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Tag Archives: Jesus

The Body of Christ

Trinity: Week 2 The Body of Christ Thursday, March 9, 2017 A Trinitarian person in formation is someone being freed of narcissism’s chains. A partner in the divine dance is someone who agrees to stand in the mutual relationship that God is—the relationship that God has already and gratuitously drawn us into. As Lay Cistercian Read More »

The Nature of Being

Trinity: Week 1 The Nature of Being Wednesday, March 1, 2017 We need to reshape our image of God. Most of us begin with some notion of God as a Being, and then we discover through Jesus that such a Being is loving. The Trinitarian revelation instead starts with the nature of loving—and this is Read More »

Awakening to Oneness

Meditation Awakening to Oneness Monday, February 20, 2017 Guest writer and CAC teacher James Finley continues to share insights on meditation (another word for contemplative prayer). We begin in ego consciousness, imagining that the union with God we seek is far off. After all, ego consciousness is the subjective perception of being a separate self Read More »

The Dualistic Mind

Dualistic and Nondual Thinking The Dualistic Mind Sunday, January 29, 2017 If we are trying to rebuild Christianity from the bottom up, we need to try to understand Jesus, the one who began it all (even though he probably never intended to start a new religion). I am convinced that Jesus was the first nondual Read More »

Scripture: Weekly Summary

Scripture Summary: Sunday, January 8-Friday, January 13, 2017 Scripture as validated by experience and experience as validated by Tradition are good scales for one’s spiritual worldview. (Sunday) The Bible is the best book in the world and the worst book in the world. It is the worst when it is used for bullying and self-justification; Read More »

How Jesus Interpreted Scripture

Scripture How Jesus Interpreted Scripture Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Biblical messages often proceed from historical incidents, but the actual message does not depend upon communicating those events with perfect factual accuracy. Any good writer knows that! Spiritual writers are not primarily journalists. Hebrew rabbis and scholars sometimes used an approach called midrash in which they Read More »

Original Blessing

From the Bottom Up: Introduction Original Blessing Wednesday, January 4, 2017 As we rebuild Christianity from the bottom up, let’s start “in the beginning” with the very first chapter of the Bible, Genesis 1. The first image in the Judeo-Christian Bible reveals a creative, compassionate God: “God’s Spirit hovered over the water” (Genesis 1:2). The Read More »

The Greatest Commandments

Love Summary for the Year: Week 2 The Greatest Commandments Wednesday, December 27, 2016 (Feast of John the Beloved) Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way Read More »

Changing the Game

Love Summary for the Year: Week 2 Changing the Game Monday, December 26, 2016 (Feast of St. Stephen) Today I encourage you to read the account of the death of Stephen (Acts 7:58-60). Stephen, the proto-martyr of Christianity, has become a new Jesus, which is henceforth the only and never-ending goal. Jesus and Stephen state Read More »

The Continual Incarnation

On this Christmas day, all of us at the Center for Action and Contemplation pray you may know the deep love of God that surpasses understanding. The story of Jesus’ birth reveals what is too simple and profound for us to comprehend: God is with us, even in our pain. In this 8-minute video, I Read More »

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