Tag Archives: True Self

Love Is Our Nature

Peacemakers Love Is Our Nature Sunday, September 15, 2019 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. —Matthew 5:9 Before you speak of peace, you must first have it in your heart. —St. Francis of Assisi [1] Much of Christianity seems to have forgotten Jesus’ teachings on nonviolence. We’ve relegated visions… Continue Reading Love Is Our Nature

Becoming Who You Are

Shadow Work Becoming Who You Are Monday, September 9, 2019 I have learned much from the Swiss psychotherapist Carl Gustav Jung (1875–1961). Jung brought together practical theology with good psychology. He surely was no enemy of religion; in fact, I would call him a mystic. Late in his life, when asked if he “believed” in… Continue Reading Becoming Who You Are

Creating Peaceful Change

Nonviolence Creating Peaceful Change Sunday, August 18, 2019 The root of violence is the illusion of separation—from God, from being one with oneself and everything else, and from Being Itself. When we don’t know how to consciously live out of union (which is called love), we resort to violence, fighting anything that is not like… Continue Reading Creating Peaceful Change

The Performance Principle

Growing in Christ: Week 1 The Performance Principle Friday, March 22, 2019 Religion in the second half of life is finally not a moral matter; it’s a mystical matter. While most of us begin focused on moral proficiency and perfection, we can’t spend our whole lives this way. Paul calls the first-half-of-life approach “the Law”;… Continue Reading The Performance Principle

The Journey of Conversion

Christ in Paul’s Eyes The Journey of Conversion Sunday, February 24, 2019 Surely the biblical writer who most helps us discover the Christ Mystery is the Apostle Paul. Letters by Paul or influenced by him form one third of the New Testament. Paul is a foundational teacher for what became Christianity. [1] Yet he hardly… Continue Reading The Journey of Conversion

Relationship

Contemplation: Week 1 Relationship Tuesday, December 11, 2018 The contemplative potential . . . is the capacity to gradually unfold into intimacy with God. God is relationship: a relationship that has no end and unlimited possibilities. —Thomas Keating [1] Christian contemplation is never simply meditation on something but is necessarily the deepening of relationship with… Continue Reading Relationship

Dying Before We Die

Death and Resurrection: Week 2 Dying Before We Die Thursday, November 22, 2018 Thanksgiving in the United States In one way or another, almost all religions say that you must die before you die, and then you will know what dying means—and what it does not mean! Your usual viewing platform is utterly inadequate to… Continue Reading Dying Before We Die

Do Not Be Afraid

Death and Resurrection: Week 1 Do Not Be Afraid Friday, November 16, 2018 I am aware of the phrase “true self” occurring only once in the Bible. Paul used the words to describe what he was desperately trying to locate in the midst of some major trials with his false self. He wrote of it… Continue Reading Do Not Be Afraid

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

The Most Essential Thing

Love: Week 1 The Most Essential Thing Sunday, October 28, 2018 The most powerful, most needed, and most essential teaching is always Love. Love is our foundation and our destiny. It is where we come from and where we’re headed. As St. Paul famously says, “So faith, hope, and love remain, but the greatest of… Continue Reading The Most Essential Thing

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