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The Universal Christ

Alternative Orthodoxy The Universal Christ
 Thursday, February 6, 2020 Grace had already been granted to us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, and now it has been revealed to us in the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus. —2 Timothy 1:9-10 It seems we only give attention to that which we are told to give attention. The Franciscan alternative orthodoxy has… Continue Reading The Universal Christ

Love: The Highest Form of Knowing

Knowing and Not Knowing Love: The Highest Form of Knowing
 Friday, January 31, 2020 My good friend, Franciscan sister and scientist Ilia Delio, has written a wonderful autobiography. In it she recounts how her parents decided to name her Denise. (She would have been named Denis had she been a boy.) Later in life, she was delighted to find a… Continue Reading Love: The Highest Form of Knowing

All Spiritual Knowing Must Be Balanced by Not-Knowing

Knowing and Not Knowing All Spiritual Knowing Must Be Balanced by Not-Knowing
 Monday, January 27, 2020 It is amazing how religion has turned the biblical idea of faith around 180 degrees—into a need and even a right to certain knowing, complete predictability, and perfect assurance about whom and what God likes or doesn’t like. Why… Continue Reading All Spiritual Knowing Must Be Balanced by Not-Knowing

Changing Places

Art: Old and New Changing Places Friday, November 15, 2019 There must be a way to be both here and in the depth of here. Jesus is here. Christ is the depth of here. This, in my mind, is the essence of incarnation and the gift of contemplation. We must learn to love and enjoy… Continue Reading Changing Places

Fallow Time

Art: Old and New Fallow Time Tuesday, November 12, 2019 When speaking of art, we most often think of the finished product whether it be a painting, a drawing, a performance, a sculpture, a poem, or another expression of creativity. Today, I invite you to consider the evolving process of creation as described by my… Continue Reading Fallow Time

A Mighty Something

Cosmology: Part One A Mighty Something Wednesday, August 28, 2019 Most people believe that physicists are explaining the world. . . . They are only dancing with it. —Gary Zukav [1] How do we know what is real? I’m sure you’ve heard the story of a group of people who are blind describing an elephant,… Continue Reading A Mighty Something

Cultivating Mysticism

Interspiritual Mystics Cultivating Mysticism Thursday, August 8, 2019 Deep down, each one of us is a mystic. When we tap into that energy we become alive again and we give birth. From the creativity that we release is born the prophetic vision and work that we all aspire to realize as our gift to the… Continue Reading Cultivating Mysticism

Goodness of God

Introduction to Christian Mysticism Goodness of God Thursday, July 18, 2019 Spiritual director and author Carl McColman explores the etymology of the word “mystic” and the difference between a saint and a mystic. Carl is a wise and holy man still among us. The Greek root for mystic and mysticism is mueo, which means to… Continue Reading Goodness of God

Experiential Knowing

Introduction to Christian Mysticism Experiential Knowing Monday, July 15, 2019 When I use the word “mystical” I am referring to experiential knowing instead of just intellectual, textbook, or dogmatic knowing. A mystic sees things in their wholeness, connection, and union, not only their particularity. Mystics get a whole gestalt in one picture, beyond the sequential… Continue Reading Experiential Knowing

She Is Love

Feminine Incarnation She Is Love Thursday, June 13, 2019 Why not? Why not pretend for now that the Absolute (the Great Mystery, the Ground of Being) sometimes expresses itself in the body of woman? Pretending God’s a dude hasn’t exactly worked out for the vast majority of the human family, let alone the animal and… Continue Reading She Is Love

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