Tag Archives: Luke 18:9-14

Big Love

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 Big Love Friday, July 22, 2016 We can’t seem to know the good news that we are God’s beloveds on our own. It has to be mirrored to us. We’re essentially social beings. Another has to tell us we are beloved and good. Within contemplative prayer, we present ourselves for the ultimate gaze, the ultimate… Continue Reading Big Love

Receiving Mercy

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 Receiving Mercy Tuesday, July 19, 2016 The French Catholic Church of Thérèse of Lisieux’s time (1873-1897) emphasized an ideal of human perfection, which took the forms of legalism and immense self-preoccupation. Yet Thérèse humbly trusted her own experience and taught the spirituality of imperfection instead. Thérèse is one of my… Continue Reading Receiving Mercy

Rediscovering the Gospel Message

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 Rediscovering the Gospel Message Monday, July 18, 2016 The spirituality of imperfection is, quite simply, the Gospel. However, in the fourth century, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. From that time on, the spirituality of imperfection—Jesus’ liberating message—became a subtext, a minority position. Once you align with imperial… Continue Reading Rediscovering the Gospel Message

The Last Will Be First

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 The Last Will Be First Sunday, July 17, 2016 The message of falling down is very counter-intuitive, yet it is found in most of the world’s religions, especially Christianity. We grow spiritually much more by doing it wrong than by doing it right. That might just be the central lesson of how… Continue Reading The Last Will Be First

Step 4: Dark Grace

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 2 Step 4: Dark Grace Wednesday, November 25, 2015 We made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. —Step 4 of the Twelve Steps Moral scrutiny is not to discover how good or bad I am and regain some moral high ground, but it is to begin some honest “shadow boxing”… Continue Reading Step 4: Dark Grace

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