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Finding Ourselves in God

Images of God Finding Ourselves in God Monday, November 29, 2021 Father Richard reminds us that we are created in the image and likeness of God, which offers us a solid foundation from which we can operate in the world. The biblical creation story says, “Let us make humans in our image” (Genesis 1:26). The… Continue Reading Finding Ourselves in God

A Foundation for the Common Good

Rediscovering the Common Good A Foundation for the Common Good Monday, November 1, 2021 Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners ministry and a longtime friend of Fr. Richard’s, connects the idea of the common good with Jesus’ proclamation of the Kingdom of God. I believe the moral prerequisite for solving the deepest problems this country and… Continue Reading A Foundation for the Common Good

Sacred Circles

Contemplating Creation Sacred Circles Wednesday, October 13, 2021 God is an infinite sphere, whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere. —Alain of Lille, The Rules of Theology Father Richard views the Trinity as a mutual “circle dance” of love and communion. Many mystics understood the circle as a more appropriate geometric shape than… Continue Reading Sacred Circles

A Sacramental Universe

Francis and the Animals A Sacramental Universe Wednesday, October 6, 2021 Richard shares how Francis responded to the rising tide of “consumer” culture, which Francis’ father was fully engaged in as a wealthy merchant. Francis refused to be a “user” of reality—buying and selling it to personal advantage (the I-it relationship). In fact, that is… Continue Reading A Sacramental Universe

The Mystics as Directors

Spiritual Direction The Mystics as Directors Thursday, June 24, 2021 In addition to his work as a therapist, my friend James Finley has served as a spiritual director for decades. While spiritual direction most often involves one-on-one conversations between two living persons, Jim shows us how reading the words of the mystics can be a… Continue Reading The Mystics as Directors

Who Do You Say That I Am?

Spiritual Direction Who Do You Say That I Am? Wednesday, June 23, 2021 We all have a yearning to be known by each other and by God. Professor and spiritual director Ruth Takiko West uses Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am?” as a model for our deepest spiritual questioning. “Who do you… Continue Reading Who Do You Say That I Am?

A Sexual Morality Based on Love

The Holiness of Human Sexuality A Sexual Morality Based on Love Monday, June 7, 2021 In the area of sexuality, we all seem to have our sacrosanct areas that cannot be touched. Liberals will find some way to say that it is always good, and conservatives are determined to enforce rules and regulations. Both seem… Continue Reading A Sexual Morality Based on Love

Action Based in Oneness

Oneness Action Based in Oneness Thursday, May 27, 2021 We must proclaim the truth that all life is one and that we are all of us tied together. Therefore it is mandatory that we work for a society in which the least person can find refuge and refreshment. . . . You must lay your… Continue Reading Action Based in Oneness

Unity with the Spirit

Oneness Unity with the Spirit Wednesday, May 26, 2021 While we have the language of philosophy, psychology, modern science, and sociology to describe the truth of universal interconnectedness, the mystics first described it based on their own experience. In this meditation, African American mystic and scholar Howard Thurman (1899‒1981) reminds us of how our love… Continue Reading Unity with the Spirit

One Life, One Breath

The Contemplative Call to Nature One Life, One Breath Thursday, April 22, 2021 On this Earth Day, Sherri Mitchell, a Native American attorney and sacred activist for environmental protection and human rights shares two particular terms which offer us some much-needed Indigenous wisdom and compassion. N’dilnabamuk—“all my relations.” Many people have heard Native people say… Continue Reading One Life, One Breath