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Being One with the Other

Alternative Community Being One with the Other Thursday, June 4, 2020 It would seem that, quite possibly, the ultimate measure of health in any community might well reside in our ability to stand in awe at what folks have to carry rather than in judgment at how they carry it. —Gregory Boyle Homeboy Industries may… Continue Reading Being One with the Other

The Five Conversions

Solidarity The Five Conversions Monday, May 25, 2020 If one of the primary markers of a Christian life is solidarity as modeled by Jesus, I am afraid that most of us still have a long way to go. It’s one of the reasons I say that Christianity is still in its infancy. We are just… Continue Reading The Five Conversions

Invitation to Solidarity

Solidarity Invitation to Solidarity Sunday, May 24, 2020 Throughout human history, countless people have been poor, vulnerable, or oppressed in some way. Those holding positions of authority within systems of power secure their own privilege, comfort, and wealth—almost always at the expense of those most on the margins. Much of history has been recorded to… Continue Reading Invitation to Solidarity

A Community in Transition

Community A Community in Transition Sunday, May 3, 2020 Over the past few years, the Center for Action and Contemplation has been in a time of significant transition. For thirty-two years, CAC staff and volunteers have fostered the development of a global community while wonderfully supporting, amplifying, and communicating my preaching and teaching around the… Continue Reading A Community in Transition

Knowing from the Bottom

Ways of Knowing Knowing from the Bottom
 Monday, 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… Continue Reading Knowing from the Bottom

To Know Thee More Clearly

Ways of Knowing To Know Thee More Clearly
 Sunday, 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… 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

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