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Mysticism and Eco-Spirituality

Alternative Orthodoxy Mysticism and Eco-Spirituality Friday, February 7, 2020  When the bow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature—every mortal being that is on the earth. —Genesis 9:16  Franciscan alternative orthodoxy emphasized mysticism over morality. Moralism is the task of low-level religion, concerned with creating an ego… Continue Reading Mysticism and Eco-Spirituality

A Hidden Wholeness

Knowing and Not Knowing A Hidden Wholeness Sunday, January 26, 2020 Alongside all our knowing must be the equal and honest “knowing that I do not know.” That’s why the classic schools of prayer spoke of both  kataphatic  knowing—through images and words—and apophatic knowing—through silence and symbols.  Apophatic knowing allows God to fill in all the gaps in an “unspeakable” way,… Continue Reading A Hidden Wholeness

Economy: Old and New: Weekly Summary

Economy: Old and New Summary: Sunday, November 24—Friday, November 29, 2019 To understand the Gospel in its purity and in its transformative power, we have to stop counting, measuring, and weighing. We have to stop saying “I deserve.” Can we do that? It’s pretty hard . . . unless we’ve experienced infinite mercy and realize… Continue Reading Economy: Old and New: Weekly Summary

Making Do with More

Economy: Old and New Making Do with More Monday, November 25, 2019 Charles Eisenstein is a fascinating public speaker, author, and advocate for gift economies. At a rather young age, he walked away from a thriving business career, recognizing that our cultural models of success simply weren’t working for him. Drawing on his background in… Continue Reading Making Do with More

To Live Lightly

Franciscan Way: Part One To Live Lightly Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Today, we will continue with my Franciscan brother and long-time friend John Quigley’s summary of Franciscanism. I’ve added my thoughts in italics within brackets. [Francis] knew that we share this earth, our loves and work with all of God’s creatures, our brothers and sisters.… Continue Reading To Live Lightly

Cosmology: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Cosmology: Part Two Summary: Sunday, September 1—Friday, September 6, 2019 Evolution brings with it the rise of consciousness, and as consciousness rises, so too does awareness of God. —Ilia Delio (Sunday) To see evolution as revelatory of the divine Word means that we come to see the various forms and rhythms of nature as reflective… Continue Reading Cosmology: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Eternity

Cosmology: Part Two Eternity Friday, September 6, 2019 I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. —Revelation 21:1 John doesn’t say the old earth is destroyed; it’s made new. Not only humans, but the whole of… Continue Reading Eternity

Participating in God

Cosmology: Part Two Participating in God Sunday, September 1, 2019 From the beginning until now, the entire creation as we know it has been groaning in one great act of giving birth. —Romans 8:22 Just this one line from Paul should be enough to justify evolution. God creates things that create themselves! Wouldn’t this be… Continue Reading Participating in God

Participation

The Perennial Tradition Participation Sunday, August 11, 2019 The Perennial Tradition includes the constant themes and truths that recur in all the world religions at their most mature and deep levels. As I mentioned last week, the Second Vatican Council teaches Catholics that indigenous religions, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Judaism each reflect “a ray of… Continue Reading Participation

Civil Rights and Obligations

Prophets: Part One Civil Rights and Obligations Thursday, July 4, 2019 Sister Simone Campbell, SSS—known as “the nun on the bus”—is someone I consider a modern prophet. She is the Executive Director of NETWORK, an organization that lobbies for socially just federal policies. On this “Independence Day” (in the United States), reflect on Sr. Simone’s… Continue Reading Civil Rights and Obligations

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