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Reality Initiating Us: Part One: Weekly Summary

Reality Initiating Us: Part One Summary: Sunday, March 29–Friday, April 3, 2020 In this time of global crisis, it may be that reality is revealing itself to us—through great suffering—universal patterns that are always true. (Sunday) We do not handle suffering; suffering handles us— in deep and mysterious ways that become the very matrix of… Continue Reading Reality Initiating Us: Part One: Weekly Summary

Lesson One: Life Is Hard

Reality Initiating Us: Part One Lesson One: Life Is Hard Monday, March 30, 2020 You have to be sick and tired of being sick and tired before recovery can begin. —Twelve Step Wisdom All great spirituality is about what we do with our pain. Creation has a pattern of wisdom; and we dare not shield… Continue Reading Lesson One: Life Is Hard

The Path of Descent: Weekly Summary

The Path of Descent Saturday, March 28, 2020
 Summary: Sunday, March 22-Friday, March 27, 2020  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 (Sunday) We abandon the self-improvement project and instead surrender to the Holy Fire. –Mirabai Starr… Continue Reading The Path of Descent: Weekly Summary

The Dark Emotions

The Path of Descent The Dark Emotions Thursday, March 26, 2020 Author and Episcopal priest Barbara Brown Taylor invites us to consider the lessons that suffering has to teach us and reminds us that we can only learn when we are willing to stay put instead of turning away. [Psychotherapist Miriam] Greenspan says that painful… Continue Reading The Dark Emotions

Crisis Contemplation

The Path of Descent Crisis Contemplation Tuesday, March 24, 2020 The curtailing of individual freedom to live, move, and work may be a new experience for some of us—but is familiar to communities who have suffered from oppression for centuries. By necessity, they have developed ways of coping with fear and uncertainty on an individual… Continue Reading Crisis Contemplation

The Path of Descent

The Path of Descent The Path of Descent Monday, March 23, 2020 The CONSPIRE 2018 conference focused on the Path of Descent as the Path of Transformation. Suffering is a universal experience occurring across space and time, revealing the “big T” Truth that going down, going through, and going into the unknown can be powerfully transformative. In the meditations this week I will be sharing the wisdom offered by my fellow teachers at the CAC, whom I also call my friends. I hope you will trust their insights as you… Continue Reading The Path of Descent

Suffering in Solidarity

The Path of Descent Suffering in Solidarity
 Sunday, March 22, 2020 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] The “cross,” rightly understood, always reveals various kinds of resurrection. It’s as if God were holding… Continue Reading Suffering in Solidarity

Life Coming to a Focus

A Homily from Richard Rohr Life Coming to a Focus Friday, March 20 As we grow in the spiritual life, our life will become increasingly centered. Only a few things will really matter. Because of the coronavirus outbreak, I see a lot of people right now thinking this way. There’s a sense that we’re all… Continue Reading Life Coming to a Focus

Love Alone Overcomes Fear

A Message from Richard Rohr about COVID-19 Love Alone Overcomes Fear March 19, 2020 It is shocking to think how much the world has changed in such a brief time. Each of us has had our lives and communities disrupted. Of course, I am here in this with you. I feel that I’m in no… Continue Reading Love Alone Overcomes Fear

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

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