Returned to Ourself

Reflections on the journey towards wholeness; On the peace that finds us when, relieved from trying to become somehow "better", we live true to ourselves; And on the freedom found when our "belovedness" moves from a pious concept to the living breathing person we can be in the world.

Humility

Forces Greater Than Ourselves

Sooner or later we come into contact with ‘forces greater than ourselves,’ which if we’re not prepared for them can sweep us aside before we know what’s even happened. The created world holds a litany of awesome forces –– oceans, deserts, mountains; behemoths, leviathans; the cosmos; all majestically dwarfing us and our concerns. Then consider love, loving an other who can be both enigma and our beloved, or for that matter truly giving ourselves in love to anything, is a willing entrance into uncharted territory defined as much by what we don’t know and by our vulnerability as anything else. Then there’s God, unknowable yet present in every moment of our lives, how are we to step up in encounters with her? Daunting to be sure, but this is the situation we find ourselves in. So is there a stance we can adopt that might keep us from being overwhelmed and at the same time set us up to be receptive to the encounter with these great forces?

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Courage

"Not Knowing Is Most Intimate"

Practitioners of Zen Buddhism wrestle with a teaching story of a master questioning a pilgrim: Dizang, the teacher, asks the pilgrim Fayan, "Where are you going?" Fayan says, "Around on pilgrimage." Dizang then asks, "What is the purpose of pilgrimage?" Fayan replies, "I don't know." Dizang responds, "Not knowing is most intimate.”

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location

"We All Live In The Same House"

“We are all people...We are one family; we all live in the same house…it is better to love than to hate; it is better to be loved than divided.” - Representative John Lewis, 2016

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Freedom

The Lover and Their Beloved

A post on St. Ignatius Loyola might seem to make the above title incongruous, but a love story is at the heart of the man. Ignatius, a Basque mystic who in the 16th century founded The Society of Jesus, whom we know as Jesuits, wrote that the everyday world is the medium in which love is encountered and embraced, and that in this exchange our humanity reaches its fulfillment.

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Voting Is An Act Of Love

Loving and voting rarely make it into the same sentence, especially now when what I love would most likely apply only to loving to see the other side lose. But what we love must be in the heart of that circle we fill in on our ballot. To do otherwise is to waste a moment when we actually get to stand up and make a statement about ‘who I am,’ and stake our claim that what we hold in our hearts is worth my vote.

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Courage

Checkmate

“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” I was sitting on a beach a few years ago looking out on the ocean. There was nothing especially notable about that particular day, not one of those brilliantly clear vistas, in fact it was a warm morning with the sun making the horizon hazy and indistinct. There were a few birds flying past, a faint call off from the distance. In short, there was nothing of any postcard significance, just a warm morning along the Pacific coast.

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