Tag Archives: contemplation

One: Intimate

Our world is filled with wonder. Perhaps the vocation of artist allows me to see the extraordinary in the ordinary. Gazing out my kitchen window, the beauty of the spaces between things and the occasional spectacular sunset leave me awestruck. A quote “When we contemplate the wonders of evolutionary history in both its smallest and […]

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One: Separation

“Irenaeus (130-202) intuited … that to neutralize matter, to teach that creation does not come from holy substance, would lead to the abuse of creation. [creation ex nihilo, creation out of nothing] was a convenient “truth” . . . [meaning] … Matter was not holy. … It was essentially devoid of sacred energy. So, every […]

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One: Second Coming

”If Christ were to come back to complete his work today, I’ve thought, what would he think of the world we’ve created? And what would we think of him? With these thoughts tumbling around in my head, I decided to start looking for messiahs.” National Geographic, Messiah Complex, August 2017 p86, Jonas Bendiksen Finding new […]

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One: Becoming Whole

“Personal transformation and social transformation are one piece. . . . The true spiritual quest is not that I become whole. Informed by the belief that the world is birthed by God and is precious and sacred and one, the true spiritual quest is that the world become whole—and we along with it.” Jack Jezreel quoted […]

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One: True Theology

“In the early Church, there was a clear understanding that we needed to advance from the self-understanding or self-contemplation that taught us to discipline our greedy instincts and cravings to the “natural contemplation” that perceived and venerated the wisdom of God in the order of the world and allowed us to see created reality for […]

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One: Reason

The hiding place “Matter is, and has always been, the hiding place for Spirit, forever offering itself to be discovered anew. Perhaps this is exactly what Jesus means when he says, “I am the gate” (John 10:7). Francis and his female companion, Clare, …somehow knew that the beyond was not really beyond, but in the […]

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One: Meditation

On occasion, I hear accusations against the practice of mediation. Some believe it is foreign to the Christian faith. Not so. Jesus had Eastern roots We must remember, Jesus was Jewish. He came from a solidly Jewish background. His religious teachings and thought processes were decidedly Eastern. Christian contemplation  In the beginning years of Christianity, the […]

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