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Love of Others Begins with Love of Self

We belong to a mutually beneficial web of connection, well-being, and love. Continue Reading Love of Others Begins with Love of Self

Shadow Work in the Gospels

Carl Jung Shadow Work in the Gospels Wednesday, November 24, 2021 Father Richard describes Jung’s concept of the shadow and how it is present in Jesus’ teachings. The ego wants to eliminate all humiliating or negative information in order to “look good” at all costs. Jesus calls this self an “actor,” a word he uses… Continue Reading Shadow Work in the Gospels

Loving the “True You”

An Expanding Love Loving the “True You” Wednesday, March 17, 2021 St. Patrick’s Day I very much enjoyed my time with Bishop Michael Curry, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, when we worked together on the Reclaiming Jesus project and when I had dinner at his house in New York City. He reminds us… Continue Reading Loving the “True You”

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

A Silent Love

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two A Silent Love Monday, October 26, 2020 Nowhere is my destination. And no one is my identity. My daily bread is powerlessness. Temptations can be overwhelming. Gone is every hope of help. An abyss opens up within me. I am falling, falling, Plunging into non-existence. Is this annihilation?… Continue Reading A Silent Love

Spiritual Development

Thomas Keating: The Secret Embrace, Part Two Spiritual Development Sunday, October 25, 2020 Before we continue exploring Thomas Keating’s poems from The Secret Embrace under the helpful guidance of Cynthia Bourgeault, I want to offer a basic overview of the stages of spiritual development that I have used for years with spiritual directees and in… Continue Reading Spiritual Development

An Uncreated Spark

The Perennial Tradition An Uncreated Spark Thursday, August 15, 2019 Eknath Easwaran (1910–1999) was an Indian born spiritual teacher and author, as well as a translator and interpreter of early Hindu texts such as the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. I was personally introduced to him during a visit from Henri Nouwen in the late… Continue Reading An Uncreated Spark

Two Roles of Religion

Judaism Two Roles of Religion Sunday, August 26, 2018 The chief fruit of Old Testament spirituality was a long-term education that gradually weaned the Chosen People away from their narrow concept of God as one among many other Near Eastern gods to the Transcendent One. The monotheistic God is the great gift of Israel to… Continue Reading Two Roles of Religion

Creation: Week 2 Summary

Creation: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, February 18-Friday, February 23, 2018 The Divine Presence is happening in, through, and amidst every detail of life . . . [It] penetrates all that exists. Everything in virtue of coming into existence is in relationship to this Source. —Thomas Keating (Sunday) In the model of the universe as God’s… Continue Reading Creation: Week 2 Summary

The Work of Contemplation

Exploring the Mystics with Cynthia Bourgeault The Work of Contemplation Friday, October 20, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault continues reflecting on the classic, anonymous text of Christian mysticism, The Cloud of Unknowing. As I mentioned yesterday, I approach The Cloud in a different way than it is typically understood. While reading… Continue Reading The Work of Contemplation

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