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Cosmic Hope

Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary Richard’s love for the Trinity finds inspiration from the Franciscan mystical scholar St. Bonaventure (c. 1217–1274), who viewed all reality as coming from, participating with, and returning to God. Such a cosmic vision is mystical hope at its best! Bonaventure’s vision is positive, mystic, cosmic, intimately relational, and… Continue Reading Cosmic Hope

Seeking Aliveness

Carl Jung Seeking Aliveness Thursday, November 25, 2021 Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. Ann Ulanov is a noted Jungian scholar, theologian, and therapist. Here she writes about “aliveness” as the key to transformation: Aliveness comes down to one thing—consenting to rise, to be dented, impressed, pressed in upon, to rejoin, to open, to ponder, to… Continue Reading Seeking Aliveness

The God Archetype

Carl Jung The God Archetype Monday, November 22, 2021 Father Richard shares the importance of archetypes for the soul’s encounter with God, which Jung explored in great depth. Depth psychology tells us that our lives are guided by subconscious, ruling images which Jung calls archetypes. Jungian archetypes include the father, the mother, the eternal child,… Continue Reading The God Archetype

Creation Is Very Good

Original Goodness Creation Is Very Good Tuesday, October 26, 2021 God saw all God had made, and indeed it was very good. —Genesis 1:31 In Judaism, there is no concept of “original sin.” Instead of believing humans are born in sin, Judaism affirms our place in a “very good” creation. Rabbi Ellen Bernstein is a… Continue Reading Creation Is Very Good

Wholeness as Holiness

Oneness Wholeness as Holiness Tuesday, May 25, 2021 Spare me perfection. Give me instead the wholeness that comes from embracing the full reality of who I am, just as I am.—David Benner, Human Being and Becoming Author and psychotherapist David Benner writes of the importance of embracing “wholeness” as a path to holiness, which recognizes… Continue Reading Wholeness as Holiness

Our Faith Is in Community

Oneness Our Faith Is in Community Monday, May 24, 2021 The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs, heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if only we suffer with him so that we may also be glorified with him. (Romans 8:16–17) We’re… Continue Reading Our Faith Is in Community

The Contemplative’s Call to Nature

The Contemplative Call to Nature The Contemplative’s Call to Nature Wednesday, April 21, 2021 The monk here and now is supposed to be living the life of the new creation in which the right relation to all the rest of God’s creatures is fully restored. Hence, Desert Father stories about tame lions and all that… Continue Reading The Contemplative’s Call to Nature

Mystical Holism

All Will Be Well Mystical Holism Friday, April 9, 2021 I am convinced that the Gospel offers us a holistic understanding of salvation. If we understand the resurrection as a universal phenomenon, we can see this idea everywhere in Pauline passages, expressed in different ways. Here are some examples: “in that one body he condemned… Continue Reading Mystical Holism

The Great Chain of Being

Nature, Cosmos, and Connection The Great Chain of Being Tuesday, February 16, 2021 Francis would call creatures, no matter how small, by the name of “brother” or “sister,” because he knew they shared with him the same beginning. —Bonaventure, The Life of Blessed Francis I would like to reclaim an ancient, evolving, and very Franciscan… Continue Reading The Great Chain of Being

“The Story”

The Cosmic Egg “The Story” Wednesday, January 27, 2021 The largest and final dome is the realm of universal meaning. This sacred canopy is The Story that is always true, the patterns that every culture and religion discover in some manner. This level assures and insures the other two. It holds them together in sacred… Continue Reading “The Story”