Tag Archives: wholeness

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 Read More »

Love at the Heart of the Universe

Cosmology Love at the Heart of the Universe Tuesday, October 31, 2017 We used to believe that reality was comprised of little separate “elemental” building blocks, but now we realize that nothing exists in isolation; rather, as scientists like Franciscan sister Ilia Delio point out, everything exists as one interconnected whole. In today’s meditation, I Read More »

A New Cosmology

Cosmology A New Cosmology Sunday, October 29, 2017 When I was growing up, the common perception was that science and religion were at odds. Now that we are coming to understand the magnificent nature of the cosmos, we’re finding that many of the intuitions of mystics of all religions are paralleled by scientific theories and Read More »

The Work of Contemplation

Exploring the Mystics with Cynthia Bourgeault The Work of Contemplation Friday, October 20, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault continues reflecting on the classic, anonymous text of Christian mysticism, The Cloud of Unknowing. As I mentioned yesterday, I approach The Cloud in a different way than it is typically understood. While reading Read More »

Don’t Co-Exist. Coalesce!

Exploring the Mystics with Cynthia Bourgeault Don’t Co-Exist. Coalesce! Tuesday, October 17, 2017 Guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault continues reflecting on the Christian mystic Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. The second hopeful resource that Teilhard brings to our unsettled times is his unshakable conviction that evolutionary progress will unfold its ultimate triumph in Read More »

Hildegard of Bingen

Mysticism: Week 1 Hildegard of Bingen Wednesday, September 27, 2017 Throughout the ages, the mystics have kept alive the awareness of our union with God and thus with everything. What some now call creation spirituality, deep salvation, or the holistic Gospel was voiced long ago by the Desert Fathers and Mothers, some Eastern Fathers, in Read More »

Seeing through Shadows

Hope in the Darkness Seeing through Shadows Sunday, September 3, 2017 Spiritual transformation is often thought of as movement from darkness to light. In one sense that is true, while in another sense, this image fails to show the whole picture. Darkness is always present alongside the light. Pure light blinds; shadows are required for Read More »

Cosmic Forgiveness

Forgiveness Cosmic Forgiveness Friday, September 1, 2017 In the deeps are the violence and terror of which psychology has warned us. But if you ride these monsters deeper down, if you drop with them farther over the world’s rim, you find what our sciences cannot locate or name, the substrate, the ocean or matrix or Read More »

The Healing Power of Meditation

Rebuilding on a Contemplative Foundation The Healing Power of Meditation Wednesday, July 12, 2017 When religion is not about healing, it really does not have much to offer people in this life. Many have called such disembodied theology “carrot on the stick” theology or, as my friend Brian McLaren says, we made the Gospel largely Read More »

Contemplation in Action: Week 2 Summary

Contemplation in Action: Week 2 Summary: Sunday, July 2-Friday, July 7, 2017 “We are concerned not just with going to heaven when we die, but with bringing God’s kingdom down here. That means figuring out how we can be a part of the restoration of our world.” —Shane Claiborne (Sunday) Action and contemplation live through Read More »

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