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Blessed Are Those Who Hunger for Justice

Sermon on the Mount: Week 1 Blessed Are Those Who Hunger for Justice Friday, February 2, 2018 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice: they shall have their fill. —Matthew 5:6 This Beatitude is surely both spiritual and social. Most Bibles to this day soften this Beatitude: “hunger and thirst for what is… Continue Reading Blessed Are Those Who Hunger for Justice

Nonviolence: Weekly Summary

Nonviolence Summary: Sunday, September 17-Friday, September 22, 2017 I sense the urgency of the Holy Spirit, with 7.5 billion humans now on the planet at the same time. Our future is either nonviolent or there is no future at all. (Sunday) The root of violence is the illusion of separation—from God, from Being itself, from… Continue Reading Nonviolence: Weekly Summary

Beloved Children of God

Nonviolence Beloved Children of God Thursday, September 21, 2017 Because it is crucial to our understanding of nonviolence, let me repeat: The root of violence is the illusion of separation—from God, from Being itself, from being somehow one with everyone and everything. Most of our conflicts arise from a very fragile sense of the self.… Continue Reading Beloved Children of God

Prophets: Weekly Summary

Prophets Summary: Sunday, September 10-Friday, September 15, 2017 Honest and humble self-critical thinking is necessary to see one’s own shadow and usually well-hidden narcissism. Only when I encounter my shadow do I realize that my biggest problem is me! (Sunday) The dualistic mind presumes that if you criticize something, you don’t love it.  Wise people… Continue Reading Prophets: Weekly Summary

Offering Hope

Prophets Offering Hope Friday, September 15, 2017 Today, John Dear offers six more qualities of a true prophet. Click here to read the first six characteristics. Seventh, a prophet confronts the status quo. With the prophet, there is no sitting back. The powerful are challenged, empires resisted, systemic injustices exposed. Prophets vigorously rock the leaky… Continue Reading Offering Hope

Signs of a Prophet

Prophets Signs of a Prophet Thursday, September 14, 2017 Over the next few days I’d like to share thoughts from my friend, author and peace activist John Dear, who lives here in New Mexico. I believe he has been a prophet of nonviolence for many, many people. John offers twelve signs to help us identify… Continue Reading Signs of a Prophet

The Path of Descent

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 The Path of Descent Wednesday, June 21, 2017 Jesus himself taught and exemplified the path of descent, which Christians have often called “the way of the cross.” The path downward is much more trustworthy than any path upward, which tends to feed the ego. Like few other Christians, it was Francis… Continue Reading The Path of Descent

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