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The Glory of God in Us

True Self/Separate Self The Glory of God in Us Monday, August 31, 2020 Today we begin with Thomas Merton’s classic description of the True Self as written following his “conversion” at Fourth and Walnut in Louisville. [1] It is so inspired; I want to quote it at length: At the center of our being is… Continue Reading The Glory of God in Us

True Self/Separate Self

True Self/Separate Self True Self/Separate Self Sunday, August 30, 2020 The thing that we have to face is that life is as simple as this. We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and God is shining through it all the time. This is not just a fable or a nice story, it… Continue Reading True Self/Separate Self

Inner Unity

Being Peaceful Change Inner Unity Sunday, July 26, 2020 Before you speak of peace, you must first have it in your heart. —Francis of Assisi Generations of Christians seem to have forgotten Jesus’ teachings on nonviolence. We’ve relegated visions of a peaceful kingdom to a far distant heaven. We hardly believed Jesus could have meant… Continue Reading Inner Unity

Great Love

Mary Magdalene Great Love Thursday, July 23, 2020 One of the lessons we might learn from the Gospel stories of Mary Magdalene is that, in the great economy of grace, all is used and transformed. Nothing is wasted. God uses our egoic desires and identities and leads us beyond them. Jesus’ clear message to his… Continue Reading Great Love

Freedom: An Infinite Possibility of Growth

Inner and Outer Freedom Freedom: An Infinite Possibility of Growth Monday, June 15, 2020 The spirituality of CAC faculty member James Finley has been deeply influenced by the writings of Thomas Merton (1915–1968). In this passage, Jim explores the paradoxical wisdom that true freedom does not come from following our own will but in knowing… Continue Reading Freedom: An Infinite Possibility of Growth

Lesson Three: Your Life Is Hidden with Christ

Reality Initiating Us: Part Two Lesson Three: Your Life Is Hidden with Christ Wednesday,  April 8, 2020 It is true that your life is not about you; rather, “your life is hidden with Christ in God. He is your life, and when he is revealed, you will be revealed in all your glory with him”… Continue Reading Lesson Three: Your Life Is Hidden with Christ

Lesson Two: Your Name Is Written in Heaven

Reality Initiating Us: Part Two Lesson Two: Your Name Is Written in Heaven Tuesday,  April 7, 2020  You are not important, and yet Jesus says, “Rejoice because your name is written in heaven” (Luke 10:20). We need a still point in this twirling world of images and feelings, especially in a time such as ours.… Continue Reading Lesson Two: Your Name Is Written in Heaven

Lesson One: My Yoke Is Easy and My Burden Is Light

Reality Initiating Us: Part Two Lesson One: My Yoke Is Easy and My Burden Is Light Monday,  April 6, 2020  Life is hard, and yet Jesus says, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28). It is hard to bear God—but it is even harder not to bear God. The pain one… Continue Reading Lesson One: My Yoke Is Easy and My Burden Is Light

Lesson Two: You Are Not Important

Reality Initiating Us: Part One Lesson Two: You Are Not Important Tuesday, March 31, 2020 O God, if I worship you in fear of hell, burn me in hell. If I worship you in hope of paradise, shut me out from paradise. But if I worship you for your own sake, do not withhold from… Continue Reading Lesson Two: You Are Not Important

A Tool for Significant Self-Knowledge

Enneagram Part One: Body Center A Tool for Significant Self-Knowledge 
Sunday, February 23, 2020 If we consider it difficult for a healthy society to exist without the foundation of healthy individuals, it becomes imperative to recognize the political value of individual transformation. —Claudio Naranjo [1] For the next three weeks the Daily Meditations will focus on the… Continue Reading A Tool for Significant Self-Knowledge

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