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Sacred Circles

Contemplating Creation Sacred Circles Wednesday, October 13, 2021 God is an infinite sphere, whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. —Alain of Lille, The Rules of Theology Father Richard views the Trinity as a mutual “circle dance” of love and communion. Many mystics understood the circle as a more appropriate geometric shape than… Continue Reading Sacred Circles

The Dance of Life

Contemplating Creation The Dance of Life Monday, October 11, 2021 Indigenous People’s Day Father Richard views Francis of Assisi (1182–1226) as a prime example of someone who discovered within himself the universal connectedness of creation. Francis addressed animals and nature as spiritual beings who are part of reality’s harmony. [1] Today, we share wisdom about… Continue Reading The Dance of Life

Life as Participation: Weekly Summary

Life as Participation Saturday, September 11, 2021 Week Thirty-Six Summary and Practice Sunday, September 5—Friday, September 10, 2021 Sunday After transformation, God is not out there and we don’t look at reality. We look from reality. We’re in the middle of it now; we’re a part of it. This whole thing is a mystery of… Continue Reading Life as Participation: Weekly Summary

Being Instruments of God

Life as Participation Being Instruments of God Sunday, September 5, 2021 Almost twenty years ago, I gave a series of talks called Great Themes of Paul: Life as Participation, which I still think is one of the most important sets I ever made. Paul’s conversion on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:3–6) was dramatic and… Continue Reading Being Instruments of God

God’s Love Is Evolutionary

An Expanding Love God’s Love Is Evolutionary Friday, March 19, 2021 St. Joseph’s Day Ilia Delio, a Franciscan sister and scientist, and a friend, reflects on love as the heart of the universe. To see the universe through the eyes of love helps us make sense of evolution, not as a process of cold, blind… Continue Reading God’s Love Is Evolutionary

Dying as Disorder

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Two Dying as Disorder Thursday, August 20, 2020 Dying is not extraneous to life; it is a part of the mystery, and we do not understand life until we stand under death. —Richard Rohr There may be nothing more disordering than being diagnosed with a terminal or chronic illness. It upends… Continue Reading Dying as Disorder

The Divine Signature

Cosmology and Nature The Divine Signature Monday, June 22, 2020 It seems that for many people accepting the truth of science means rejecting the truth of God. Of course, it’s not an either/or proposition, but the two have been set in opposition for so long we could expect little else. There have been many religious… Continue Reading The Divine Signature

Lesson Three: Your Life Is Not About You

Reality Initiating Us: Part One Lesson Three: Your Life Is Not About You Wednesday, April 1, 2020 After any true initiating experience, we know that we are a part of a much bigger whole. Life is not about us, but we are about life. We are not our own. We are an instance of a… Continue Reading Lesson Three: Your Life Is Not About You

Living Fully

Dying Before You Die Living Fully Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Those who follow life to where it resides in the heart live life fully. —Stephen Levine [1] In the last few decades, I’ve faced my own mortality on several occasions through cancer and a heart attack. Each time I’ve experienced an outpouring of love and… Continue Reading Living Fully

Wonder

The Natural World: Week 2 Wonder Friday, March 16, 2018 Thank you Lord for all you’ve made. Thank you for the trees, flowers, butterflies, animals, and people you have created in your image. Thank you for letting me share in the joy of your beautiful creation. Your light shines bright in my heart and I… Continue Reading Wonder

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