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The Perennial Tradition: Weekly Summary

The Perennial Tradition Summary: Sunday, August 11—Friday, August 16, 2019 If it is true, it is always from the one Holy Spirit. —Thomas Aquinas (Sunday) We are rediscovering the philosophia perennis, shared universal truth, and at a rather quick pace—God seems urgent at this point in our tragic history. (Monday) In every historical epoch and… Continue Reading The Perennial Tradition: Weekly Summary

Suffering: Week 1 Summary

Suffering: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, October 14-Friday, October 19, 2018 My soul is sore when I learn how our people are tortured, when I learn how the rights of those created in the image of God are violated. —Óscar Romero (Sunday) For me, to be a Christian means to accept that battlefield, to accept and to… Continue Reading Suffering: Week 1 Summary

Rupture of the Ordinary

Suffering: Week 1 Rupture of the Ordinary Friday, October 19, 2018 Barbara Holmes paints a moving portrait of how suffering transformed kidnapped peoples from different African tribes and languages into a kind of contemplative community, beginning with their journey across the Atlantic. Captured Africans were spooned together lying on their sides in ships that pitched… Continue Reading Rupture of the Ordinary

Transforming Pain

Suffering: Week 1 Transforming Pain Wednesday, October 17, 2018 All healthy religion shows you what to do with your pain, with the absurd, the tragic, the nonsensical, the unjust and the undeserved—all of which eventually come into every lifetime. If only we could see these “wounds” as the way through, as Jesus did, then they… Continue Reading Transforming Pain

Forgiveness: Weekly Summary

Forgiveness Summary: Sunday, August 27-Friday, September 1, 2017 Let’s ask for the grace to let go of those grudges and hurts we hold on to, and let’s do it now and not wait until later. (Sunday) Nothing new happens without forgiveness. (Monday) God does not love us if we change; God loves us so that… Continue Reading Forgiveness: Weekly Summary

The Left Hand of God

Contemplation in Action: Week 1 The Left Hand of God Tuesday, June 27, 2017 Part of integrating the inner and the outer is looking at both sides of life clearly and honestly. We must be able to face the joy and wonder of life as well as its pain, injustice, and absurdity. I call the… Continue Reading The Left Hand of God

Forgiving Victim

Jesus as Scapegoat Forgiving Victim Wednesday, May 3, 2017 In terms of the soul, no one else is your problem. You are invariably your primary problem. You are always the locus of conversion and transformation. I believe the message of the crucified Jesus is a statement about what to do with your pain. It’s primarily… Continue Reading Forgiving Victim

The Inner Witness

Nonviolence The Inner Witness Monday, October 10, 2016 We each carry a certain amount of pain from our very birth. If that pain is not healed and transformed, it actually increases as we grow older, and we transmit it to people around us. We can become violent in our attitudes, gestures, words, and actions. We… Continue Reading The Inner Witness

Solidarity with Pain

Spirituality of Letting Go: Week 2 Solidarity with Pain Monday, September 5, 2016 Both Francis and Clare of Assisi lost and let go of all fear of suffering; all need for power, prestige, and possessions; any need for their small self to be important; and they came out the other side knowing something essential—who they… Continue Reading Solidarity with Pain

Contemplation AND Action

Action and Contemplation: Week 1 Contemplation AND Action Friday, May 13, 2016 I used to think that most of us must begin with contemplation or a unitive encounter with God and are then led through that experience to awareness of the suffering of the world and to solidarity with that suffering in some form of… Continue Reading Contemplation AND Action

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