Tag Archives: wholeness

Knowledge of Good and Evil

Suffering: Week 1 Knowledge of Good and Evil Tuesday, October 16, 2018 During our recent CONSPIRE 2018 conference, we explored how the path of descent is the path of transformation. Darkness, failure, relapse, death, and woundedness are our primary teachers. We looked at personal and societal suffering including slavery, the oppression of Native Americans and… Continue Reading Knowledge of Good and Evil

Christ is Everyman and Everywoman

Eastern Christianity Christ is Everyman and Everywoman Monday, September 10, 2018 Many passages in the New Testament give a cosmic meaning to Jesus as the Eternal Christ (Colossians 1, Ephesians 1, John 1), but the Eastern fathers of the Church were the first (and last) to make this into a full theology until Bonaventure and… Continue Reading Christ is Everyman and Everywoman

Practical Prayer

Early Christianity Practical Prayer Friday, September 7, 2018 In the same way as the early church, the desert Christians were deeply committed to Jesus’ teachings and lived practice. Withdrawal to the wilderness—whether into close-knit communities or solitude—was only for the sake of deeper encounter and presence. Diana Butler Bass describes the natural flow from prayer… Continue Reading Practical Prayer

Love, Sex, and Cosmic Evolution

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Love, Sex, and Cosmic Evolution Friday, April 27, 2018 Sister Ilia Delio, a Franciscan professor and theologian, has a wonderful way of making the brilliant writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin accessible. Teilhard (1881-1955) was a French philosopher, Jesuit priest, and paleontologist who brought a scientific and mystical perspective to… Continue Reading Love, Sex, and Cosmic Evolution

Mary Magdalene

Gender and Sexuality: Week 2 Mary Magdalene Wednesday, April 25, 2018 Today I’ll offer a glimpse into Cynthia Bourgeault’s deep study of Mary Magdalene. Cynthia draws from the unfortunately named “Gnostic” gospels of Mary, Thomas, and Philip. Even though these texts are not part of the biblical canon, I believe they offer wisdom deeper than… Continue Reading Mary Magdalene

Reuniting Our Separated Selves

Gender and Sexuality: Week 1 Reuniting Our Separated Selves Tuesday, April 17, 2018 The body is a sacrament . . . a visible sign of invisible grace. . . . All our inner life and intimacy of soul longs to find an outer mirror. It longs for a form in which it can be seen,… Continue Reading Reuniting Our Separated Selves

Wholeness

Gender and Sexuality: Week 1 Wholeness Monday, April 16, 2018 In the Hebrew Scriptures, prior to the influence of the Platonic dualism that deemed body as bad and spirit as good, there is a much more integrated notion of the human being. The biblical writers believed that the divine breath, breathed into Adam and Eve,… Continue Reading Wholeness

The Great Turning

The Natural World: Week 2 The Great Turning Wednesday, March 14, 2018 When we look down on the Earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet. It looks like a living, breathing organism. But it also at the same time, looks extremely fragile. —Ron Garan, NASA Astronaut [1] I have set before you… Continue Reading The Great Turning

The Great Nest of Being

Creation: Week 1 The Great Nest of Being Wednesday, February 14, 2018 (Ash Wednesday) The “Catholic synthesis” of the early Middle Ages had its limitations, but at its best it held together one coherent world. It was a positive intellectual vision that was not defined by opposition or enemies, but by the clarity and beauty… Continue Reading The Great Nest of Being

How Can Everything Be Sacred?

Introduction: Image and Likeness How Can Everything Be Sacred? Tuesday, January 2, 2018 The three monotheistic religions (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) teach that one Creator formed all things. There is thus a radical unity at the heart of the universe’s pluriformity, resolving any conflict between diversity and the shared “divine DNA” found in creation. This theo-logic allows… Continue Reading How Can Everything Be Sacred?

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