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Tag Archives: Mystery

Included from the Beginning

Unveiling the Universal Christ Included from the Beginning Monday, August 23, 2021 Our Living School faculty member, the Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes, understands the Universal Christ as a grand revelation of love at the foundation of the Universe. She says: There is so much to be gained if we allow the life space to unveil… Continue Reading Included from the Beginning

Unveiling the Great (Christ) Mystery

Unveiling the Universal Christ Unveiling the Great (Christ) Mystery Sunday, August 22, 2021 This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their… Continue Reading Unveiling the Great (Christ) Mystery

Finding God in the Arts: Weekly Summary

Finding God in the Arts Saturday, August 21, 2021 Week Thirty-Three Summary and Practice Sunday, August 15—Friday, August 20, 2021 Sunday Until we can experience each thing in its specific “thisness,” as artists so often do, we will not easily experience the joy and freedom of Divine Presence. Monday Beholding happens when we stop trying… Continue Reading Finding God in the Arts: Weekly Summary

Good Grief

Everybody Grieves Good Grief Wednesday, August 4, 2021 When someone you love very much dies, the sky falls. And so you walk around under a fallen sky. —Mirabai Starr, Caravan of No Despair My dear friend Mirabai Starr has suffered many losses in her life, including that of her fourteen-year-old daughter Jenny, which Mirabai writes… Continue Reading Good Grief

God is Right Here

Crisis Contemplation God is Right Here Friday, July 30, 2021 God is not out only “out there.” This week’s meditations have explored how God is radically “right here,” even in times of crisis. Just as it was hard to see the divine image in Jesus, it is hard to see it in ordinary people like… Continue Reading God is Right Here

A Tree of Life

Doorways to Christian Contemplation A Tree of Life Sunday, July 11, 2021 Anyone familiar with my writing knows that I believe that immediate, unmediated contact with the moment is the clearest path to divine union. Naked, undefended, and nondual presence has the best chance of encountering the Real Presence. I approach the theme of contemplation… Continue Reading A Tree of Life

Gazing on the Crucified Jesus

Trauma and Healing Gazing on the Crucified Jesus Friday, May 7, 2021 Those who “gaze upon” the crucified Jesus (John 19:37) long enough—with contemplative eyes—are always healed at deep levels of pain, unforgiveness, aggression, and victimhood. It demands no theological education at all, just an “inner exchange” by receiving the image within and offering one’s… Continue Reading Gazing on the Crucified Jesus

The Wisdom of the Passion

Scapegoating and the Cross The Wisdom of the Passion Thursday, April 1, 2021 Holy Thursday CAC teacher Cynthia Bourgeault invites us to consider the meaning of the passion from a wisdom perspective, not as a spectator watching what Jesus did, but understanding what each of us is called to do: The passion is really the… Continue Reading The Wisdom of the Passion

Prophetic Imagination: Weekly Summary

Prophetic Imagination Saturday, March 27, 2021 Week Twelve Summary and Practice March 21—March 26, 2021 Sunday Moses had the prescience and courage to move the place of hearing God outside and at a distance from the court of common religious and civic opinion—this was the original genius that inspired the entire Jewish prophetic tradition. Monday… Continue Reading Prophetic Imagination: Weekly Summary

Unknowing: Weekly Summary

Unknowing Saturday, February 6, 2021 Week Five Summary and Practice Sunday, January 31—Friday, February 5, 2021 Sunday The formal theological terms for unknowing and knowing are the apophatic or “negative” way, where you move beyond words and images into silence, and the kataphatic or “affirmative” way, where you use words, concepts, and images. Monday Perplexity,… Continue Reading Unknowing: Weekly Summary

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