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Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross: Weekly Summary

Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross Summary: Sunday, April 19 — Friday, April 24, 2020 Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross were part of the “final supernova” of nondual, mystical consciousness in 16th century Spain. (Sunday) Our hearts open either because they have been softened, or perhaps because suffering makes us… Continue Reading Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross: Weekly Summary

Ways of Knowing: Weekly Summary

Ways of Knowing Sunday, February 9–Friday, February 14, 2020 God calls us to “not conform to the pattern of the world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds” through relationship with those who see differently than we do (see Romans 12:2). (Sunday) The vast majority of people throughout history have been poor, disabled,… Continue Reading Ways of Knowing: Weekly Summary

Summary: An Evolving Faith: Weekly Summary

Summary: An Evolving Faith Summary: Sunday, December 29, 2019—Friday, January 3, 2020 God keeps creating things from the inside out, so they are forever evolving, yearning, developing, growing, and changing for the good. (Sunday) For me, a true comprehension of the full Christ Mystery is the key to the foundational reform of the Christian religion.… Continue Reading Summary: An Evolving Faith: Weekly Summary

Expressions of Divine Love

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part Two Expressions of Divine Love Wednesday, December 18, 2019 Step Eleven: Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out. [1] In his book Addiction and Grace, psychiatrist Gerald May (1940–2005)—who was… Continue Reading Expressions of Divine Love

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One: Weekly Summary

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One Summary: Sunday, December 8—Friday, December 13, 2019 Twelve-Step spirituality rediscovered the real transformative power that is the core of the Gospel. (Sunday) I believe that Jesus and the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are saying the same thing but with different vocabulary: We suffer to get well. We surrender to win.… Continue Reading Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One: Weekly Summary

Help from a Higher Power

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One Help from a Higher Power Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Step Two: Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. [1] Yes, we are carrying our own death warrant with us, but it is teaching us not to rely on ourselves, but on a God whose… Continue Reading Help from a Higher Power

A Big Experiment

The Perennial Tradition A Big Experiment Friday, August 16, 2019 Rami Shapiro, a rabbi, teacher, and author on Judaism and spirituality reflects on the enriching, powerful experience of interspiritual dialogue initiated by Fr. Thomas Keating (1923–2018). In 1984 Father Thomas Keating invited a small group of contemplatives from eight different religious traditions—Buddhist, Hindu, Jewish, Islamic,… Continue Reading A Big Experiment

Dying to Ego’s Delusions

Dying Before You Die Dying to Ego’s Delusions Tuesday, April 2, 2019 Dying to the false self before our physical death allows us to be reborn as our more authentic and soulful selves. Today James Finley, one of CAC’s core faculty members, reflects on how hard it is for our ego to surrender to the… Continue Reading Dying to Ego’s Delusions

Jesus and the Cross: Weekly Summary

Jesus and the Cross Summary: Sunday, February 3-Friday, February 8, 2019 Unfortunately, with the widespread acceptance of the substitutionary atonement theory, salvation became a one-time transactional affair between Jesus and his Father, instead of an ongoing transformational lesson for the human soul and for all of history. (Sunday) Christianity’s vision of God was a radical… Continue Reading Jesus and the Cross: Weekly Summary

Sustaining Awareness

Contemplation: Week 2 Sustaining Awareness Thursday, December 20, 2018 As we saw yesterday, there are many forms of contemplative practice. CAC faculty member James Finley describes how meditation—another name for contemplation—is simply any practice that opens us up to Presence: There is something about simply sitting still, quietly attentive to your breathing, that tends to… Continue Reading Sustaining Awareness

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