Tag Archives: Love

Incarnation Instead of Atonement

Salvation as At-One-Ment Incarnation Instead of Atonement Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Franciscans never believed that “blood atonement” was required for God to love us. We believed that Christ was Plan A from the very beginning (Colossians 1:15-20, Ephesians 1:3-14, John 1:1-18). Christ wasn’t a Plan B after the first humans sinned, which is the way Read More »

A Nonviolent Atonement

Salvation as At-One-Ment A Nonviolent Atonement Monday, July 24, 2017 In the thirteenth century, the Franciscans and the Dominicans invariably took opposing positions in the great debates in the universities of Paris, Cologne, Bologna, and Oxford. Both opinions usually passed the tests of orthodoxy, although one was preferred. The Franciscans often ended up presenting the Read More »

Faith as Participation

Faith and Belief Faith as Participation Thursday, July 20, 2017 Many scholars have pointed out that what is usually translated in Paul’s letters as “faith in Christ” would be more accurately translated as “the faith of Christ.” It’s more than a change of prepositions. It means we are all participating—with varying degrees of resistance and consent—in the faith journey Read More »

Faith Expressed as Love

Faith and Belief Faith Expresses as Love Monday, July 17, 2017 Today Brian McLaren continues reflecting on faith and belief: We could say that Christian faith (like many other faiths) was an engine of human cultural evolution when it came on the scene. It introduced new beliefs into human consciousness that liberated millions from older Read More »

Revolutionary Contemplation

Rebuilding on a Contemplative Foundation Revolutionary Contemplation Tuesday, July 11, 2017 Today, we continue Archbishop Rowan Williams’ address to the Synod of Bishops in Rome in 2012. [Contemplation] is very far from being just one kind of thing that Christians do: it is the key to prayer, liturgy, art and ethics, the key to the Read More »

The Left Hand of God

Contemplation in Action: Week 1 The Left Hand of God Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Part of integrating the inner and the outer is looking at both sides of life clearly and honestly. We must be able to face the joy and wonder of life as well as its pain, injustice, and absurdity. I call the Read More »

Remain in Love

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 Remain in Love Monday, June 19, 2017 John Duns Scotus (c. 1266-1308) was a Franciscan philosopher and theologian who in many ways paralleled Bonaventure’s ideas. Duns Scotus helped develop the doctrine of the univocity of being. Previous philosophers said God was a Being, which is what most people still think today. Read More »

A Fountain Fullness of Love

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 A Fountain Fullness of Love Sunday, June 18, 2017 For as a human being, Christ has something in common with all creatures. With the stone he shares existence; with plants he shares life; with animals he shares sensation; and with the angels he shares intelligence. Therefore, all things are said to Read More »

The Primacy of Love

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 The Primacy of Love Tuesday, June 13, 2017 I like how my long-time friend and fellow Franciscan, John Quigley, summarizes Franciscan spirituality. He writes: It is not easy to put into a capsule the spirit and gifts of Franciscan thinking. Its hallmarks are simplicity, reverence, fraternity, ecumenism, ecology, interdependence, and dialogue. Read More »

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 1 Summary

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, June 4-Friday, June 9, 2017 For Francis of Assisi, the true “I” first had to be discovered and realigned (the prayer journey into the True Self). Then he had to experience himself situated inside of a meaning-filled cosmos (a sacramental universe). Finally, he had to be poor (to be able to Read More »

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