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The Gift of a Simple Life

St. Francis: A Message for Our Times The Gifts of a Simple Life Thursday, October 8, 2020 My brothers! My brothers! God has called me by the way of [humility], and showed me the way of simplicity. . . . The Lord told me what He wanted: He wanted me to be a new fool… Continue Reading The Gift of a Simple Life

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

An Interspiritual Awakening

Interspiritual Mysticism An Interspiritual Awakening Wednesday, September 23, 2020 Today, I introduce you to my friend Adam Bucko, who is a devoted Christian contemplative, Episcopal priest, activist, and friend to the poor. He collaborates with spiritual leaders across religious traditions and mentors young people, helping them discover a spiritual life for the 21st century and… Continue Reading An Interspiritual Awakening

Change Comes from the Inside

Being Peaceful Change Change Comes from the Inside Monday, July 27, 2020 As we come to know our soul gift more clearly, we almost always have to let go of some other “gifts” so we can do our one or two things with integrity. Such letting go frees us from always being driven by what… Continue Reading Change Comes from the Inside

Action and Community

Community Action and Community Monday, May 4, 2020 I truly believe that the Gospel calls the whole world to gather into small communities of basic shared values. But community is an art form, and there are obviously many possible ways of coming together, even as much of the world shelters in place. Who would have… Continue Reading Action and Community

A Community in Transition

Community A Community in Transition Sunday, May 3, 2020 Over the past few years, the Center for Action and Contemplation has been in a time of significant transition. For thirty-two years, CAC staff and volunteers have fostered the development of a global community while wonderfully supporting, amplifying, and communicating my preaching and teaching around the… Continue Reading A Community in Transition

Contemplation and Action

Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross Contemplation and Action Tuesday, April 21, 2020 This is a great favor for those to whom the Lord grants it; the active and the contemplative lives are joined. . . . The will is occupied in its work and contemplation without knowing how. –Teresa of Ávila Author… Continue Reading Contemplation and Action

The Work of Healing

Summary: An Evolving Faith The Work of Healing Tuesday, December 31, 2019 Up to now, top-down religion has pretty much spoiled the show. We need trained experts, scholars, leaders, and teachers, but the truths of Christianity must be made much more accessible, available, localized, and pastoral. Most people do not need to have encyclopedic knowledge… Continue Reading The Work of Healing

Helping Others

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part Two Helping Others Thursday, December 19, 2019 Step Twelve: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. [1] Step Twelve tells addicts that they will never really come to appropriate the power and… Continue Reading Helping Others

Naked Before God

Franciscan Way: Part One Naked Before God Friday, October 4, 2019 Feast of St. Francis of Assisi Mirabai Starr is a friend, fellow New Mexican, and a respected author known for her work translating many mystics. Her words provide insight to a pivotal experience of St. Francis’ life. After Christ spoke to Francis from the… Continue Reading Naked Before God

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