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God as Friendship

Friendship and Grace God as Friendship Friday, April 16, 2021 As I was preparing for The Shape of God conference on the Trinity in 2004, I discovered the teachings of Richard of St. Victor (1110–1173), a medieval philosopher and theologian. For years, people had been telling me, “Richard, read Richard!” So I finally did, and… Continue Reading God as Friendship

Making New Friends

Friendship and Grace Making New Friends Thursday, April 15, 2021 I’ve known CAC faculty member Brian McLaren for many years; and I deeply admire his gift for making friends through his genuine curiosity, compassion, and unconditional presence to others. In this passage, he encourages us to build relationships outside our comfortable social and religious groups.… Continue Reading Making New Friends

The Gift of Wise Friends

Friendship and Grace The Gift of Wise Friends Tuesday, April 13, 2021 As a Franciscan, I have always been curious about the fruitful friendship between Francis of Assisi and his female companion Clare. They were not lovers, yet they were deeply devoted to one another, built their orders together, and turned to one another for… Continue Reading The Gift of Wise Friends

Sacred Relationship

Friendship and Grace Sacred Relationship Monday, April 12, 2021 Depth psychologist and author David Benner has been a great source of wisdom and kindness for me over the years. He highlights how modern forms of friendship rarely become the life-giving relationships that our souls desire: The ancients viewed friendship as the crown of life, the… Continue Reading Sacred Relationship

Love and Friendship

Friendship and Grace Love and Friendship Sunday, April 11, 2021 When you looked at me your eyes imprinted your grace in me; for this you loved me ardently; and thus my eyes deserved to adore what they beheld in you. . . . Let us go forth to behold ourselves in your beauty. —John of… Continue Reading Love and Friendship

Mystical Holism

All Will Be Well Mystical Holism Friday, April 9, 2021 I am convinced that the Gospel offers us a holistic understanding of salvation. If we understand the resurrection as a universal phenomenon, we can see this idea everywhere in Pauline passages, expressed in different ways. Here are some examples: “in that one body he condemned… Continue Reading Mystical Holism

Love Revealed

All Will Be Well Love Revealed Tuesday, April 6, 2021 My dear friend Mirabai Starr, herself a mystic and author, has translated Julian’s Long Text (her second exploration of her visions) in a way that is both faithful to the original and understandable to today’s spiritual seekers. She introduces Julian’s work in this way: What… Continue Reading Love Revealed

A Pattern We Can Trust

All Will Be Well A Pattern We Can Trust Sunday, April 4, 2021 All will be well, and all will be well, and every kind of thing will be well. —Julian of Norwich, Showings, chapter 27 Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which allows faithful Christians to trust that, indeed, all will be… Continue Reading A Pattern We Can Trust

The Wisdom of the Passion

Scapegoating and the Cross The Wisdom of the Passion Thursday, April 1, 2021 Holy Thursday CAC teacher Cynthia Bourgeault invites us to consider the meaning of the passion from a wisdom perspective, not as a spectator watching what Jesus did, but understanding what each of us is called to do: The passion is really the… Continue Reading The Wisdom of the Passion

Joining the Prophetic Chorus

Prophetic Imagination Joining the Prophetic Chorus Friday, March 26, 2021 While the most well-known Hebrew prophets are presumably male, such as Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel, the Bible also contains little-known women prophets such as Deborah (Judges 4:4–5), Huldah (2 Kings 22) and Anna (mentioned in Luke 2:36). Rabbi Tikva Frymer-Kensky shares one example of this… Continue Reading Joining the Prophetic Chorus

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