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Tag Archives: nature

A Sacramental Universe

Francis and the Animals A Sacramental Universe Wednesday, October 6, 2021 Richard shares how Francis responded to the rising tide of “consumer” culture, which Francis’ father was fully engaged in as a wealthy merchant. Francis refused to be a “user” of reality—buying and selling it to personal advantage (the I-it relationship). In fact, that is… Continue Reading A Sacramental Universe

Living Inside God’s Great Story: Weekly Summary

Living Inside God’s Great Story Saturday, September 4, 2021 Week Thirty-Five Summary and Practice Sunday, August 29—Friday, September 3, 2021 Sunday I would gather my siblings and neighborhood friends and have them sit on a bench in the backyard. I would hold my penny catechism upside down since I couldn’t read yet, and I would… Continue Reading Living Inside God’s Great Story: Weekly Summary

The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love

Living Inside God’s Great Story The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love Thursday, September 2, 2021 Brian McLaren grew up, as I did, in a very religious home, where “our story” was defined by strict religious obligations, with clear insiders and outsiders. However, a mystical experience in nature opened Brian up to God’s Great Story. He… Continue Reading The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love

Unveiling the Universal Christ: Weekly Summary

Unveiling the Universal Christ Saturday, August 28, 2021 Week Thirty-Four Summary and Practice Sunday, August 22—Friday, August 27, 2021 Sunday The Christ Mystery that Paul speaks of in Colossians 1 is the indwelling of the Divine Presence in everyone and everything. Monday If we can believe that we are loved just as we are and… Continue Reading Unveiling the Universal Christ: Weekly Summary

Crisis Contemplation: Weekly Summary

Crisis Contemplation Saturday, July 31, 2021 Week Thirty Summary and Practice Sunday, July 25—Friday, July 30, 2021 Sunday Living in a transitional age such as ours is scary: things are falling apart, the future is unknowable, so much doesn’t cohere or make sense. Our uncertainty is the doorway into mystery, the doorway into surrender, the… Continue Reading Crisis Contemplation: Weekly Summary

Apocalyptic Hope: Weekly Summary

Apocalyptic Hope Saturday, May 1, 2021 Week Seventeen Summary and Practice Sunday, April 25—Friday, April 30, 2021 Sunday Apocalyptic literature helps us make room for something new by clearing out the old—old ideas, old stories, old ways of thinking, especially if we’ve become overly attached to them. Monday Apocalyptic literature is not meant to strike… Continue Reading Apocalyptic Hope: Weekly Summary

The Contemplative Call to Nature: Weekly Summary

The Contemplative Call to Nature Saturday, April 24, 2021 Week Sixteen Summary and Practice Sunday, April 18—Friday, April 23, 2021 Sunday The core message of the incarnation of God in Jesus is that the Divine Presence is here, in us and in all of creation, and not only “over there” in some far-off realm. Monday… Continue Reading The Contemplative Call to Nature: Weekly Summary

One Life, One Breath

The Contemplative Call to Nature One Life, One Breath Thursday, April 22, 2021 On this Earth Day, Sherri Mitchell, a Native American attorney and sacred activist for environmental protection and human rights shares two particular terms which offer us some much-needed Indigenous wisdom and compassion. N’dilnabamuk—“all my relations.” Many people have heard Native people say… Continue Reading One Life, One Breath

The Contemplative’s Call to Nature

The Contemplative Call to Nature The Contemplative’s Call to Nature Wednesday, April 21, 2021 The monk here and now is supposed to be living the life of the new creation in which the right relation to all the rest of God’s creatures is fully restored. Hence, Desert Father stories about tame lions and all that… Continue Reading The Contemplative’s Call to Nature

Grieving the Trees

The Contemplative Call to Nature Grieving the Trees Tuesday, April 20, 2021 Love and grief go hand in hand. Sometimes it is the deep grief we feel during loss that awakens us to the depth and sincerity of our love. As we witness the many ways the earth has been exploited and damaged beyond repair… Continue Reading Grieving the Trees

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