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Type Nine: The Need for Peace

Enneagram Part One: Body Center Type Nine: The Need for Peace Thursday, February 27, 2020 Holy Idea: Holy Love Virtue: Action Passion: Sloth [1] Unlike the strong and often belligerent Eights with whom they share an Intelligence Center, Nines are natural peacemakers. Their gift of accepting others without prejudice makes people feel understood and accepted. Nines… Continue Reading Type Nine: The Need for Peace

The Prayer of Quiet

Action and Contemplation: Part Three The Prayer of Quiet Tuesday, January 21, 2020 The Desert Fathers and Mothers withdrew from cities to the desert to live freely, apart from the economic, cultural, and political structure of the Roman Empire. At first, the empire persecuted the church, but in 313 CE, Constantine gave Christianity a privileged status, not out of enlightenment or goodwill but in service of uniformity and… Continue Reading The Prayer of Quiet

Making Peace Like St. Francis

Franciscan Way: Part Two Making Peace Like St. Francis Friday, October 11, 2019 My Franciscan brother Fr. Louie Vitale, who has been a peace activist for almost 40 years, tells how St. Francis was working for peace even at the end of his life. At the time, Bishop Guido of Assisi excommunicated the mayor of… Continue Reading Making Peace Like St. Francis

Francis and the Wolf

Franciscan Way: Part Two Francis and the Wolf Sunday, October 6, 2019 Carlo Carretto (1910–1988) was a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus, a community of contemplatives based on the spirituality of St. Francis of Assisi and founded by Charles de Foucauld (1858–1916). Carretto’s life, like that of Francis, was a combination of action… Continue Reading Francis and the Wolf

Franciscan Way: Part One: Weekly Summary

Franciscan Way: Part One Summary: Sunday, September 29—Friday, October 4, 2019 Much of Francis of Assisi’s genius was that he was ready for absolute “newness” from God, and therefore could also trust fresh and new attitudes in himself. (Sunday) In his “Testament,” Francis said, “No one showed me what I ought to do,” and then,… Continue Reading Franciscan Way: Part One: Weekly Summary

The Minores

Franciscan Way: Part One The Minores Tuesday, October 1, 2019 Feast of Thérèse of Lisieux, “The Little Flower My friend since 1962 and fellow Franciscan, Father John Quigley, OFM, has written a helpful, succinct summary of Franciscanism. We worked closely together with the New Jerusalem Community in Ohio and could practically finish each other’s sentences,… Continue Reading The Minores

Peacemakers: Weekly Summary

Peacemakers Summary: Sunday, September 15—Friday, September 20, 2019 Much of Christianity seems to have forgotten Jesus’ teachings on nonviolence. We’ve relegated visions of a peaceful kingdom to a far distant heaven, hardly believing Jesus could have meant we should turn the other cheek here and now. (Sunday) Nonviolence is not ineffective, passive, weak, utopian, naïve,… Continue Reading Peacemakers: Weekly Summary

Working Together

Peacemakers Working Together Friday, September 20, 2019 If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. If you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together. — Shared by Lilla Watson [1] In our Living School, we emphasize contemplative solidarity with those who are marginalized… Continue Reading Working Together

Meditating on the Sermon on the Mount

Peacemakers Meditating on the Sermon on the Mount Thursday, September 19, 2019 You have heard it said, “Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” —Matthew 5:43-44 In addition to the Bhagavad Gita, Mahatma Gandhi considered the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew… Continue Reading Meditating on the Sermon on the Mount

Cultivating Nonviolence

Peacemakers Cultivating Nonviolence Wednesday, September 18, 2019 If you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, first go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. —Matthew 5:23-24 Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount describes unconditional love in action. Tomorrow we’ll… Continue Reading Cultivating Nonviolence

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