Tag Archives: practice

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 Summary

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, June 11-Friday, June 16, 2017 Francis of Assisi was known as a man of deep and abiding joy. He told the friars that it was their vocation “to move people’s hearts and lift them up to spiritual joy.” (Sunday) We can only give away who we are. We can Read More »

Alternative Orthodoxy: Weekly Summary

Alternative Orthodoxy Summary: Sunday, May 28-Friday, June 2, 2017 Franciscans don’t throw out the mainline tradition; we simply place our effort and our energy on overlooked or misunderstood aspects of the tradition. (Sunday) Franciscan alternative orthodoxy quietly but firmly pays attention to different things—like simplicity, humility, non-violence, contemplation, solitude and silence, earth care, nature and Read More »

A Third Way

Alternative Orthodoxy A Third Way Sunday, May 28, 2017 The Franciscan Tradition in which I’ve been formed is an “alternative orthodoxy” or heterodoxy. While we are part of the Roman Catholic faith and embrace the great Christian Tradition, we are not mainstream. Francis (c. 1181-1226) and Clare (1194-1253) of Assisi paid attention to and emphasized Read More »

The Apostle Paul: Weekly Summary

The Apostle Paul Summary: Sunday, May 14-Friday, May 19, 2017 Theologian N. T. Wright concludes that we have largely missed Paul’s major theme, which is the new temple of God is the human person. (Sunday) Paul brings a deep new sense of the inherent dignity of every human person. (Monday) Paul is forever the critic Read More »

Resurrection: Weekly Summary

Resurrection Summary: Sunday, May 7-Friday, May 12, 2017 The Resurrection is not a one-time miracle that proved Jesus was God. Jesus’ death and resurrection name and reveal what is happening everywhere and all the time in God. (Sunday) If we are honest, we acknowledge that we are dying throughout our life, and this is what Read More »

Jesus as Scapegoat: Weekly Summary

Jesus as Scapegoat Summary: Sunday, April 30-Friday, May 5, 2017 Forgiveness demands three new simultaneous “seeings”: I must see God in the other; I must access God in myself; and I must see God in a new way that is larger than an “Enforcer.” (Sunday) Jesus showed us how to hold the pain and let Read More »

The Cross: Weekly Summary

The Cross Summary: Sunday, April 23-Friday, April 28, 2017 Jesus’ life, death, and raising up is the whole pattern revealed, named, summed up, and assured for our own lives. (Sunday) Jesus takes away the sin of the world by dramatically exposing the real sin—ignorant hatred and violence, not the usual preoccupation with purity codes—and by Read More »

The Beatitudes: Weekly Summary

The Beatitudes Summary: Sunday, April 16-Friday, April 21, 2017 This week guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault explored Jesus’ eight blessings known as the Beatitudes. Only through a point of nothingness can we enter the larger mind. As long as we’re filled with ourselves, we can go no further. (Sunday) Only when we Read More »

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 Summary

The Cosmic Christ: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, April 2-Friday, April 7, 2017 What most religion treats as separate (matter and Spirit, humanity and divinity) has never been separate from its beginnings: Spirit is forever captured in matter, and matter is the place where Spirit shows itself. It is one sacred world. (Sunday) Christ is the Read More »

The Cosmic Christ: Week 1 Summary

The Cosmic Christ: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, March 26-Friday, March 31, 2017 Franciscan philosopher and theologian John Duns Scotus taught that Christ was the very “first idea” in the mind of God. In other words, God wanted to manifest the Godself externally, so an eternal love affair could begin between matter and God who is Read More »

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