Reflection Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we learn. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and prejudices and the acceptance of love back into our hearts. Love is the essential reality and our purpose on earth. To be consciously aware of it, to experience love in ourselves and others, is the meaning of life.
Earth Month Series Love Made Visible Reflection The heart sees a pattern of loving unity among all things. It reaches below the surface to find love that is visible everywhere. All living beings come from the power of Love and are expressions of love. In our universe, all is one, all is connected. The shelter and nourishment given by trees
Reflection Times of crisis reveal our real moral character. When life is going smoothly, we can float through not having to make decisions that are revealing. But when events force us to make choices based in our basic beliefs, we are exposed for all to see. In this present crisis we have come to understand who those are whose service
Reflection This time may be the beginning of a new era. While some of us long to slip back into the comfort of old patterns, others are sensing that new patterns are possible. This is being learned through the decisions we have been forced to make between what is really necessary, what is really important, and what is just comfortable
Reflection Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us? Luke 24:13-35 That presence of the risen Christ was so real, so powerful that it changed everything for them, and even sent those who fled Jerusalem in fear back to share this incredible good news: the crucifixion had failed, Jesus
Reflection There is a difference between what is legal and what is just. It is possible to lead a life in which all of our actions are aboveboard, but those same actions may still be morally suspect. There is incongruity between living by the letter of the law and by the spirit of it. As Christians we are expected to
Reflection The capacity for experiencing wonder and awe is an important part of our spiritual foundation. The perception of the world as a manifestation of God, with everything as beautiful or good in itself, enables us to experience it with grateful admiration, to live in fascination, to feel peace and ultimately to be at one with ourselves and all else.
Reflection An ecological asceticism works to restore right relations between humankind and otherkind. Rather than the medieval construct of the hierarchy of being…ecological asceticism reconfigures that pyramid into a circle of life with human beings thoroughly interwoven with all other creatures, special in virtue of being conscious and free but utterly interdependent on others for their life. The prophetic response
Earth Month Series Earth Signs Reflection There is a profound Mystery at work in the natural world. The living, pulsing community of this living planet is constantly speaking its message. If we pause, and look, and listen, the Sacred is being revealed always and everywhere. No cathedral of stone has the same ability to reflect Holy Mystery. No choir sings
Reflection Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. As we mark Earth Day this year, the world community is dealing with an unprecedented global threat to human life. We are locked in mutual fear and grief. The structures we considered normal have been disrupted and we have an invisible threat indiscriminate in its assault. It is a moment of