Tag Archives: Jesus

Fr. Richard’s statement on the new revelations of priestly abuse and coverup

Fr. Richard’s statement on the new revelations of priestly abuse and coverup: This moral catastrophe first of all demands public and sincere lamentation from every segment of the Body of Christ, and only then can the deep healing begin.  It also demands public ownership, repentance and reform of our very immature teaching in regard to… Continue Reading Fr. Richard’s statement on the new revelations of priestly abuse and coverup

Action and Contemplation

Hinduism Action and Contemplation Friday, August 17, 2018 There are three major texts in Hinduism and Indian philosophy: The Vedas are the most ancient Sanskrit writings (as much as three to four thousand years old) containing hymns, philosophy, guidance, and rituals. The Upanishads—which means “what is learned sitting at the feet of”—are later (800-200 BCE), even… Continue Reading Action and Contemplation

Parts of a Whole

Hinduism Parts of a Whole Thursday, August 16, 2018 Several central ideas affirmed by Jesus were already formed in the ancient Hindu Vedas, then unfolded by the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. Three of these ideas are advaita, karma, and maya. The word advaita is loosely translated as “having no duality,” implying that the proper or spiritual way of understanding things… Continue Reading Parts of a Whole

The One and the Many

Perennial Tradition The One and the Many Sunday, July 29, 2018 The beauty of the world is Christ’s tender smile for us coming through matter. —Simone Weil [1] Much of our life we are trying to connect the dots, to pierce the heart of reality to see what is good, true, and beautiful for us.… Continue Reading The One and the Many

The Universal and Unifying Meal

Eucharist The Universal and Unifying Meal Thursday, July 26, 2018 The mystery of sharing food and a common table takes place on different levels. First there is the unifying idea of sharing the same food. Then there is the symbolism of the table itself: where you sit at the table, how the table is arranged,… Continue Reading The Universal and Unifying Meal

The Christian Mime

Eucharist The Christian Mime Wednesday, July 25, 2018 At his last supper, which might also have been the Jewish Passover meal, Jesus gave us an action, a mime, a sacred ritual for his community that would summarize his core and lasting message for the world—one to keep repeating until his return to hold the group… Continue Reading The Christian Mime

Real Presence

Eucharist Real Presence Tuesday, July 24, 2018 All my life as a Catholic, I have held the orthodox belief that the “Real Presence” of Christ is communicated in the bread and wine of the sacred meal (rather shockingly taught by Jesus in John 6:35-58). This is not a magical idea, but simply the mystery of… Continue Reading Real Presence

A Bigger, Inclusive Table

Eucharist A Bigger, Inclusive Table Monday, July 23, 2018 The table of bread and wine is now to be made ready. It is the table of company of Jesus, and all who love him. It is the table of sharing with the poor of the world, with whom Jesus identified himself. It is the table… Continue Reading A Bigger, Inclusive Table

The Shape of the Table

Eucharist The Shape of the Table Sunday, July 22, 2018 Our spirituality is inseparable from the way we live in the world. Over the past several weeks we’ve explored some controversial topics: justice, economics, politics. If you’re still reading, thank you for hanging in there with me! Learning and growing is not always comfortable. Whether… Continue Reading The Shape of the Table

Hope and Humility

Politics: Week 2 Hope and Humility Wednesday, July 18, 2018 At a time when our politics may seem bleak and hopeless, poet, peacemaker, minister, and scholar John Philip Newell offers us both encouragement and challenge: We live in a moment of grace. Through the hedges of our divisions we are beginning to glimpse again the… Continue Reading Hope and Humility

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