Tag Archives: paradox

Searching for Meaning

Suffering: Week 1 Searching for Meaning Monday, October 15, 2018 During the next two weeks I will reflect on suffering and how we might recognize God’s image and likeness in people even—and perhaps especially—during hard times. Some of the greatest wisdom has come from those who experienced unspeakable trauma and harm. Holocaust survivor and respected… Continue Reading Searching for Meaning

Dying by Brightness

Unknowing: Week 2 Dying by Brightness Sunday, October 7, 2018 I die by brightness and the Holy Spirit. —Thomas Merton (1915-1968) [1] For most of us, growth is a long process of being drawn “by brightness and the Holy Spirit,” as Merton says. I interpret this brightness as being overwhelmed and undone by Immense Mystery… Continue Reading Dying by Brightness

Usury: The Root of Evil

Economy: Week 1 Usury: The Root of Evil Thursday, June 28, 2018 Even After All this time The Sun never says to the Earth, “You owe me.” Look What happens With a love like that, It lights the whole sky. —Hafiz, paraphrased by Daniel Ladinsky [1] The economy of exploitative profit has no place in… Continue Reading Usury: The Root of Evil

You Are the “Imago Dei”

Justice: Week 2 You Are the “Imago Dei” Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Searching for and rediscovering the True Self is the fundamentum, the essential task that will gradually open us to receiving and giving love to God, others, and ourselves, and thus to live truly just lives. Grace builds on nature; it does not avoid… Continue Reading You Are the “Imago Dei”

Solidarity with the World

Vocation Solidarity with the World Friday, June 1, 2018 Following Jesus is not a “salvation scheme” or a means of creating social order as much as it is a vocation to share the fate of God for the life of the world. Some people are overly invested in religious ceremonies, rituals, and rules about naming who’s in and… Continue Reading Solidarity with the World

Learning to See

Contemplative Consciousness Learning to See Wednesday, January 10, 2017 If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to [us] as it is, infinite. —William Blake [1] Contemplation is about seeing, but a kind of seeing that is much more than mere looking because it also includes recognizing and thus appreciating. The contemplative… Continue Reading Learning to See

Saved by the Cross

Salvation as At-One-Ment Saved by the Cross Wednesday, July 26, 2017 The cross is a perfect metaphor for what I meant when I titled one of my books Everything Belongs. God is to be found in all things, even and most especially in the painful, tragic, and sinful things—exactly where we do not want to look… Continue Reading Saved by the Cross

Faith and Belief: Weekly Summary

Faith and Belief Summary: Sunday, July 16-Friday, July 22, 2017 “Could Christians migrate from defining their faith as a system of beliefs to expressing it as a loving way of life?” —Brian McLaren (Sunday) “By defining itself as a settled system of beliefs, Christianity . . . became a leash or a locked door impeding… Continue Reading Faith and Belief: Weekly Summary

Waiting with Patience

Faith and Belief Waiting with Patience Friday, July 21, 2017 If you are to live on this earth, you cannot bypass the necessary tension of holding contraries and inconsistencies together. Daily ordinary experiences will teach you nonduality in a way that is no longer theoretical or abstract. It becomes obvious in everything and everybody, every… Continue Reading Waiting with Patience

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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