Tag Archives: Love

Go Deep in One Place

Thisness Go Deep in One Place Wednesday, March 21, 2018 Franciscan philosopher-theologian John Duns Scotus’ idea of “thisness” mirrors Jesus leaving the ninety-nine sheep and going after the one (Luke 15:4). And, just like Jesus, Duns Scotus holds that precious, irreplaceable “one” fully inside a “commonwealth” or community, the Body of Christ. Duns Scotus does… Continue Reading Go Deep in One Place

75 Years of Life

Thisness 75 Years of Life Tuesday, March 20, 2018 (Spring Equinox) I was born 75 years ago today. I know 75 is a somewhat arbitrary number, yet our culture has assigned it some significance. CAC staff encouraged me to share my journey, and they sifted through old photo albums to illustrate my very human path.… Continue Reading 75 Years of Life

Irreplaceable “Thisness”

Thisness Irreplaceable “Thisness” Sunday, March 18, 2018 Each mortal thing does one thing and the same; Deals out that being indoors each one dwells; Selves—goes itself; myself it speaks and spells, Crying what I do is me: for that I came. —Gerard Manley Hopkins [1] Franciscan philosopher-theologian Blessed John Duns Scotus (1266-1308) taught extensively on… Continue Reading Irreplaceable “Thisness”

The Universe Is Love

Creation: Week 2 The Universe Is Love Thursday, February 22, 2018 The future can exist only when we understand the universe as composed of subjects to be communed with, not as objects to be exploited. —Thomas Berry [1] Cynthia Bourgeault, a faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation, writes about how the ancient… Continue Reading The Universe Is Love

In Imitation of God

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 In Imitation of God Tuesday, January 23, 2018 Theologian and New Testament scholar Marcus Borg (1942-2015) significantly contributed to our new understanding of Jesus in his historical and cultural context. Today I’d like to share Borg’s insights on how Jesus pursued the imitatio dei (imitation of God) as his life’s… Continue Reading In Imitation of God

God Is Merciful and Gracious

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 God Is Merciful and Gracious Monday, January 22, 2018 Most people naturally feel that God must be pleased and placated. The isolated ego cannot imagine infinite and gratuitous love. Until we receive the Gospel on a cellular level, the little mind processes reality in some form of “tit for tat.”… Continue Reading God Is Merciful and Gracious

At-One-Ment, Not Atonement

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 2 At-One-Ment, Not Atonement Sunday, January 21, 2018 The common reading of the Bible is that Jesus “died for our sins”—either to pay a debt to the devil (common in the first millennium) or to pay a debt to God (proposed by Anselm of Canterbury, 1033-1109). Franciscan philosopher and theologian John… Continue Reading At-One-Ment, Not Atonement

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 Summary

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, January 14-Friday, January 19, 2018 Simply put, God reveals God’s self to us through what unfolds as our life, along with every visible thing around us. (Sunday) In Jesus, God was given a face and a heart. God became someone we could love. (Monday) How we see Jesus… Continue Reading Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 Summary

To Know God Is to Love God

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 To Know God Is to Love God Friday, January 19, 2018 Jesus was a person radically centered in God, empowered by that relationship, and filled with God’s passion for the world—a passion that led to his execution and vindication. —Marcus Borg [1] Once the guiding vision of the Realm/Reign/Kingdom of… Continue Reading To Know God Is to Love God

Love Needs a Face

Jesus of Nazareth: Week 1 Love Needs a Face Monday, January 15, 2018 It was probably St. Francis of Assisi (c. 1182-1226) who first brought attention to the humanity of Jesus within organized Christianity. During its first thousand years, the Church was mainly concerned with proving that Jesus was God. Prior to St. Francis, paintings… Continue Reading Love Needs a Face

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