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God Is Present in All

Images of God God Is Present in All Friday, December 3, 2021 In keeping with his Franciscan tradition, Father Richard teaches that we can find God’s freely given image in all of creation, beginning with ourselves! The purpose of prayer and religious seeking is to see the truth about Reality, to see what is. And… Continue Reading God Is Present in All

Being Present to the Presence of God

Christianity and Buddhism Being Present to the Presence of God Friday, November 12, 2021 One of the great gifts Buddhism offers to Christianity is an emphasis on being present to our experiences in the here and now. In one of his homilies, Father Richard speaks of the holiness of our present time and place, no… Continue Reading Being Present to the Presence of God

Unveiling the Great (Christ) Mystery

Unveiling the Universal Christ Unveiling the Great (Christ) Mystery Sunday, August 22, 2021 This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open. God wanted everyone, not just Jews, to know this rich and glorious secret inside and out, regardless of their background, regardless of their… Continue Reading Unveiling the Great (Christ) Mystery

An Appreciation for Art

Finding God in the Arts An Appreciation for Art Sunday, August 15, 2021 I’ve always loved beauty and art. When I was on the road and I would have an afternoon off after a conference, I would almost always go to the local art museum. It was a contemplative practice and something I could do… Continue Reading An Appreciation for Art

Practicing the Presence of God

Doorways to Christian Contemplation Practicing the Presence of God Thursday, July 15, 2021 Prayer is the orientation of all the attention of which the soul is capable toward God.  —Simone Weil, Waiting for God One of the simplest methods of contemplation is “to practice the presence of God” as described by Brother Lawrence (1614–1691), a… Continue Reading Practicing the Presence of God

A Tree of Life

Doorways to Christian Contemplation A Tree of Life Sunday, July 11, 2021 Anyone familiar with my writing knows that I believe that immediate, unmediated contact with the moment is the clearest path to divine union. Naked, undefended, and nondual presence has the best chance of encountering the Real Presence. I approach the theme of contemplation… Continue Reading A Tree of Life

The Importance of Experience

Spiritual Direction The Importance of Experience Sunday, June 20, 2021 No matter the religion or denomination in which we are raised, our spirituality still comes through the first filter of our own life experience. We must begin to be honest about this instead of pretending that any of us are formed exclusively by the Scriptures… Continue Reading The Importance of Experience

Foundational Hope

An Evolving Faith Foundational Hope Monday, May 31, 2021 Memorial Day in US The Jesuit scientist Teilhard de Chardin wrote that “Love is the physical structure of the universe.” [1] Our theological way of saying the same thing is “Let us create in our image” (Genesis 1:26), in the image of the triune God, who… Continue Reading Foundational Hope

Our All-Vulnerable God

Trauma and Healing Our All-Vulnerable God Tuesday, May 4, 2021 Very few of us can actually imagine God suffering. I bet almost half the prayers of the Catholic Church begin with “Almighty God” and when you’re “all mighty,” you don’t suffer! And yet if we believe that Jesus reveals the hidden heart of God, we… Continue Reading Our All-Vulnerable God

God Is Not Only “Over There”

The Contemplative Call to Nature God Is Not Only “Over There” Sunday, April 18, 2021 The core message of the incarnation of God in Jesus is that the Divine Presence is here, in us and in all of creation, and not only “over there” in some far-off realm. Indigenous religions largely understand this, as do… Continue Reading God Is Not Only “Over There”