This week guest writer and CAC faculty member Cynthia Bourgeault introduced us to Jesus, the wisdom teacher.
Jesus was not a priest or a prophet in the usual sense of those terms. Rather, he was a wisdom teacher. He stayed close to the ground of wisdom: the transformation of human consciousness. (Sunday)
How do we put on the mind of Christ? How do we learn to respond to the world with that same wholeness and healing love? That’s what Christian orthodoxy really is all about. It’s not about right belief; it’s about right practice. (Monday)
The hallmark of this awareness is that it sees no separation—not between God and humans, not between humans and other humans. These are indeed Jesus’ two core teachings, underlying everything he says and does. (Tuesday)
“Love your neighbor as yourself”—as a continuation of your very own being. It’s a complete seeing that your neighbor is you. (Wednesday)
We come into existence with a binary egoic operating system already installed. We can make the choice to upgrade. (Thursday)
Everything Jesus did, he did by self-emptying. He emptied himself and descended into human form. And he emptied himself still further, “even unto death on the cross.” (Friday)
Practice: The Divine Alchemy
Cynthia Bourgeault ties the dynamic outpouring of Trinity to Jesus’ path of self-emptying.
The passover is a significant event to Jews and Christians. This article explains more about it and why it’s important.
Good Friday is a Myth
All over the world Christians and Catholics will be observing Holy Week, from Palm Sunday April 9 to Resurrection Sunday April 16, 2017.
The Catholic church teaches that Jesus went to the cross on a Friday and rose from the grave on a Sunday morning. It sounds right, and mostly everyone across the board accepts those days and that chronology. Only one problem! It’s completely wrong according to the biblical account of what happened. This teaching is based on 1 Corinthians 15:4 which says this:
“And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:” 1 Corinthians 15:4 (KJV)
I have the complete version of this incident, written by a Muslim
brother somewhere in my Archives.
As a Franciscan and a Christian, I feel uneasy about the violent conflicts in the Middle East, Europe, and on our soil. I feel highly concerned about the frequent reports (and, yes, we need to be aware of the propaganda factor) of innocent civilians being killed or made homeless and forced into harsh refugee situations. Some accidental deaths of civilians and severe dislocations seem sadly unavoidable in warfare, but is our nation doing everything it reasonably can to value and protect such lives?
"Ismailism pioneered the most daring metaphysical thought in Islam. Its voice, at once original and traditional, should be heard again today -- a task of which it seems that the young Ismā‘īlīs are aware." (Henry Corbin)
"He brought me to his banquet hall and raised the banner of love over me. Restore my strength with raisins and refresh me with apples! I am weak from passion... His left hand is under my head and his right hand caresses me" - Song of Solomon 2:4-6