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Thérèse of Lisieux, Part II

Mysticism: Week 2 Thérèse of Lisieux, Part II Wednesday, October 4, 2017 I understand so very well that it is only through love that we can render ourselves pleasing to the good Lord, that love is the one thing I long for. The science of love is the only science I desire. —Thérèse of Lisieux… Continue Reading Thérèse of Lisieux, Part II

Thérèse of Lisieux, Part I

Mysticism: Week 2 Thérèse of Lisieux, Part I Tuesday, October 3, 2017 Thérèse of Lisieux (1873-1897) has long been an important teacher for me. The French Catholic Church of her time emphasized an ideal of human perfection, which took the forms of legalism, perfectionism, and immense self-preoccupation. Yet Thérèse humbly trusted her own experience, as… Continue Reading Thérèse of Lisieux, Part I

Redefining Success

The Path of Descent Redefining Success Monday, July 31, 2017 Much of the teaching and culture that has emerged in recent Christianity has much more to do with Greek philosophy and Roman mythologies than the Gospel. This is not all bad, but we must acknowledge these influences. The ego is naturally attracted to heroic language,… Continue Reading Redefining Success

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 Summary

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, July 17-Friday, July 22, 2016 We grow spiritually much more by doing it wrong than by doing it right. (Sunday) In the late nineteenth century, the young French Carmelite nun, Thérèse of Lisieux, now a Doctor of the Church, returned the spirituality of imperfection to mainline Christianity. She called it… Continue Reading Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 Summary

Receiving Mercy

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 Receiving Mercy Tuesday, July 19, 2016 The French Catholic Church of Thérèse of Lisieux’s time (1873-1897) emphasized an ideal of human perfection, which took the forms of legalism and immense self-preoccupation. Yet Thérèse humbly trusted her own experience and taught the spirituality of imperfection instead. Thérèse is one of my… Continue Reading Receiving Mercy

Rediscovering the Gospel Message

Spirituality of Imperfection: Week 1 Rediscovering the Gospel Message Monday, July 18, 2016 The spirituality of imperfection is, quite simply, the Gospel. However, in the fourth century, Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire. From that time on, the spirituality of imperfection—Jesus’ liberating message—became a subtext, a minority position. Once you align with imperial… Continue Reading Rediscovering the Gospel Message

Two Halves of Life: Week 2 Summary

Two Halves of Life: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, June 19-Friday, June 24, 2016 By definition, authentic God experience is always “too much”! It consoles our True Self only after it has devastated our false self. (Sunday) Second-half-of-life people, like Jesus and the prophets, live with their wills open to cooperate with God’s creative power. (Monday)… Continue Reading Two Halves of Life: Week 2 Summary

In Need of Healing

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 1 In Need of Healing Sunday, May 29, 2016 I believe the Twelve-Step programs are a movement of the Spirit in our time. In creating Alcoholics Anonymous in 1935, Bill Wilson and Dr. Bob Smith, with typical American pragmatism, designed a truly practical program that really worked to change lives. That’s why… Continue Reading In Need of Healing

Everything Is Grace

Grace: Week 2 Everything Is Grace Friday, February 5, 2016 Mercy is not a virtue that you choose to put on one day. Mercy has to be your deepest way of seeing, a generosity of spirit that draws from your identity, your deepest dignity, which is love. It is basically a worldview of abundance, wherein… Continue Reading Everything Is Grace

Step: 6: Undergoing God

Twelve-Step Spirituality: Week 2 Step: 6: Undergoing God Friday, November 27, 2015 We were entirely ready to have God remove all of these defects of character. —Step 6 of the Twelve Steps I like to say that we must “undergo God.” Yes, God is pure and free gift, but there is a necessary undergoing to… Continue Reading Step: 6: Undergoing God

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