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Rights and Responsibilities

What Do We Do With Money? Rights and Responsibilities Wednesday, September 22, 2021 In his unpublished notes on money, Fr. Richard explores a parable that has often troubled faithful Christians, including pastors, theologians, and scripture scholars alike. Maybe the key to an honest Jesus hermeneutic around money has been lost in a parable that many… Continue Reading Rights and Responsibilities

Collective Responsibility

Life as Participation Collective Responsibility Wednesday, September 8, 2021 In my talks on Paul, I tried to show how Paul teaches that we are both saints and sinners on a corporate level—and at the same time. Our holiness lies in participating in the wholeness of the Body of Christ. As I said in my Great… Continue Reading Collective Responsibility

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

The Reciprocity of the Universe

Nature, Cosmos, and Connection The Reciprocity of the Universe Thursday, February 18, 2021 The bloodline of God is connected to everything . . . shells on the ocean shore, the mushrooms growing in the forest, the trees stretching to the clouds, the tiniest speck of snow in the winter, and our dust-to-dustness—we are all connected… Continue Reading The Reciprocity of the Universe

The Three Domes

The Cosmic Egg The Three Domes Sunday, January 24, 2021 Just as the body needs food, so the soul needs meaning, and the spirit needs ultimate meaning. Often that meaning is communicated through story. The function of all mythologies, religion, and even family lore is to help us situate ourselves inside of a safe and… Continue Reading The Three Domes

A Liberating Theology

Liberation A Liberating Theology Wednesday, January 20, 2021 The Brazilian Archbishop Dom Hélder Câmara (1909‒1999) was a truly saintly man and one of my heroes for the Gospel. Although many are not familiar with him today, he was well-known in his lifetime for his love for the poor and his embrace of nonviolence. His teachings… Continue Reading A Liberating Theology

Models of Integration

Contemplation and Action Summary Models of Integration Wednesday, December 30, 2020 Sister Simone Campbell, SSS is someone who truly lives out her commitment to the contemplative path by her actions in the world. She has served as the executive director of NETWORK, the Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, since 2004. You may know her as… Continue Reading Models of Integration

Contemplative Responsibility

Thomas Merton: Contemplation and Action Contemplative Responsibility Monday, November 23, 2020 Thomas Merton has been a primary teacher and inspiration to me ever since I read his book The Sign of Jonas as a teenager. He was one of the most influential American Catholics of the twentieth century. It was Merton who reintroduced the Christian… Continue Reading Contemplative Responsibility

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

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