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Tag Archives: ritual

The Importance of Practice

Love waits to be invited and desired, and only then rushes in. Continue Reading The Importance of Practice

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

Go Back to the Gospels

Mary Magdalene Go Back to the Gospels Monday, July 20, 2020 Today, Cynthia Bourgeault, a member of the CAC’s teaching faculty, shares an epiphany she had about the significance of Mary Magdalene’s presence at the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. I was spending Holy Week 2005 on a “working retreat” with the Fraternités monastiques… Continue Reading Go Back to the Gospels

Seeing Beyond Ourselves

Liminal Space Seeing Beyond Ourselves Friday, May 1, 2020 After decades of observation, I can honestly say that the United States is a ritually starved culture. We are too easily satisfied with making a sign of the cross or blowing out candles on our birthday cake. True rituals create liminal space (from the Latin word… Continue Reading Seeing Beyond Ourselves

The Patterns That Are Always True

Richard Rohr introduces this week’s Daily Meditation theme on “Reality Initiating Us,” addressing our current global crisis as a collective initiation experience which we are all undergoing. Reality Initiating Us: Part One The Patterns That Are Always True Sunday, March 29, 2020 In this time of global crisis, it may be that reality is revealing… Continue Reading The Patterns That Are Always True

Growing in Christ: Week 1 Summary

Growing in Christ: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, March 17—Friday, March 22, 2019 Religion and various models of human development seem to suggest there are two major tasks for each human life. The first task is to build a strong “container” or identity; the second is to find the contents that the container was meant to… Continue Reading Growing in Christ: Week 1 Summary

Holy Blood

This Is My Body Holy Blood Tuesday, March 5, 2019 As if eating his body weren’t enough, Jesus pushes us in even further and scarier directions by adding the symbolism of intoxicating wine as he lifts the cup and speaks over all of suffering humanity, “This is my blood.” Jesus then dares to say, “Drink… Continue Reading Holy Blood

Initiation

Primal and Indigenous Spirituality Initiation Thursday, August 9, 2018 Life and grace seem to move us along, often without our notice, toward greater maturity, inclusivity, and nondual wisdom. But at certain points along the way, humans are prone to getting stuck unless we have some kind of initiatory experience, healing rites of passage, and the… Continue Reading Initiation

The Universal and Unifying Meal

Eucharist The Universal and Unifying Meal Thursday, July 26, 2018 The mystery of sharing food and a common table takes place on different levels. First there is the unifying idea of sharing the same food. Then there is the symbolism of the table itself: where you sit at the table, how the table is arranged,… Continue Reading The Universal and Unifying Meal

The Christian Mime

Eucharist The Christian Mime Wednesday, July 25, 2018 At his last supper, which might also have been the Jewish Passover meal, Jesus gave us an action, a mime, a sacred ritual for his community that would summarize his core and lasting message for the world—one to keep repeating until his return to hold the group… Continue Reading The Christian Mime

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