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The Inevitable Spiral of Violence

Nonviolence The Inevitable Spiral of Violence Tuesday, September 19, 2017 Dom Hélder Câmara (1909-1999) was a Brazilian archbishop and brilliant nonviolent activist who offered a model for understanding how structural injustice leads to greater violence. [1] I overlay Dom Hélder’s teaching on the “spiral of violence” with traditional Catholic moral teaching which saw the three… Continue Reading The Inevitable Spiral of Violence

Voluntary Poverty

Franciscan Spirituality: Week 1 Voluntary Poverty Wednesday, June 7, 2017 Francis was born in 1181 in Assisi, Italy. Europe and the Muslim world had already endured two crusades. The third crusade began when Francis was a boy, and the fourth when he was twenty-one. In short, the world was obsessed with war, fear, and security.… Continue Reading Voluntary Poverty

The Myth of Redemptive Violence

Jesus as Scapegoat The Myth of Redemptive Violence Monday, May 1, 2017 Leviticus 16 describes the ingenious ritual from which our word “scapegoating” originated. On the Day of Atonement, a priest laid hands on an “escaping” goat, placing all the sins of the Jewish people from the previous year onto the animal. Then the goat… Continue Reading The Myth of Redemptive Violence

The Scapegoat Mechanism

Jesus as Scapegoat The Scapegoat Mechanism Sunday, April 30, 2017 As I mentioned last week, Jesus on the cross echoes three healing images: the Passover lamb, the “Lifted-Up One,” and the scapegoat ritual. The third symbol deserves a deeper exploration because it is central to understanding how Jesus resets the pattern of history. We’ll spend… Continue Reading The Scapegoat Mechanism

Changing the Game

Love Summary for the Year: Week 2 Changing the Game Monday, December 26, 2016 (Feast of St. Stephen) Today I encourage you to read the account of the death of Stephen (Acts 7:58-60). Stephen, the proto-martyr of Christianity, has become a new Jesus, which is henceforth the only and never-ending goal. Jesus and Stephen state… Continue Reading Changing the Game

Jesus Reveals the Lie of Scapegoating

Nonviolence Jesus Reveals the Lie of Scapegoating Thursday, October 13, 2016 If your ego is still in charge, you will find a disposable person or group on which to project your problems. People who haven’t come to at least a minimal awareness of their own dark side will always find someone else to hate or… Continue Reading Jesus Reveals the Lie of Scapegoating

Giving Birth to God

Creation Giving Birth to God Wednesday, January 28, 2015 From the beginning until now, the entire creation as we know it has been groaning in one great act of giving birth. —Romans 8:22 Creation did not happen once by a flick of the Divine hand, and now it’s slowly winding down—which is what we’ve assumed… Continue Reading Giving Birth to God

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