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Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross: Weekly Summary

Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross Summary: Sunday, April 19 — Friday, April 24, 2020 Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross were part of the “final supernova” of nondual, mystical consciousness in 16th century Spain. (Sunday) Our hearts open either because they have been softened, or perhaps because suffering makes us… Continue Reading Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross: Weekly Summary

Contemplation and Action

Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross Contemplation and Action Tuesday, April 21, 2020 This is a great favor for those to whom the Lord grants it; the active and the contemplative lives are joined. . . . The will is occupied in its work and contemplation without knowing how. –Teresa of Ávila Author… Continue Reading Contemplation and Action

Courage in Times of Trouble

Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross Courage in Times of Trouble Monday, April 20, 2020 Tessa Bielecki is a Christian hermit in the tradition of the Desert Mothers and Fathers. Co-founder of the Spiritual Life Institute, she was a Carmelite monk and Mother Abbess for almost 40 years, establishing experimental monastic communities of men… Continue Reading Courage in Times of Trouble

Praying in Our Time

Teresa of Ávila and John of the Cross Praying in Our Time Sunday, April 19, 2020 As of today, like many of you, I have been in self-isolation for several weeks. Honestly, it is a bit like when I sometimes go on a hermitage during Lent; except now, of course, my prayers are with the… Continue Reading Praying in Our Time

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

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