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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

A Further Journey

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One A Further Journey Friday, August 14, 2020 If we are granted this first stage of Order (and not all are), we feel innocent and safe. Everything is basically good, it all means something, and we feel a part of what looks normal and deserved. It is our “first naïveté.” Everything… Continue Reading A Further Journey

Awe, Wonder, and Love

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One Awe, Wonder, and Love Thursday, August 13, 2020 A sense of wonder and awe is the foundation of religion. Too often we associate religion with belonging to a church or professing certain beliefs, but the religious instinct is so much broader than that. Sikh activist and human rights lawyer Valarie… Continue Reading Awe, Wonder, and Love

The Cosmic Order

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One The Cosmic Order Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Matter is the common, universal, tangible setting, infinitely shifting and varied, in which we live. . . . By matter we are nourished, lifted up, linked to everything else, invaded by life. —Teilhard de Chardin The physical structure of the universe is love.… Continue Reading The Cosmic Order

From Innocence to Knowledge

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One From Innocence to Knowledge Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Many Christians look to the Garden of Eden as the ultimate example of Order. While we can certainly mourn the suffering, it doesn’t do us any good to regret “the Fall.” It had to happen; failure is part of the deal! If… Continue Reading From Innocence to Knowledge

Necessary Boundaries

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One Necessary Boundaries Monday, August 10, 2020 Law, tradition, and boundaries—what I call Order—seem to be necessary in any spiritual system both to reveal and to limit our basic egocentricity. Such containers make at least some community, family, and marriage possible. Boundaries seem to be the only way that human beings… Continue Reading Necessary Boundaries

The Universal Pattern

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One The Universal Pattern Sunday, August 9, 2020 It seems quite clear that we grow by passing beyond some perfect Order, through an often painful and seemingly unnecessary Disorder, to an enlightened Reorder or resurrection. This is the universal pattern that connects and solidifies our relationships with everything around us. This… Continue Reading The Universal Pattern

From Naïveté to Wisdom

Growing in Christ: Week 2 From Naïveté to Wisdom Sunday, March 24, 2019 To grow toward love, union, salvation, or enlightenment (I use the words almost interchangeably), we must be moved from Order to Disorder and finally to Reorder. ORDER: At this stage—our “first naïveté,” if we are granted it (and not all are)—we feel… Continue Reading From Naïveté to Wisdom

Love and Mercy

Sin: Symptom of Separation Love and Mercy Friday, August 25, 2017 The law was given to multiply our opportunities for falling. —Romans 5:20 The pattern of necessary falling or the “myth of transgression” made less and less sense to Western Christianity as it came to think that religion’s purpose was to teach and maintain social… Continue Reading Love and Mercy

Order, Disorder, Reorder

Rebuilding on a Contemplative Foundation Order, Disorder, Reorder Friday, July 14, 2017 First the fall, and then the recovery from the fall, and both are the mercy of God. —Julian of Norwich [1] Whenever we’re led out of normalcy into sacred, open space, it’s going to feel like suffering, because it is letting go of what… Continue Reading Order, Disorder, Reorder

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