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Naturally Indwelling

Action and Contemplation: Part One Naturally Indwelling Friday, January 10, 2020 Those who have gone to their own depths through contemplation uncover an indwelling Presence. Austrian philosopher Martin Buber (1878–1965) called this intimacy an “I-thou” relationship. It is a deep and loving “yes” to God and to life that is inherent within each of us.… Continue Reading Naturally Indwelling

Silence, the Great Teacher

Action and Contemplation: Part One Silence, the Great Teacher Tuesday, January 7, 2020 It seems like our society is at a low point in terms of how we talk about challenging, controversial topics within our political discourse and even our church reflections. I believe the only way through this polarization is a re-appreciation for silence.… Continue Reading Silence, the Great Teacher

Inspiriting the World

Incarnation Inspiriting the World Thursday, December 26, 2019 What I am calling an incarnational worldview is the profound recognition of the presence of the divine in literally “every thing” and “every one.” It is the key to mental and spiritual health as well as to a kind of basic contentment and happiness. An incarnational worldview… Continue Reading Inspiriting the World

Like Knows Like

Incarnation Like Knows Like Monday, December 23, 2019 The official Franciscan motto is Deus Meus et Omnia—“My God and all things.” Once you recognize the Christ as the universal truth of matter and spirit working together as one, then everything is holy and nothing is excluded. Once you surrender to this Christ mystery, this divine… Continue Reading Like Knows Like

Help from a Higher Power

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One Help from a Higher Power Tuesday, December 10, 2019 Step Two: Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. [1] Yes, we are carrying our own death warrant with us, but it is teaching us not to rely on ourselves, but on a God whose… Continue Reading Help from a Higher Power

The Embodiment of God’s Love

Politics: Old and New The Embodiment of God’s Love Monday, November 18, 2019 Wes Granberg-Michaelson, author and former head of the Reformed Church in America, has invested much time and energy in ecumenical initiatives, as well as studying the relationship between faith and politics. We share a long-standing relationship with Jim Wallis and the Sojourners… Continue Reading The Embodiment of God’s Love

Franciscan Way: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Franciscan Way: Part Two Summary: Sunday, October 6—Friday, October 11, 2019 This is the miracle of love: to discover that all creation is one, flung out into space by a God who is a Father, and that if you present yourself as [God] does, unarmed and peaceably, creation will recognize and meet you with a… Continue Reading Franciscan Way: Part Two: Weekly Summary

Oneness: Weekly Summary

Oneness Summary: Sunday, September 22—Friday, September 27, 2019 When we carry our small suffering in solidarity with humanity’s one universal longing for deep union, it helps keep us from self-pity or self-preoccupation. We know that we are all in this together. (Sunday) God is the force that is binding, moving, sustaining, and transforming all of… Continue Reading Oneness: Weekly Summary

Interspiritual Mystics: Weekly Summary

Interspiritual Mystics Summary: Sunday, August 4—Friday, August 9, 2019 At their most mature levels, religions have a common goal: union with all beings and with God. —Beatrice Bruteau (Sunday) By allowing inward change, while at the same time simplifying our external life, spirituality serves as our greatest single resource for changing our centuries-old trajectory of… Continue Reading Interspiritual Mystics: Weekly Summary

Living Mysticism

Interspiritual Mystics Living Mysticism Wednesday, August 7, 2019 Mysticism is a special consciousness of the presence of God that by definition exceeds description and results in a transformation of the subject who receives it. —Bernard McGinn [1] It’s not enough to have wonderful theories about God. Authentic mystical encounter radically changes us and our way… Continue Reading Living Mysticism

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