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Tag Archives: Tradition

The Benedictine Wisdom of “Ora et Labora”

Wisdom The Benedictine Wisdom of “Ora et Labora” Tuesday, February 23, 2021 If Jesus was a wisdom master who sought to transform the consciousness of his disciples through a way of life, the desert communities that sprung up in the fourth century may have been an attempt to carry on that traditional way of teaching.… Continue Reading The Benedictine Wisdom of “Ora et Labora”

The Three Domes

The Cosmic Egg The Three Domes Sunday, January 24, 2021 Just as the body needs food, so the soul needs meaning, and the spirit needs ultimate meaning. Often that meaning is communicated through story. The function of all mythologies, religion, and even family lore is to help us situate ourselves inside of a safe and… Continue Reading The Three Domes

A Call to Be One

Public Virtue A Call to Be One Wednesday, November 4, 2020 I return once again to the prophetic words of Sister Joan Chittister who calls us to make an unflinching commitment to act with integrity—out of the fullness of our being—not simply our pragmatic, comfortable, or fearful selves. As a people, we are at a… Continue Reading A Call to Be One

Reorder: The Promised Land

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part Three Reorder: The Promised Land Sunday, August 23, 2020 Our recent Daily Meditations have been focusing on what seems to me a universal pattern of spiritual transformation that takes us from Order, through Disorder, to Reorder. Order, by itself, normally wants to eliminate any disorder or diversity, creating a narrow and… Continue Reading Reorder: The Promised Land

The Universal Pattern

Order, Disorder, Reorder: Part One The Universal Pattern Sunday, August 9, 2020 It seems quite clear that we grow by passing beyond some perfect Order, through an often painful and seemingly unnecessary Disorder, to an enlightened Reorder or resurrection. This is the universal pattern that connects and solidifies our relationships with everything around us. This… Continue Reading The Universal Pattern

Speaking Out

Disciples, Prophets, and Mystics Speaking Out Monday, March 16 Prophets must first be true disciples of their faith. In fact, it is their deep love for their tradition that allows them to criticize it at the same time. This is almost always the hallmark of a prophet. Their deepest motivation is not negative but profoundly… Continue Reading Speaking Out

Moving Forward by Looking Back

Summary: An Evolving Faith Moving Forward by Looking Back Wednesday, January 1, 2020 News Year’s Day It seems appropriate to begin the new year by sharing new visions for the future of Christianity. For our faith to evolve, we need to look at the old and original in order to build something new and novel.… Continue Reading Moving Forward by Looking Back

A Cross-Section of Space-Time

Church: Old and New A Cross-Section of Space-Time Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Choan-Seng Song, a theologian and author, has worked tirelessly to decolonize the image of God and Jesus brought to people in Asia by Western missionaries. His writings are a wonderful example of the global nature of movements emerging in Christianity. Song was born… Continue Reading A Cross-Section of Space-Time

Rummage Sales

Church: Old and New Rummage Sales Sunday, October 27, 2019 I have come to set fire upon the earth, and how I wish it were already blazing. —Luke 12:49 People are rightly concerned by the loss of property through fire. However, forestry workers understand that from the destruction caused by fire emerges new growth, new… Continue Reading Rummage Sales

The Self-in-God

Western Christianity The Self-in-God Tuesday, September 18, 2018 In his booklet That We May Be One, Thomas Keating writes about two models of spirituality and how they influence our growth in God’s likeness: Since the Reformation, the Christian Tradition has been somewhat focused on doctrinal differences rather than on the spiritual journey itself and the… Continue Reading The Self-in-God

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