Tag Archives: Suffering

Our Foundational Commitment

Action and Contemplation: Part One Our Foundational Commitment Sunday, January 5, 2020 The most important word in our Center’s name is not Action nor is it Contemplation; it’s the word and. We need both compassionate action and contemplative practice for the spiritual journey. Without action, our spirituality becomes lifeless and bears no authentic fruit. Without contemplation, all our doing comes from… Continue Reading Our Foundational Commitment

Incarnation: Weekly Summary

Incarnation Summary: Sunday, December 22—Friday, December 28, 2019 God, who is Infinite Love, incarnates that love as the universe itself. Then, a mere 2,000 years ago, as Christians believe, God incarnated in personal form as Jesus of Nazareth. (Sunday) Divine incarnation took the form of an Indwelling Presence in every human soul and in all… Continue Reading Incarnation: Weekly Summary

A Radical Surrendering

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Part One A Radical Surrendering Wednesday, December 11, 2019 Step Three: Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood God. [1] We each have our inner program for happiness, our plans by which we can be secure, esteemed, and in control, and… Continue Reading A Radical Surrendering

Waiting in Darkness

Darkness Waiting in Darkness Friday, December 6, 2019 The darkness of this world will never totally go away. I’ve lived long enough and offered spiritual direction enough to know that darkness isn’t going to disappear, but that, as John’s Gospel says, “the light shines on inside of the darkness, and the darkness will not overcome… Continue Reading Waiting in Darkness

The Suffering of God

Oneness The Suffering of God Sunday, September 22, 2019 I am not alone in my tiredness or sickness or fears, but at one with millions of others from many centuries, and it is all part of life. —Etty Hillesum [1] Just days before I began writing my book about the Universal Christ, I learned that… Continue Reading The Suffering of God

Mystic: Howard Thurman: Weekly Summary

Mystic: Howard Thurman Summary: Sunday, July 21—Friday, July 26, 2019 The goal of life is God! The source of life is God! —Howard Thurman (Sunday) God reveals God’s Presence out of the mystery of Being. —Howard Thurman (Monday) Faith teaches us that God is. —Howard Thurman (Tuesday) It has long been a matter of serious… Continue Reading Mystic: Howard Thurman: Weekly Summary

Engagement

Prophets: Part Two Engagement Friday, July 12, 2019 We live by responding to the word of God . . . since this word is addressed to our entire life, the response, too, can only be an entire one; it must be given with our entire life as it is realized in all our several actions.­… Continue Reading Engagement

Many Paths to Contemplation

Conscious Parenting Many Paths to Contemplation Tuesday, June 25, 2019 After recently visiting Mexico and some of the refugee centers along the Texas border and seeing so many children and babies with their parents, I was reminded that contemplative Christianity’s rather monastic, solitary, silent approach just can’t be adequate to describe contemplation for most people.… Continue Reading Many Paths to Contemplation

How We Love

Conscious Love How We Love Sunday, June 16, 2019 How we relate to someone we love . . . provides an extremely clear and accurate mirror of how we relate to ourselves. —John Welwood [1] Authentic love is of one piece. How you love anything is how you love everything. Jesus commands us to “Love… Continue Reading How We Love

Saved by the Cross

Jesus’ Resurrection Saved by the Cross Tuesday, April 23, 2019 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but we have one who was like us in every way, experienced every temptation, and never backtracked. —Hebrews 4:15 (my translation) Jesus walked, enjoyed, and suffered the entire human… Continue Reading Saved by the Cross

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