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The Franciscan Vision

Joy and Hope The Franciscan Vision Monday, November 26, 2018 St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio (1217–1274) took Francis and Clare’s practical lifestyle to the level of theology, philosophy, and worldview. Unlike many theologians of his time, Bonaventure paid little attention to fire and brimstone, sin, merit, justification, or atonement. His vision is positive, mystic, cosmic, intimately… Continue Reading The Franciscan Vision

The Joy of the Gospel

Joy and Hope The Joy of the Gospel Sunday, November 25, 2018 I believe that St. Francis is the example par excellence of care for the vulnerable and of an integral ecology lived out joyfully and authentically. . . . [He] was deeply loved for his joy, his generous self-giving, his open-heartedness. —Pope Francis [1]… Continue Reading The Joy of the Gospel

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

Taoism and Buddhism: Weekly Summary

Taoism and Buddhism Summary: Sunday, August 19-Friday, August 24, 2018 The classic Tao Te Ching . . . reveals how both action and contemplation are paths to experiencing harmony, peace, and unity amidst diversity. —Lama Surya Das (Sunday) At first light, Siddhartha turned and looked at the day star with awakened eyes, as the Buddha—meaning… Continue Reading Taoism and Buddhism: Weekly Summary

Joy Unspeakable

Art: Week 2 Joy Unspeakable Wednesday, May 23, 2018 Last week I shared reflections from our CONSPIRE 2018 presenter Barbara Holmes on art that ordinarily has not been considered “sacred” by Western culture. Over the next few days I’d like to share more of her insights on music from African American culture and the black… Continue Reading Joy Unspeakable

Joy

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 Joy Sunday, June 11, 2017 Despite many legitimate reasons for discouragement, Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) was known as a man of deep and abiding joy. He knew that after all was done and undone, he was still “the herald of the Great King.” Francis told his friars that it was their… Continue Reading Joy

Truth is One

Simplicity Truth is One Monday, October 3, 2016 Thomas R. Kelly (1893-1941), a Quaker missionary, wrote a slender spiritual classic called A Testament of Devotion. I will quote him at length, and you will see another example of perennial wisdom. We are obviously being taught by the One Spirit. Here is Kelly’s powerful description of… Continue Reading Truth is One

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