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Letting Go of What Used to Be

An Evolving Faith Letting Go of What Used to Be Thursday, June 3, 2021 God is doing new things, Jesus proclaimed, but only those with new minds and hearts can see a new world breaking through the cracks of the old. —Ilia Delio, The Hours of the Universe If evolution is the language of growth… Continue Reading Letting Go of What Used to Be

A Mystic for Our Times

All Will Be Well A Mystic for Our Times Monday, April 5, 2021 My friend Matthew Fox published a book during the COVID-19 pandemic about Julian of Norwich. I love Julian’s teachings because she focuses on God’s infinite love, goodness, and mercy. Even during the Black Death (bubonic plague) in which perhaps a third of… Continue Reading A Mystic for Our Times

Wisdom beyond the Veil

Communion of Saints Wisdom beyond the Veil Tuesday, March 9, 2021 By passing along the narrow road they widened it, and while they went along, trampling on the rough ways, they went ahead of us. —Augustine of Hippo, Sermon for the feast of Saint Quadratus I can’t imagine that God expects all human beings to… Continue Reading Wisdom beyond the Veil

How Difficult It Is to See Clearly

Learning How to See How Difficult It Is to See Clearly Sunday, February 28, 2021 Every viewpoint is a view from a point. Unless we recognize and admit our own personal and cultural viewpoints, we will never know how to decentralize our own perspective. We will live with a high degree of illusion and blindness… Continue Reading How Difficult It Is to See Clearly

Wisdom: Weekly Summary

Wisdom Saturday, February 27, 2021 Week Eight Summary and Practice Sunday, February 21—Friday, February 26, 2021 Sunday Jesus teaches his disciples through his lifestyle, a kind of “seminary of life.” Monday What Jesus experiences in his consciousness, we are to experience in ours. We are to enter into his very heart, the center of his… Continue Reading Wisdom: Weekly Summary

Becoming Wise Fools

Wisdom Becoming Wise Fools Friday, February 26, 2021 Those who will lead into the future will have some hard-won wisdom. We might call them the “holy fools.” By the holy fool I mean what the Bible and mythic literature have always presented as the “savior.” They are persons who are happily, but not naïvely, innocent… Continue Reading Becoming Wise Fools

Moving beyond Conventional Wisdom

Wisdom Moving beyond Conventional Wisdom Thursday, February 25, 2021 Here are the three further “ways of knowing” that can allow us to access greater wisdom: Images: Imaginal knowing is the only way that the unconscious can move into consciousness. It happens through fantasy, through dreams, through symbols, where all is “thrown together” (sym-ballein in Greek).… Continue Reading Moving beyond Conventional Wisdom

Seven Pathways to Wisdom

Wisdom Seven Pathways to Wisdom Wednesday, February 24, 2021 Wisdom is clearly more than mere intelligence, knowledge of facts, or information. Wisdom is more synthesis than analysis, more paradoxical than linear, more a dance than a march. In order to grow in wisdom, we need to move beyond cerebral, rational knowing. As wisdom teacher Cynthia… Continue Reading Seven Pathways to Wisdom

The Benedictine Wisdom of “Ora et Labora”

Wisdom The Benedictine Wisdom of “Ora et Labora” Tuesday, February 23, 2021 If Jesus was a wisdom master who sought to transform the consciousness of his disciples through a way of life, the desert communities that sprung up in the fourth century may have been an attempt to carry on that traditional way of teaching.… Continue Reading The Benedictine Wisdom of “Ora et Labora”

Learning the Wisdom of Jesus

Wisdom Learning the Wisdom of Jesus Monday, February 22, 2021 Although we cannot be a part of Jesus’ original “seminary of life” as the disciples were, contemplative theologian Beatrice Bruteau (1930‒2014) proposes that we can learn the wisdom of Jesus by drawing closer to him, eventually coming to live out of the same consciousness he… Continue Reading Learning the Wisdom of Jesus

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