Tag Archives: Presence

Bodily Knowing

Human Bodies: Week 1 Bodily Knowing Wednesday, April 4, 2018 (50th Anniversary of the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.) If you lose hope, somehow you lose that vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of all. And so today I still… Continue Reading Bodily Knowing

Nature Reflects God’s Goodness

The Natural World: Week 2 Nature Reflects God’s Goodness Tuesday, March 6, 2018 To start with words of the great Doctor of the Church, Thomas Aquinas: “Grace does not destroy nature, but perfects it.” [1] Grace brings nature to a sense of its own sanctity, and it evokes this sacredness within the human heart. Aquinas… Continue Reading Nature Reflects God’s Goodness

An Inner Dialogue of Naming and Responding

An Inner Dialogue of Naming and Responding January 14, 2018 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19 John 1:35-42 Length: 8:53 Size: 12 MB Download “An Inner Dialogue of Naming and Responding” MP3.

Introduction: Image and Likeness: Weekly Summary

Introduction: Image and Likeness Summary: Sunday, December 31, 2017-Friday, January 5, 2018 Epiphany The “image” described in Genesis refers to our eternal essence in God which cannot be increased or decreased. “Likeness” refers to our personal and unique embodiment of that inner divine image. It is our gradual realization of this gift. (Sunday) My goal in the… Continue Reading Introduction: Image and Likeness: Weekly Summary

Where Is God?

Introduction: Image and Likeness Where Is God? Friday, January 5, 2018 When I was on retreat at Thomas Merton’s hermitage at Gethsemani Abbey in 1985, I had a chance encounter that has stayed with me all these years. I was walking down a little trail when I recognized a recluse, what you might call a… Continue Reading Where Is God?

Heaven: Weekly Summary

Heaven Summary: Sunday, December 17-Friday, December 22, 2017 The goal must be kept simple and clear—love of God and neighbor, union with God and neighbor. Our common word for this state of union is heaven. (Sunday) Heaven is first of all now and therefore surely later. If God loves and accepts us now in our… Continue Reading Heaven: Weekly Summary

The Home of Love

Heaven The Home of Love Thursday, December 21, 2017 Mutual presence or intimacy is the ultimate goal of the spiritual journey. Perhaps this is why images of bride and bridegroom are so commonly used by the prophets, the Song of Songs, John the Baptist, Jesus, and in the last verses of the Bible where the… Continue Reading The Home of Love

Loving Fully

Self-Emptying Loving Fully Wednesday, December 13, 2017 How can my life be a reflection of divine love in this time and place? The classic Christian phrase for discipleship—the imitation of Christ—means that we were made by God to become like God, loving all others, loving universally. —Sallie McFague [1] More than any historical figure I… Continue Reading Loving Fully

Practicing Presence

Living in the Now Practicing Presence Friday, November 24, 2017 The presence of God is infinite, everywhere, always, and forever. You cannot not be in the presence of God. There’s no other place to be. It is we who are not present to Presence. We’ll make any excuse to be somewhere else than right here.… Continue Reading Practicing Presence

Pure Presence

Living in the Now Pure Presence Thursday, November 23, 2017 (Thanksgiving in the United States) Wisdom is not the gathering of more facts and information, as if that would eventually coalesce into truth. Wisdom is a way of seeing and knowing the same old ten thousand things but in a new way. As my colleague… Continue Reading Pure Presence

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