Life in the Spirit: Weekly Summary
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by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM
16h ago
Sunday We all are temples of the Holy Spirit, equally, objectively, and forever! The only difference is the degree that we know it, draw upon it, and consciously believe it. —Richard Rohr Monday The gift of the Spirit is God’s own power to love unconditionally—and to transform the world by that power. This gift of knowing the Spirit, of being able to love as God does, is the same gift we need today. —Richard Rohr Tuesday When Jesus is understood in relationship with Spirit as presence, wisdom, and power, we can experience Jesus as a dynamic figure, one related to God’s mysterious activity and ..read more
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Transforming Spirit
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by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM
2d ago
Father Richard reflects on how the Spirit’s presence can transform our lives and institutions:   Without a conscious living in the flow of the Spirit—through us, within us, and for us—and those are the three movements—I think prayer can become merely functional. But if we live within that flow, prayer can become an experience of mystical communion. There is no problem to be solved; it’s simply enjoying what is, learning how to taste it, learning how to receive it, learning how to see God in it, and knowing that this now—whatever it is—is enough.     When that flow is not there ..read more
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The Spirit Is for All
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by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM
3d ago
Author Lisa Sharon Harper describes the diversity of the early church:  At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit rushed in and caused all those present to speak in languages that were not their own. Each person understood the others…. God established the confusion between languages at the Tower of Babel (see Genesis 11). At Pentecost, God brought the languages together, but not in the way we would imagine. God did not unite the world under one imperial language. Rather, the power of God made it possible to have unity in the midst of diversity. God made it possible for people to speak languages that ..read more
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The Spirit in Jesus
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by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM
5d ago
Religious historian Diana Butler Bass describes the intimate relationship between Jesus and the Spirit:  The Spirit empowers Jesus to be continually present in the world, and, it must be admitted, the same Spirit has been fully at work since creation…. Indeed, God’s Spirit conceives Jesus, initiates his public ministry, and sustains his spiritual life. The Spirit is the driving force, the animating creative life of the entire cosmos, responsible, in particular, for the vision of those in human history most attuned to the heartbeat of God. Even the apostle Peter recognized this as he prea ..read more
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A Further Baptism 
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by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM
1w ago
Pentecost Sunday When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability. —Acts 2:1–4   In this Pentecost homily, Father Richard Rohr encourages Christians to recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit, a gift God has already given us!   ..read more
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Loving a Suffering Planet: Weekly Summary 
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by Brian McLaren
1w ago
SundayWhen you dance with doom, doom changes you. But the dance can also change you for the better, leaving you more humble and honest, more thoughtful and creative, more compassionate and courageous… wiser, kinder, deeper, stronger… more connected, more resilient, more free, more human, more alive.   —Brian D. McLaren  Monday  To hold both knowing and unknowing in a delicate, dynamic, and highly creative tension … that is one of the primary skills we will need if we want to live with courage and wisdom in an unstable climate.   —Brian D. McLaren  Tuesday&nb ..read more
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Dreaming of a Harmonious Earth 
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by Brian McLaren
1w ago
Brian McLaren shares his vision of a restored Earth where humans live equitably with the Earth, other humans, and the more-than-human world:   This is my dream, and perhaps it is your dream, and our dream, together: that in this time of turbulence when worlds are falling apart, all of us with willing hearts can come together … together with one another, poor and rich, whatever our race or gender, wherever we live, whatever our religion or education. I dream that some of us, maybe even enough of us, will come together not only in a circle of shared humanity, but in a sphere as big as ..read more
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Prayer and Politics
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by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM
1w ago
Everything begins in mysticism and ends in politics. —Charles Péguy, Notre Jeunesse  Father Richard shares how a regular practice of contemplation changes how people behave in the world, even on a larger scale:    It seems to me that a regular practice of contemplation makes it almost inevitable that our politics are going to change. The way we spend our time is going to be called into question. Our snug socioeconomic perspective will be slowly taken away from us. When we practice contemplative prayer consistently, the things that we think of as our necessary ego boundarie ..read more
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A Heart-Centered Revolution
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by Brian McLaren
1w ago
The greatest challenge of the day is: how to bring about a revolution of the heart, a revolution which has to start with each one of us? —Dorothy Day, Loaves and Fishes  Authors LaUra Schmidt and Aimee Lewis Reau consider the impact of a heart-centered revolution made possible through our connection to one another:   We can experience joy, love, and beauty on this planet, even as it changes around us. To do this, we have to build personal and collective resilience—an ability to find equanimity in unpredictable times and as the suffering around us increases. We do this not by av ..read more
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Welcoming Reality 
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by Brian McLaren
1w ago
Brian McLaren offers the phrase “welcome to reality” as a helpful acknowledgment of the devastation and uncertainty that the increasing climate crisis brings:    Our global civilization as currently structured is unstable and unsustainable. Ecologically, our civilization sucks out too many of the Earth’s resources for the Earth to replenish, and it pumps out too much waste for the Earth to detoxify. Economically, our civilization’s financial systems are complex, interconnected, fragile, and deeply dependent on continual economic growth. Without continual economic growth, financ ..read more
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