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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

Step 11: The Contemplative Mind

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 3 Step 11: The Contemplative Mind Thursday, December 3, 2015 We sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God, as we understood [God], praying only for the knowledge of [God’s] will for us and the power to carry that out. —Step 11 of the Twelve Steps The word… Continue Reading Step 11: The Contemplative Mind

Emotional Sobriety

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 1 Emotional Sobriety Thursday, November 19, 2015 Bill Wilson saw “emotional sobriety” as the final culmination of the Twelve Steps. Full sobriety is not just to stop drinking, but to become a spiritually awakened person who has found some degree of detachment from your own narcissistic emotional responses. The word emotion comes… Continue Reading Emotional Sobriety

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