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Present, Open, Awake

Doorways to Christian Contemplation Present, Open, Awake Monday, July 12, 2021 My friend and CAC teacher James Finley is a true contemplative! I watch the crowds—from conferences to Living School students—settle in his presence almost immediately. He is so centered in himself and in God that he is at peace and “transmits” the message with… Continue Reading Present, Open, Awake

Accepting Evolution as Our Story

An Evolving Faith Accepting Evolution as Our Story Friday, June 4, 2021 There are few writers that I find more hopeful or exciting about the process of evolution than Franciscan Ilia Delio. She examines evolution through the lens of science, theology, technology, and personal development and reminds us that while evolving can be painful, God… Continue Reading Accepting Evolution as Our Story

Love Is the Movement; Doubt Is the Method

Unknowing Love Is the Movement; Doubt Is the Method Tuesday, February 2, 2021 Candlemas Day [1] Today Brian McLaren shares brilliantly how doubt has often been a tool of love, drawing him ever closer to the heart of God. Applying his four-fold spiritual growth process of Simplicity, Complexity, Perplexity, and Harmony to himself, Brian writes:… Continue Reading Love Is the Movement; Doubt Is the Method

The Wisdom of Presence

Self-Emptying The Wisdom of Presence Thursday, December 17, 2020 We empty ourselves to let the divine flood us with love. We are empty so we may be full. —Beverly Lanzetta It seems that one of the most difficult lessons for us to learn is that knowledge is not the same as wisdom. Even sincere spiritual… Continue Reading The Wisdom of Presence

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One: Weekly Summary

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One Saturday, August 15, 2020 Summary: Sunday, August 9—August 14, 2020 To grow toward love, union, salvation, or enlightenment, we must be moved from Order to Disorder, and then ultimately to Reorder. (Sunday) Law, tradition, and boundaries—what I call Order—seem to be necessary in any spiritual system both to reveal and… Continue Reading Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One: Weekly Summary

The Head Center

Enneagram Part Three: Head Center The Head Center Tuesday, March 10, 2020 My friend and Enneagram teacher Russ Hudson describes the Head Center, the final Intelligence Center of the Enneagram, in his own unique and “heady” way: Some of the Eastern religions, particularly Buddhism, did a very thorough investigation of the nature of the Head… Continue Reading The Head Center

The Wisdom of Contemplation

Mind, Body, Heart The Wisdom of Contemplation Wednesday, February 19, 2020 We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words. But this is only one expression. . . . Prayer is the opening of mind and heart—our whole being—to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Through grace we open our… Continue Reading The Wisdom of Contemplation

The Creative Life

Art: Old and New The Creative Life Wednesday, November 13, 2019 I’ve discussed public and even famous works of art this week, but the very process of creating art is valuable and generative, even if no one else ever sees it. Mirabai Starr reminds us of the freedom of childhood and encourages us to be… Continue Reading The Creative Life

Contemplation: Week 1 Summary

Contemplation: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, December 9-Friday, December 14, 2018 Contemplation is an exercise in openness, in keeping all three spaces open: heart, mind, and body. (Sunday) Contemplation is the highest expression of [human] intellectual and spiritual life. It is that life itself, fully awake, fully active, fully aware that it is alive. —Thomas Merton… Continue Reading Contemplation: Week 1 Summary

Open Heart, Mind, and Body

Contemplation: Week 1 Open Heart, Mind, and Body Sunday, December 9, 2018 We may think of prayer as thoughts or feelings expressed in words. But this is only one expression. . . . Prayer is the opening of mind and heart—our whole being—to God, the Ultimate Mystery, beyond thoughts, words, and emotions. Through grace we… Continue Reading Open Heart, Mind, and Body

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