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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

Accepting What Is

Christianity and Buddhism Accepting What Is Wednesday, November 10, 2021 Father Richard has often said that transformation mostly comes through great love and great suffering. The First Noble Truth of Buddhism shows how accepting the inescapable nature of suffering can lead to greater freedom. Kaira Jewel Lingo, a former Buddhist nun in Thich Nhat Hanh’s… Continue Reading Accepting What Is

Life as Participation: Weekly Summary

Life as Participation Saturday, September 11, 2021 Week Thirty-Six Summary and Practice Sunday, September 5—Friday, September 10, 2021 Sunday After transformation, God is not out there and we don’t look at reality. We look from reality. We’re in the middle of it now; we’re a part of it. This whole thing is a mystery of… Continue Reading Life as Participation: Weekly Summary

We Are Called to “Behold”

Finding God in the Arts We Are Called to “Behold” Monday, August 16, 2021 When we look at art, we are usually quick to judge its value according to our own preferences based on style, color, size, location, and even country of origin! However, there is another invitation—one that goes beyond our likes and dislikes—and… Continue Reading We Are Called to “Behold”

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

Everybody Grieves: Weekly Summary

Everybody Grieves Saturday, August 7, 2021 Week Thirty-One Summary and Practice Sunday, August 1—Friday, August 6, 2021 Sunday Because we’re human, we hurt. Because we’re human, we have tears to cry. Because we’re human, our hearts are broken. Because we’re human, we understand that loss is a universal language. Everybody grieves. —Rev. Jacqui Lewis Monday… Continue Reading Everybody Grieves: Weekly Summary

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

Offering Your Whole Self

Doorways to Christian Contemplation Offering Your Whole Self Wednesday, July 14, 2021 “The Lord your God, the Lord is One. And you shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole mind, your whole soul, and your whole strength.” (Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:30, 33; Luke 10:27) Beatrice Bruteau (1930–2014), one of the… Continue Reading Offering Your Whole Self

Present, Open, Awake

Doorways to Christian Contemplation Present, Open, Awake Monday, July 12, 2021 My friend and CAC teacher James Finley is a true contemplative! I watch the crowds—from conferences to Living School students—settle in his presence almost immediately. He is so centered in himself and in God that he is at peace and “transmits” the message with… Continue Reading Present, Open, Awake

Trusting Our Inner Authority

Spiritual Direction Trusting Our Inner Authority Friday, June 25, 2021 The two wheels of Scripture and Tradition can be seen as sources of outer authority, while our personal experience leads to our inner authority. I am convinced we need and can have both. Only when inner and outer authority come together do we have true spiritual wisdom. Christianity… Continue Reading Trusting Our Inner Authority

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