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Knowing from the Bottom

Ways of Knowing Knowing from the BottomMonday, February 10, 2020  The vast majority of people throughout history have been poor, disabled, or oppressed in some way (i.e., “on the bottom”) and would have read history in terms of a need for change, but most of history has been written and interpreted from the side of the winners. The unique exception is the revelation called the Bible,… Continue Reading Knowing from the Bottom

To Know Thee More Clearly

Ways of Knowing To Know Thee More ClearlySunday, February 9, 2020  O most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother, May I know Thee more clearly, Love Thee more dearly, And follow Thee more nearly.  —St. Richard, Bishop of Chichester (1197–1253) [1]  Ways of knowing are inseparable from human existence. As Paula D’Arcy says, “God comes to us disguised as our lives.” While Christians emphasize Tradition and/or Scripture as sources of truth, I… Continue Reading To Know Thee More Clearly

A Minority Position

Alternative Orthodoxy A Minority Position Tuesday, February 4, 2020 The best criticism of the bad is the practice of the better. Oppositional energy only creates more of the same. One of the Center for Action & Contemplation’s Eight Core Principles [1]   Throughout history, the Franciscan School has typically been a minority position inside of the Roman Catholic… Continue Reading A Minority Position

A Strange New World

Ways of Knowing A Strange New World Tuesday, October 15, 2019 I grew up relatively sheltered in my Kansas home and in Catholic schools. However, over the years, life has provided me with countless opportunities to meet people whose different experiences and understandings have opened unseen doors and enriched my knowing. Moving out of our… Continue Reading A Strange New World

Christianity in the Desert

Early Christianity Christianity in the Desert Wednesday, September 5, 2018 For too long, little or no honor has been paid to those who have laid the foundations in Africa for the preservation of Christianity throughout the world. . . . [T]he roots and headwaters for this monastic flourishing had their source in African soil. Unfortunately,… Continue Reading Christianity in the Desert

Be Peace and Justice

Justice: Week 2 Be Peace and Justice Monday, June 18, 2018 Yesterday I shared how far Christianity has strayed from Jesus’ vision of justice, even though his teaching was crystal clear. Francis (1182-1226) and Clare (1194-1253) of Assisi understood his message and modeled a similar agenda: a simple lifestyle outside the system of production and… Continue Reading Be Peace and Justice

Evolution: Weekly Summary

Evolution Summary: Sunday, February 25-March, 2, 2018 God seems to have created things that continue to create and recreate themselves from the inside out. A fully incarnate God creates through evolution. (Sunday) The Christ Mystery is still “groaning in one great act of giving birth . . . as we ourselves groan inwardly, waiting for… Continue Reading Evolution: Weekly Summary

See, Look, Pay Attention

God as Us: Week 2 See, Look, Pay Attention Thursday, November 16, 2017 Tim Shriver, Chair of Special Olympics and a dear friend, works with many people whom our culture excludes or disregards. Through their eyes he has come to see God’s presence in every human being. As you read Tim’s words, imagine how you… Continue Reading See, Look, Pay Attention

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 Summary

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 Summary: Sunday, June 18-Friday, June 23, 2017 The Franciscan philosopher and theologian Bonaventure teaches that to really see things, we must “consider all material things in their origin, their process, and their end.” Everything comes from God, exemplifies God, and then returns to God. (Sunday) John Duns Scotus’ idea of the… Continue Reading Franciscan Spirituality: Week 3 Summary

Solidarity

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 1 Solidarity Thursday, June 8, 2017 Francis went beyond voluntary poverty in his effort to find a way out of the world of comparison, competition, greed, and the violence that comes with it. He also felt that he had to live in close proximity to and even solidarity with the excluded ones… Continue Reading Solidarity

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