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The Power of the Black Madonna

I call Her the Sacred Black Feminine. She is the God who is with and for Black women because She is a Black woman. Continue Reading The Power of the Black Madonna

Feminine Symbols for God

Although Jesus was a man, the Christ is beyond gender. Continue Reading Feminine Symbols for God

The Poverty of Christmas

There’s really nothing necessarily pretty about the first Christmas. Continue Reading The Poverty of Christmas

Loving Mother of the Americas

People turn to Our Lady of Guadalupe for a reminder of what grace may yet be available when we meet fear with love. Continue Reading Loving Mother of the Americas

Mystical Hope: Weekly Summary

Mystical Hope Saturday, December 11, 2021 Week Forty-Nine Summary and Practice Sunday, December 5, 2021—Friday, December 10, 2021 Sunday Hope is the patient and trustful willingness to live without full closure, without resolution, and still be content and even happy because our satisfaction is now at another level, and our Source is beyond ourselves. —Richard… Continue Reading Mystical Hope: Weekly Summary

A Lifetime Commitment

Giving Birth to Christ A Lifetime Commitment Wednesday, December 9, 2020 My dear friend Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I. reminds us that giving birth spiritually is a dynamic and creative process. To bring Christ into the world involves an ongoing commitment to growth, to discomfort, to love, and to surrender. It is not for the faint of… Continue Reading A Lifetime Commitment

Receiving the Gift

Giving Birth to Christ Receiving the Gift Tuesday, December 8, 2020 Why, from the earliest centuries, have Christian people been so excited about Mary? What’s happening in the depths of our soul when we hear her story? Surely it must be about more than the miracle of the virgin birth. As Benedictine oblate, author, and… Continue Reading Receiving the Gift

The DNA of Creation

Giving Birth to Christ The DNA of Creation Sunday, December 6, 2020 Second Sunday of Advent We Franciscans believe that the first coming of “the Christ” is in creation itself. The Franciscan philosopher and theologian John Duns Scotus (1266‒1308), whom I studied for four years, wrote that “God first wills Christ as his supreme work.”… Continue Reading The DNA of Creation

“Mothering” God

Incarnation “Mothering” God Wednesday, December 25, 2019 Christmas, Feast of the Incarnation Here, in time, we are celebrating the eternal birth which God the Father bore and bears unceasingly in eternity, because this same birth is now born in time, in human nature. St. Augustine says, “What does it avail me that this birth is… Continue Reading “Mothering” God

Our Blessed Mother

Feminine Incarnation Our Blessed Mother Wednesday, June 12, 2019 Clarissa Pinkola Estés has spent many years gathering and sharing stories of the Divine Feminine across cultures and religions. In her book Untie the Strong Woman she helps us connect with the Holy Mother’s comfort, guidance, and vision. Read Estés’ words through your heart center more… Continue Reading Our Blessed Mother

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