly Summary

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part One Saturday, October 24, 2020 Summary: Sunday, October 18—Friday, October 23, 2020 I believe Thomas Keating showed great courage in heeding the call of the Second Vatican Council, “opening the windows” of the monastery, and offering Centering Prayer to the world. (Sunday) In this season of planetary upheaval, Thomas… Continue Reading Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part One: Weekly Summary

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