CHRIST AS MYSTIC HERO: THE HERO RESTORES RESONANCE TO THE DISSONANCE OF HUMAN NATURE. The context.
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2w ago
There are few more controversial and problematic concepts than that of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ as both God and Human in expiation for the dissonance caused by the choices of humanity that lead to a failure to reach our destiny as designed by our nature. Each year, the Catholic Church, conscious of its need for collective and individual mercy, trudges through the readings of Lent in the Eucharistic Liturgy, which culminates in the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus, the Messiah. I call to your attention two resources that I used in my Lectio Divina meditations to help me surmoun ..read more
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CHRIST AS MYSTIC HERO: WATCH JOSEPH CAMPBELL ON THE IMPORTANCE OF MYTH IN OUR HUMAN PROGRESSION.
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3w ago
(Excerpted from a book I am putting together on The Christ Principle, entitled, “CHRIST AS MYSTIC HERO: A Lay Cistercian reflects how Christ is the archetypal hero on humanity’s march to Omega.“) THE SIMPLICITY OF MYTH WITH CHRIST AS MYSTIC HERO Before I embark on a series of reflections on how The Christ Principle gathers all knowledge, love, and service unto himself as an Archetype or Paradigm of what it means to be human, I encourage you to take the time to listen to Joseph Campbell, the noted commentator on human behavior. Slow down your life and speed up your enlightenment. Here is a seri ..read more
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REFLECTIONS ON NEW WINE IN OLD SKINS I: New paradigms happen because of new assumptions.
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1M ago
In a much wider sense, the analogy of wineskins fits perfectly with what I consider a paradigm change that happens inexorably. The problem is, that we notice it and don’t learn from it, or we don’t learn it and continue to always do what always did so that we always get what we always got. Here are some of my reflections on reality using this metaphor from what happens in my life when I place new wine in old skins. The Question About Fasting.o 33 And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink ..read more
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ORIGINAL SIN: The Noise of Divine Nothingness.
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1M ago
This blog continues my previous comments on original sin (The Genesis Principle), which are my ideas about noise in the physical and mental universes and my continuation of an exploration of the noise of the spiritual universe. Rereading the previous blog on “Original Sin: The Background Noise of Existing as a Human” might be beneficial. My premise is that if there is noise in the physical universe. We can hear that, and then there is noise in my other two universes that make up one reality, the mental universe, which leads to the spiritual universe. Still, the spiritual universe is also a mor ..read more
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WHAT IS THE ACHILLES HEEL OF ATHEISTS?
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by thecenterforcontemplativepractice
1M ago
Before you get a chance to think that I am an Atheist-phobe, let me pop that balloon. My view of reality states that each human, and especially me, all have an Achilles heel, a blind spot as you look out your car door window at what is behind you, a place you never looked because you never thought anything was there. This human idiosyncrasy plays out in almost every person, institution, political, and religious fringe on both extremes of any issue. I bring this up because my Lectio Divina for this morning challenged me to refrain from letting this concept hold me hostage and keep me from, as D ..read more
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I MISS PAUL HARVEY.
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by thecenterforcontemplativepractice
1M ago
Way back in 1965, I remember coming out of lunch at the refectory at St. Meinrad College of Liberal Arts in Indiana and making a beeline to the radio to listen to Paul Harvey. Such a compelling voice and good thinking are always timeless and of value. Here are a few YouTube clips that still ring true for me today. God be with you, Paul Harvey, and thanks for the rest of the story. uiodg ..read more
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ORIGINAL SIN: The background noise of existing as a human.
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1M ago
I have always been intrigued by the scientific exploration of our universe. One such incident popped into my Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5) recently. I share with you some of my ideas about the background noise of the universe of matter (the physical universe). The universe of the mind that humans possess has allowed me to reflect on the physical universe and generate observations as it pertains to my third universe, that of the spirit (for lack of a better analogy). The confrontation of universes, or more accurately, the amalgamation of one reality having three distinct components, happened ..read more
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LISTENING FOR LENTEN TRANSFORMATION
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1M ago
What follows is a contemplative practice I am using this Lenten awareness. I try to answer three questions just by reading in the silence and solitude of the upper room of my inner self and listening with the ear of the heart. I share with you what I used to discover 1. What does it mean to be a profound or deeper human? 2. What does it mean to love fiercely? 3. What is absolute truth uncorrupted by time and matter? The Devil, you say… Turn on the cc. Listen. Ponder. Inform. Form. Transform. http://www.organism.earth — is a macro or cosmic approach to reality. One of the contributor ..read more
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REFLECTIONS ON NEW WINE IN OLD SKINS I: New paradigms happen because of new assumptions.
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by thecenterforcontemplativepractice
1M ago
In a much wider sense, the analogy of wineskins fits perfectly with what I consider a paradigm change that happens inexorably. The problem is, that we notice it and don’t learn from it, or we don’t learn it and continue to always do what always did so that we always get what we always got. Here are some of my reflections on reality using this metaphor from what happens in my life when I place new wine in old skins. The Question About Fasting.o 33 And they said to him, “The disciples of John fast often and offer prayers, and the disciples of the Pharisees do the same; but yours eat and drink ..read more
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YOUR CATHOLIC HERITAGE: Think deeper and grow exponentially.
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by thecenterforcontemplativepractice
1M ago
What follows are some resources that have helped me appreciate the scope of the complexity and movement of the Catholic Church growing not only forward horizontally but deeper vertically. In my most recent Lectio Divina (Philippians 2:5), I reflected on my Lay Cistercian vocation to die to myself each day and consciously convert my life to a more profound level of existence as a human being. When I think of the opportunities for individual Catholics to grow deeper into a more structured and challenging life of prayer and penance, lay institutes and movements that, in some cases, have been arou ..read more
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