Tag Archives: transformation

Take Up Your Cross

Following Jesus Take Up Your Cross Friday, January 25, 2019 Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” —Matthew 16:24 What does it mean to follow Jesus? I believe that we are invited to gaze upon the image of the crucified… Continue Reading Take Up Your Cross

People of the Way

Following Jesus People of the Way Monday, January 21, 2019 Church historian Diana Butler Bass has brought new light to forgotten or misconstrued elements of Christianity. Today I share some of her research on what early Christians thought it meant to follow Jesus: Throughout the first five centuries people understood Christianity primarily as a way… Continue Reading People of the Way

New Wineskins

Following Jesus New Wineskins Sunday, January 20, 2019 Jesus said, “People do not put new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise the skins burst, the wine spills out, and the skins are ruined. Rather, they pour new wine into fresh wineskins, and both are preserved.” —Matthew 9:17 Christians have often preached a Gospel largely comprised of… Continue Reading New Wineskins

Teacher of Wisdom

Jesus: Wisdom Teacher Teacher of Wisdom Sunday, January 13, 2019 This week Cynthia Bourgeault, Episcopal priest and one of CAC’s core faculty members, reflects on Jesus as a wisdom teacher, drawing from her rich understanding of the ancient wisdom tradition. When I talk about Jesus as a wisdom master, I need to mention that in… Continue Reading Teacher of Wisdom

A Revolutionary Matter

Contemplation: Week 2 A Revolutionary Matter Monday, December 17, 2018 Contemplation is beyond the normal consciousness of the mind, granting access to the mystery, known only by love. Here, the normal activities of the human personality come to rest, in order to hear what has remained unheard and to see what has been hidden or… Continue Reading A Revolutionary Matter

The Source of Action

Contemplation: Week 2 The Source of Action Sunday, December 16, 2018 The effectiveness of action depends on the source from which it springs. If it is coming out of the false self with its shadow side, it is severely limited. If it is coming out of a person who is immersed in God, it is… Continue Reading The Source of Action

Transition and Transformation

Death and Resurrection: Week 2 Transition and Transformation Wednesday, November 21, 2018 Just as we have borne the image of the earthy one, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly one. . . . Behold, I tell you a mystery. We shall not all fall asleep, but we will all be changed, in… Continue Reading Transition and Transformation

Becoming Who You Are

Death and Resurrection: Week 1 Becoming Who You Are Thursday, November 15, 2018 There is a thread you follow. It goes among Things that change. But it doesn’t change. People wonder about what you are pursuing. You have to explain about the thread. But it is hard for others to see. While you hold it… Continue Reading Becoming Who You Are

Nearing Death

Death and Resurrection: Week 1 Nearing Death Monday, November 12, 2018 Yesterday I introduced Kathleen Dowling Singh (1946–2017), a hospice worker and psychotherapist who accompanied many people at death’s threshold. She was a dear friend and someone whose wisdom I greatly respect. Last year Singh made her own journey passing from life through death and… Continue Reading Nearing Death

Traumatization of Spirituality

Suffering: Week 2 Traumatization of Spirituality Tuesday, October 23, 2018 James Finley, one of my fellow faculty members at the Center for Action and Contemplation, is a clinical psychologist. He speaks expertly—from a professional, personal, and mystical perspective—on suffering and healing. Here Jim explains how Spanish mystic John of the Cross (1542–1591) allowed trauma to… Continue Reading Traumatization of Spirituality

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