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The Wisdom of Presence

Self-Emptying The Wisdom of Presence Thursday, December 17, 2020 We empty ourselves to let the divine flood us with love. We are empty so we may be full. —Beverly Lanzetta It seems that one of the most difficult lessons for us to learn is that knowledge is not the same as wisdom. Even sincere spiritual… Continue Reading The Wisdom of Presence

Relationship

Contemplation: Week 1 Relationship Tuesday, December 11, 2018 The contemplative potential . . . is the capacity to gradually unfold into intimacy with God. God is relationship: a relationship that has no end and unlimited possibilities. —Thomas Keating [1] Christian contemplation is never simply meditation on something but is necessarily the deepening of relationship with… Continue Reading Relationship

The Challenge and Opportunity in Relationship

Love: Week 2 The Challenge and Opportunity in Relationship Monday, November 5, 2018 I think most people are called to marriage because we need at least one other person to be like a mirror for us, to reflect our best self—and our worst self—in a way that we can receive. The interesting thing about a… Continue Reading The Challenge and Opportunity in Relationship

Self-Giving

Love: Week 1 Self-Giving Thursday, November 1, 2018 All Saints’ Day Divine love is compassionate, tender, luminous, totally self-giving, seeking no reward, unifying everything. —Thomas Keating [1] Every act of complete self-giving in the name of the fullness, even though you feel like you are isolated, ignored, unconnected, and meaningless, connects you immediately and becomes… Continue Reading Self-Giving

The Face of the Others

Love: Week 1 The Face of the Others Wednesday, October 31, 2018 In Jesus, God gave us a human heart we could love. While God can be described as a moral force, as consciousness, and as high vibrational energy, the truth is, we don’t (or can’t?) fall in love with abstractions. So God became a… Continue Reading The Face of the Others

Primal and Indigenous Spirituality: Weekly Summary

Primal and Indigenous Spirituality Summary: Sunday, August 5-Friday, August 10, 2018 I want to emphasize contemplative insights and practices that help us heal our sense of separation and isolation, experience connection and community, and awaken a sense of responsibility for all beings. (Sunday) Even in early, primal religion, we can see the idea of this… Continue Reading Primal and Indigenous Spirituality: Weekly Summary

Mary Magdalene

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Mary Magdalene Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Today I’ll offer a glimpse into Cynthia Bourgeault’s deep study of Mary Magdalene. Cynthia draws from the unfortunately named “Gnostic” gospels of Mary, Thomas, and Philip. Even though these texts are not part of the biblical canon, I believe they offer wisdom deeper than… Continue Reading Mary Magdalene

Union: The Foundation and Goal

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Union: The Foundation and Goal Monday, April 23, 2018 We two being one, are it. –John Donne [1] Even as we acknowledge the sacredness of gender and sex, we also need to realize that there’s something deeper than our gender, anatomy, or physical passion: our ontological self, who we are… Continue Reading Union: The Foundation and Goal

In Pursuit of Sexual Justice

Gender and Sexuality: Week 1 In Pursuit of Sexual Justice Friday, April 20, 2018 If you’re paying any attention to the news, no doubt you’ve noticed a dramatic shift over the past several decades in how our culture views human sexuality. As we’ve mentioned this week, gender and sexuality are fluid concepts, so it’s only… Continue Reading In Pursuit of Sexual Justice

Purity and Passion

God as Us: Week 2 Purity and Passion Monday, November 13, 2017 I want to say a little about purity and about passion. What I mean by purity is singleness of heart, when the head and the heart are working together in a way that allows you to see wholeness, to see from your True… Continue Reading Purity and Passion

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