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Reflecting on CONSPIRE 2018

LS Alumni and Students Reflect on CONSPIRE 2018 Mark Longhurst (’15) CONSPIRE 2018 dared to open a thematic gateway to challenging terrain that few spirituality conferences tread: the path of descent as the path of transformation. As Fr. Richard Rohr said in his conference video invitation, “Failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary teachers.… Continue Reading Reflecting on CONSPIRE 2018

Action and Contemplation

Hinduism Action and Contemplation Friday, August 17, 2018 There are three major texts in Hinduism and Indian philosophy: The Vedas are the most ancient Sanskrit writings (as much as three to four thousand years old) containing hymns, philosophy, guidance, and rituals. The Upanishads—which means “what is learned sitting at the feet of”—are later (800-200 BCE), even… Continue Reading Action and Contemplation

God as Us: Week 1 Summary

God as Us: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, November 5-Friday, November 10, 2017 The divine DNA is in everyone and everything God has created “from the beginning.” As humans, we are graced with the capacity to realize this, fully enjoy it, and draw mightily from it. (Sunday) When we call something sacred, we normally mean that… Continue Reading God as Us: Week 1 Summary

Being with Ourselves

Exploring the Mystics with James Finley Being with Ourselves Tuesday, October 10, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues reflecting on the Christian mystic Teresa of Ávila and The Interior Castle. Again, he invites you into a different kind of reading. Let your rational mind rest and allow your heart to awaken.… Continue Reading Being with Ourselves

Made in God’s Image

Exploring the Mystics with James Finley Made in God’s Image Monday, October 9, 2017 CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring The Interior Castle in which Teresa of Ávila describes our soul as a beautiful castle with many rooms; at the center of the castle God dwells. As James shared yesterday, the mystics can’t be… Continue Reading Made in God’s Image

Seven Mansions

Exploring the Mystics with James Finley Seven Mansions Sunday, October 8, 2017 James Finley, one of CAC’s core faculty members, will be reflecting on two mystics from 16th century Spain in this week’s Daily Meditations. James is attuned to the pedagogy of the mystics and invites us to a different kind of reading. As he… Continue Reading Seven Mansions

Connecting with Universal Meaning

Rebuilding on a Contemplative Foundation Connecting with Universal Meaning Sunday, July 9, 2017 Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing: God never changes. Patience obtains all things Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices. —St. Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) [1] Contemplation is a most radical form of self-surrender and… Continue Reading Connecting with Universal Meaning

Self-Critical Thinking

Scripture: Week 1 Self-Critical Thinking Thursday, February 25, 2016 In the Judeo-Christian scriptures, we read about people who found God in the actual, in seemingly secular history, and in mundane daily life. This is the Jewish matrix by which we were gradually prepared for the personal incarnation. It widened, solidified, and paved the runway by… Continue Reading Self-Critical Thinking

Integrating Human and Divine Love

Incarnation: Week 1 Integrating Human and Divine Love Tuesday, January 12, 2016 God is always given, incarnate in every moment and present to those who know how to be present themselves. [1] It is that simple and that difficult. To be present in prayer can be like the experience of being loved at a deep… Continue Reading Integrating Human and Divine Love

We Do Grow, Change, and Evolve

Levels of Development: Week 1 We Do Grow, Change, and Evolve Sunday, December 6, 2015 In the next section of my lineage, I will be discussing one of the most helpful and clarifying elements for the modern mind: understanding things in terms of developmental stages. As a preacher and teacher, I know that I can… Continue Reading We Do Grow, Change, and Evolve

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