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Living with the Land

Christianity and Empire Living with the Land Wednesday, October 20, 2021 In the West, most Christians have been shaped by culture and faith into a paradigm that normalizes acquisition, at great cost to others, ourselves, and the land itself. As Richard puts it, “Perhaps the primary example of our lack of attention to the Christ… Continue Reading Living with the Land

Reverencing Creation and the Creator

Contemplating Creation Reverencing Creation and the Creator Friday, October 15, 2021 For Fr. Richard and the Franciscan tradition, the incarnation is at the heart of a creation-affirming spirituality. We meet God in creation because we meet God everywhere! Instead of a barrier to the spiritual life, creation is a doorway. People who live in deep… Continue Reading Reverencing Creation and the Creator

A Loving Partnership

Francis and the Animals A Loving Partnership Friday, October 8, 2021 If you wish to know the Creator, come to know his creatures. —St. Columban, Sermon 1 Scholar Edward Sellner has traced the influence of early Celtic spirituality to places throughout the world, including Francis of Assisi’s area of Italy.   This sense of kinship… Continue Reading A Loving Partnership

Stages of Growth in Love

An Expanding Love Stages of Growth in Love Sunday, March 14, 2021 We’re told by developmental psychologists that there’s a staging in our growth in love. We have to start with self-love and respecting the self. If we don’t respect ourselves, we won’t know how to respect anybody else. Then God moves us to group… Continue Reading Stages of Growth in Love

One God of the Earth

Thomas Merton: Contemplation and Action One God of the Earth Wednesday, November 25, 2020 One way that our growth in love becomes stuck is when we identify so much with our group or country that it replaces our faith in the One God of all. As we see in politics in the United States, most… Continue Reading One God of the Earth

A Love Ethic

The Transforming Power of Love A Love Ethic Wednesday, November 11, 2020 Because of my background, my language about love is often biblical, theological, psychological, and personal. While these are necessary and helpful frames, they certainly aren’t the only ones we should use. bell hooks (sic), a Black feminist scholar and activist, suggests how truly… Continue Reading A Love Ethic

A Call to Be One

Public Virtue A Call to Be One Wednesday, November 4, 2020 I return once again to the prophetic words of Sister Joan Chittister who calls us to make an unflinching commitment to act with integrity—out of the fullness of our being—not simply our pragmatic, comfortable, or fearful selves. As a people, we are at a… Continue Reading A Call to Be One

An Invitation to Cosmic Community

St. Francis: A Message for Our Times An Invitation to Cosmic Community Monday, October 5, 2020 Author and editor Robert Ellsberg reflects on Francis’ legacy from a modern perspective: Jesus left no formal religious rule for his followers. The closest he came was his proclamation of the Beatitudes: Blessed are the poor in spirit, the… Continue Reading An Invitation to Cosmic Community

Our Common Heritage

Interspiritual Mysticism Our Common Heritage Friday, September 25, 2020 Today’s meditation continues with reflections from interspiritual mystic Bede Griffiths who I introduced yesterday. I invite you to read his words with an open mind and heart. It is only today that these different religious traditions are beginning to mix freely all over the world and… Continue Reading Our Common Heritage

Restorative Justice: Weekly Summary

Restorative Justice Saturday, September 12, 2020 Summary: Sunday, September 6—Friday, September 11, 2020 Our best self wants to restore relationships, and not just blame or punish. This is the “economy of grace” and an operative idea of restorative justice. (Sunday) Jesus, who represents God, usually transforms people at the moments when they most hate themselves,… Continue Reading Restorative Justice: Weekly Summary