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The Great Chain of Being

Nature, Cosmos, and Connection The Great Chain of Being Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Francis would call creatures, no matter how small, by the name of “brother” or “sister,” because he knew they shared with him the same beginning. —Bonaventure, The Life of Blessed Francis I would like to reclaim an ancient, evolving, and very Franciscan… Continue Reading The Great Chain of Being

The Kingdom as Consciousness

Jesus and the Reign of God The Kingdom as Consciousness Wednesday, November 18, 2020 In his letter to the Philippians, Paul offers a puzzling injunction to the new Christians. He writes, “Let the same mind be in you that was in Jesus Christ” (2:5). CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault explores how developing this kind of… Continue Reading The Kingdom as Consciousness

A Poetic Legacy

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part One A Poetic Legacy Monday, October 19, 2020 Can the Creator of all lure poetry out of a stone? Or cause a stirring of Divine Love in a human heart? All is possible for the Creator of all, Who loves to manifest the impossible In endless configurations. —Thomas Keating,… Continue Reading A Poetic Legacy

The Wisdom Within

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Three The Wisdom Within Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Author Valarie Kaur is a Sikh activist and civil rights lawyer who writes about social change through the metaphor of childbirth—both acts of “revolutionary love.” In her words I find a powerful description of contemplation and action, of how we endure the pain… Continue Reading The Wisdom Within

Only Emptiness Is Prepared for Fullness

Trinity: Part Two Only Emptiness Is Prepared for Fullness Sunday, May 12, 2019 In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus: His state was divine, yet he did not cling to his equality with God but emptied himself. —Philippians 2:5-7 Could this first stanza from one of the earliest hymns of the… Continue Reading Only Emptiness Is Prepared for Fullness

Living Fully

Dying Before You Die Living Fully Wednesday, April 3, 2019 Those who follow life to where it resides in the heart live life fully. —Stephen Levine [1] In the last few decades, I’ve faced my own mortality on several occasions through cancer and a heart attack. Each time I’ve experienced an outpouring of love and… Continue Reading Living Fully

Upgrading Our Operating System

Jesus: Wisdom Teacher Upgrading Our Operating System Thursday, January 17, 2019 Guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault continues exploring Jesus as a wisdom teacher. I would like to reflect on this idea of Jesus as a master of consciousness from a slightly different angle with the help of a contemporary computer metaphor: We… Continue Reading Upgrading Our Operating System

The Unconscious

Contemplation: Week 1 The Unconscious Friday, December 14, 2018 Feast Day of St. John of the Cross Both Jesus and Paul love to use the subtle metaphor of leaven or yeast. Paul says that we should “Throw out the old yeast and make ourselves into a totally new batch of bread” (see 1 Corinthians 5:7).… Continue Reading The Unconscious

The God Particle

Unknowing: Week 2 The God Particle Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Rick Hocker, a friend and author of the delightful allegory Four in the Garden, recently shared this reflection with me. I hope it will give you a taste of the “unknowing” experience I am trying to describe. And even for those who seek, God often… Continue Reading The God Particle

Ascent and Descent

Unknowing: Week 1 Ascent and Descent Wednesday, October 3, 2018 When it says, “He went up,” it must mean that he first went down to the deepest levels of the earth . . . to fill all things. —Ephesians 4:9-10 Philosophies and religions are either Ascenders, pointing us upward (toward the One, the Eternal, and… Continue Reading Ascent and Descent

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