Monday, September 01, 2014

"[M]y 'Buddhist phase' has informed and, I believe, strengthened my understanding and practice of Christianity.  And this is not to say that these ideas aren't found within Christianity.  Mindfulness, non-attachment, wisdom, practice--these are all found within the bible and Christian tradition.  The problem was that my Sunday School training in Christianity never pulled these ideas to the surface.  Ironically, it took an exposure to Buddhism to help me find these treasures within my own faith tradition."

--Richard Beck

Sunday, August 31, 2014

"Each moment is a revelation, a unique gift from God.  We enter it with wonder and gratefulness and with a receptive heart.  This is contemplative living; it is living in God's presence and cultivating the moment. ... Every moment is a gift from God, and we are aware of that fact.  Every moment can be an occasion of contemplation, that is, an opportunity to realize God's love.  The contemplative walks in the presence of God in a moment-to-moment experience of God's love."

-- Fr. Ernest Larkin, O.Carm.

Friday, August 29, 2014

By means of all created things, without exception,
The Divine assails us, penetrates us, and molds us,
We imagine it as distant and inaccessible,
In fact, we live steeped in its burning layers.

--Teilhard de Chardin

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Here is a short but thoughtful conversation on NPR's 'The Takeaway' radio program on the question of whether there is such a thing as a "just war"--a concept developed by Augustine in the 5th century.  Pope Francis recently stated, “The Church has, for 1,500 years, endorsed, embraced, and reinforced the ‘just war’ tradition, which I feel to be extraordinarily unfortunate.”

According to program guest Robert Meagher, professor of philosophy, theology and humanities and author of Killing from the Inside Out: Moral Injury and Just War, "Just war doctrine was never more than a theory and at its worst it was a lie, a deadly lie. It promised at least the possibility of war without sin, war without criminality, war without guilt or shame, war in which men and women would risk their lives but not their souls or their humanity. This theory has been tested for sixteen centuries, and has failed. It is time to declare its death, write its autopsy, reveal its deadly legacy, and point to a future beyond just war."

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

"The cartoon is inspired by the many valid concerns for the future of the church. It is losing members in heaps. The cure is right under its own nose!"
--David Hayward

Monday, August 25, 2014

"Maybe the sermon on the mount is all about Jesus’ seemingly lavish blessing of the world around him especially that which society doesn’t seem to have much time for, people in pain, people who work for peace instead of profit, people who exercise mercy instead of vengeance. So maybe Jesus is actually just blessing people, especially the people who never seem to receive blessings otherwise."

--Nadia Bolz-Weber

"Arguably, one of the most potentially destructive things that can happen to a faith is for it to become the accepted and established religion of the political, cultural, and social unit in which its adherents live.  Certainly, there is no question that Constantine's preempting of Christianity in the fourth century was the great pivot point by means of which Christianity became a dominant institution .  It is also the point at which the so-called Hellenization of the faith began to accelerate, infiltrate, and eventually dominate Christian theology."

--Phyllis Tickle, The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"O Lord, help me not to despise or oppose what I do not understand."

-- William Penn