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Greater Proximity, Greater Mercy

Restorative Justice Greater Proximity, Greater Mercy Friday, September 11, 2020 Love is the motive, but justice is the instrument. —Reinhold Niebuhr (1892–1971) Bryan Stevenson is a lawyer, social justice activist, and founder of the Equal Justice Initiative and the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. [1] In his book Just Mercy: A Story… Continue Reading Greater Proximity, Greater Mercy

Openness and Receptivity

Simplicity Openness and Receptivity Wednesday, July 1, 2020 Despite many differing views of Jesus’ life and teaching, we can say confidently that Jesus was a poor man who fully embraced life with those on the margins of society. Francis of Assisi certainly did the same, and it became his litmus test for all orthodoxy and… Continue Reading Openness and Receptivity

Embracing Enoughness

Simplicity Embracing Enoughness Tuesday, June 30, 2020 I have just three things to teach: simplicity, patience, compassion. —Lao Tzu Most of us have grown up with a capitalist worldview which makes a virtue and goal out of accumulation, consumption, and collecting. It has taught us to assume, quite falsely, that more is better. But it’s… Continue Reading Embracing Enoughness

Prayer in Captivity

Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross Prayer in Captivity Wednesday, April 22, 2020 In 1567, when Teresa of Ávila was 52 and deeply involved in her attempts to reform the Carmelite Order and create the Discalced (or “barefoot”) Carmelites, she met the newly ordained John of the Cross. Though he was only 25… Continue Reading Prayer in Captivity

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

Changing Our Economy

Economy: Week 1 Changing Our Economy Friday, June 29, 2018 Pope Francis often says, “This economy kills.” [1] The divide between the wealthy and the poor in the United States continues to grow. A handful of billionaires are literally “making a killing,” while millions who live below the poverty line are “making a dying,” and… Continue Reading Changing Our Economy

Roots of Liberation

Economy: Week 1 Roots of Liberation Sunday, June 24, 2018 One of the great themes of the Bible, beginning with the Hebrew Scriptures and continued by Jesus and Paul, is “the preferential option for the poor.” I call it “the bias toward the bottom.” The Hebrew people’s exodus out of slavery, and YHWH’s complete identification… Continue Reading Roots of Liberation

Loving Our Neighbor

Self-Emptying Loving Our Neighbor Friday, December 15, 2017 This week I’ve shared a few quotes from theologian Sallie McFague. Today I’d like to offer a longer excerpt from her book, Blessed Are the Consumers: Climate Change and the Practice of Restraint. Sallie invites us into practical methods of self-emptying—kenosis—that we need if humans and so… Continue Reading Loving Our Neighbor

Field Hospital on the Edge of the Battlefield

Contemplation in Action: Week 1 Field Hospital on the Edge of the Battlefield Wednesday, June 28, 2017 Francis of Assisi taught us the importance of living close to the poor, the marginalized, the outcasts in society. The outer poverty, injustice, and absurdity around us mirror our own inner poverty, injustice, and absurdity. The poor man… Continue Reading Field Hospital on the Edge of the Battlefield

Inner Authority

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 Inner Authority Friday, June 16, 2017 Might the authority of those who suffer bring the diverse cultural and social worlds together? —Johann Baptist Metz [1] This profound question about suffering from a modern German theologian succinctly and precisely expresses the religious breakthrough that Christ has offered humanity. It is also foundational… Continue Reading Inner Authority

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