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Crisis Contemplation

Crisis Contemplation Crisis Contemplation Monday, July 26, 2021 CAC faculty member Barbara Holmes brilliantly teaches about contemplation but not in the way we typically think about it. She understands contemplation as the soul’s arising even in the midst of the most challenging crises humanity faces. Her new book Crisis Contemplation describes how this is the… Continue Reading Crisis Contemplation

Doorways to Christian Contemplation: Weekly Summary

Doorways to Christian Contemplation Saturday, July 17, 2021 Week Twenty-Eight Summary and Practice Sunday, July 11—Friday, July 16, 2021 Sunday The diverse methods of contemplation are the many varied, fruitful, and life-giving practices and ways of praying that are nourished from the same root—the Sacred Presence. Monday Jesus said, “Judge not and you shall not… Continue Reading Doorways to Christian Contemplation: Weekly Summary

God Is Always Choosing People

Great Themes of Scripture: Hebrew Bible God Is Always Choosing People Friday, July 2, 2021 Much of the Bible is largely character development and transformation of persons and institutions. It usually begins with an experience of “election” or chosenness. There’s no getting started, it seems, without somehow knowing oneself as special and empowered. Then the… Continue Reading God Is Always Choosing People

Spiritual Direction: Weekly Summary

Spiritual Direction Saturday, June 26, 2021 Week Twenty-Five Summary and Practice Sunday, June 20—Friday, June 25, 2021 Sunday No matter the religion or denomination in which we are raised, our spirituality still comes through the first filter of our own life experience. Monday As a spiritual midwife, the director’s task is to pay attention, to… Continue Reading Spiritual Direction: Weekly Summary

Dualistic Clarity Before Nondual Oneness

Oneness Dualistic Clarity Before Nondual Oneness Friday, May 28, 2021 We must operate from a level of nondual consciousness to understand more fully the oneness or unity that the Gospel and the Christian scriptures offer us. The divine image and dignity are inherent in every being. We have the freedom and honor of choosing to… Continue Reading Dualistic Clarity Before Nondual Oneness

Making a Choice

Choosing Love in a Time of Evil Making a Choice Wednesday, May 19, 2021 Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. —Viktor Frankl The quote above sounds like something a teacher of contemplation would say! The… Continue Reading Making a Choice

Mystical Marriage: Weekly Summary

Mystical Marriage Saturday, May 15, 2021 Week Nineteen Summary and Practice Sunday, May 9—Friday, May 14, 2021 Sunday The big and hidden secret is this: an infinite God seeks and desires intimacy with the human soul. Once we experience such intimacy, only the intimate language of lovers describes the experience for us: mystery, tenderness, singularity,… Continue Reading Mystical Marriage: Weekly Summary

The Work That Reconnects

The Contemplative Call to Nature The Work That Reconnects Friday, April 23, 2021 A few years ago, some members of our CAC community and I were blessed to be able to spend a week at Ghost Ranch with Joanna Macy. Joanna is a brilliant Buddhist teacher, a systems thinker, deep ecologist, and activist for peace,… Continue Reading The Work That Reconnects

Telling a New Story

A New Story Telling a New Story Friday, January 15, 2021 In their book Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy, Buddhist teacher Joanna Macy and her co-author Chris Johnstone talk about the “Three Stories of Our Time.” In the first of these [stories], Business as Usual, the defining assumption… Continue Reading Telling a New Story

The Second Gaze

Contemplation and Action Summary The Second Gaze Friday, January 1, 2021 New Year’s Day Contemplation happens to everyone. It happens in moments when we are open, undefended, and immediately present. —Gerald May Even after fifty years of practicing contemplation, my immediate response to most situations includes attachment, defensiveness, judgment, control, and analysis. I am better at… Continue Reading The Second Gaze

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