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Tag Archives: Simplicity

Growing into Belonging

Everything Belongs: Week 1 Growing into Belonging Thursday, December 1, 2016 As we grow spiritually, we discover that we are not as separate as we thought we were. Separation from God, self, and others was a deep and tragic illusion. As we grow into deeper connection and union, the things that once brought meaning and… Continue Reading Growing into Belonging

Simplicity: Weekly Summary

Simplicity Summary: Sunday, October 2-Friday, October 7, 2016 I believe that a kind of second simplicity is the very goal of mature adulthood and mature religion. (Sunday) “This amazing simplification comes when we ‘center down,’ when life is lived with singleness of eye, from a holy Center where the breath and stillness of Eternity are… Continue Reading Simplicity: Weekly Summary

Where You Can’t Be Bought Off

Simplicity Where You Can’t Be Bought Off Friday, October 7, 2016 When Francis said, after kissing the leper, “I left the world,” he was saying that he was giving up on the usual payoffs, constraints, and rewards of business-as-usual and was choosing to live in the largest Kingdom of all. To pray and actually mean… Continue Reading Where You Can’t Be Bought Off

Brothers and Sisters to All

Simplicity Brothers and Sisters to All Wednesday, October 5, 2016 My brothers, my sisters, God has called me to walk in the way of humility, and showed me the way of simplicity. . . . The Lord has shown me that he wants me to be a new kind of fool in the world, and… Continue Reading Brothers and Sisters to All

Enoughness and Contentment

Simplicity Enoughness and Contentment Tuesday, October 4, 2016 (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi) We live in a society that places great importance upon external signs of success. We have to assure ourselves and others that we are valuable and important—because we inherently doubt that we are! Thus we are often preoccupied with “one-upping” others.… Continue Reading Enoughness and Contentment

Truth is One

Simplicity Truth is One Monday, October 3, 2016 Thomas R. Kelly (1893-1941), a Quaker missionary, wrote a slender spiritual classic called A Testament of Devotion. I will quote him at length, and you will see another example of perennial wisdom. We are obviously being taught by the One Spirit. Here is Kelly’s powerful description of… Continue Reading Truth is One

Second Naiveté

Simplicity Second Naiveté Sunday, October 2, 2016 My life journey began as a very conservative pre-Vatican II Roman Catholic, pious and law-abiding, living in quiet Kansas, buffered and bounded by my parents’ stable marriage and many lovely liturgical traditions that sanctified my time and space. I was a very happy child and young man, and… Continue Reading Second Naiveté

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