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A Loving Partnership

Francis and the Animals A Loving Partnership Friday, October 8, 2021 If you wish to know the Creator, come to know his creatures. —St. Columban, Sermon 1 Scholar Edward Sellner has traced the influence of early Celtic spirituality to places throughout the world, including Francis of Assisi’s area of Italy.   This sense of kinship… Continue Reading A Loving Partnership

The Emotional Intelligence of Animals

Francis and the Animals The Emotional Intelligence of Animals Tuesday, October 5, 2021 I wonder what I ought to tell you about the friendship there was between me and a falcon? —Carlo Carretto, I, Francis Carlo Carretto (1910–1988) was a member of the Little Brothers of Jesus, a community of contemplatives inspired by the spirituality… Continue Reading The Emotional Intelligence of Animals

Living Inside God’s Great Story: Weekly Summary

Living Inside God’s Great Story Saturday, September 4, 2021 Week Thirty-Five Summary and Practice Sunday, August 29—Friday, September 3, 2021 Sunday I would gather my siblings and neighborhood friends and have them sit on a bench in the backyard. I would hold my penny catechism upside down since I couldn’t read yet, and I would… Continue Reading Living Inside God’s Great Story: Weekly Summary

Simple Trust in God’s Presence

Living Inside God’s Great Story Simple Trust in God’s Presence Friday, September 3, 2021 Living School emeritus teacher Cynthia Bourgeault shares how her early exposure to a simple form of quiet prayer impacted her spiritual journey. “Prayer is talking to God”: with these words nearly all of us receive our first religious instruction. Certainly I… Continue Reading Simple Trust in God’s Presence

The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love

Living Inside God’s Great Story The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love Thursday, September 2, 2021 Brian McLaren grew up, as I did, in a very religious home, where “our story” was defined by strict religious obligations, with clear insiders and outsiders. However, a mystical experience in nature opened Brian up to God’s Great Story. He… Continue Reading The Cosmos Reveal God’s Great Love

Lost in the Secret of God’s Face

Living in God’s Great Story Lost in the Secret of God’s Face Wednesday, September 1, 2021 In an episode of his podcast Turning to the Mystics, James Finley shares how he first encountered the work of Thomas Merton (1915–1968) and how it changed the course of his life. He says: When I was at home… Continue Reading Lost in the Secret of God’s Face

Nurturing Body and Spirit

Living Inside God’s Great Story Nurturing Body and Spirit Tuesday, August 31, 2021 The countless “me” and “our” stories reveal the infinite ways that God draws us—as individuals, communities, and cultures—to God’s Self. None of our smaller stories are complete until they are joined to God’s Great Story. Today, my friend and colleague Barbara Holmes… Continue Reading Nurturing Body and Spirit

Absolute Grace and Acceptance

Living Inside God’s Great Story Absolute Grace and Acceptance Monday, August 30, 2021 After high school seminary, my [Richard’s] next step toward becoming a Franciscan was a year-long novitiate in Cincinnati, Ohio. In those days we knelt a lot. I had calluses on my knees because we knelt so much. It was not modern spirituality, but it was… Continue Reading Absolute Grace and Acceptance

A Journey toward Greater Love

Living Inside God’s Great Story A Journey toward Greater Love Sunday, August 29, 2021 At the end of September, the CAC will host the seventh and final CONSPIRE conference. We are calling it Me/Us/The World: Living Inside God’s Great Story. Our own individual stories connect us to the stories of our larger communities and to… Continue Reading A Journey toward Greater Love

Jesus and Bias

Learning How to See Jesus and Bias Wednesday, March 3, 2021 Learning how to see our biases is a psychological exercise, but one with immediate theological and social implications. It demands self-knowledge and the crucial need to recognize (1) when we are in denial about our own shadow and capacity for illusion; (2) our capacity… Continue Reading Jesus and Bias

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