Spiritual Nonviolence, Part 3

Spiritual Nonviolence, Part 3 Active nonviolence calls (me) to recognize that what I resent, and perhaps even detest, in another, comes from my difficulty in admitting that this same reality lives also in me.[1]  Here are the ten tenants of A Spirituality of Nonviolence,[2] based on The Decalogue for a Spirituality of Nonviolence.1 I recognize … Continue reading Spiritual Nonviolence, Part 3

Spiritual Nonviolence, Part 2

Spiritual Nonviolence, Part 2 Active nonviolence call us to accept (ourselves) deeply, “who I am” with all my gifts and richness, with all my limitations, errors, failings and weaknesses, and to realize that I am accepted by God.[1]  Here are the ten tenants of A Spirituality of Nonviolence,[2] presented in Richard Rohr’s Daily Meditations for … Continue reading Spiritual Nonviolence, Part 2

Spiritual Nonviolence

Spiritual Nonviolence Active nonviolence calls us…to recognize that what I resent, and perhaps even detest, in another, comes from my difficulty in admitting that this same reality lives also in me…[1] Excerpt from “The Decalogue for a Spirituality of Nonviolence” This week I resume the series I began in June 2022 titled Guns, Mental Illness, … Continue reading Spiritual Nonviolence

Two Christianities

Two Christianities You have heard it said, “You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” But I say to you, Love your enemies… Matthew 5:43-44 I believe there are two distinct versions of Christianity. Of course there are thousands of denominational variations within the Christian church, each nuancing the church’s message, purpose, and practices … Continue reading Two Christianities

Advent and Liminality, Part 3

Advent and Liminality, Part 3 …Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word… Luke 1:38 Over the past weeks I have described Advent as a time of liminality, meaning a season that invites us into transformational growth and change. Our preparations for the celebration of Jesus’s … Continue reading Advent and Liminality, Part 3

Systemic Violence, Part 4

Systemic Violence, Part 4 (Systemic trauma) is happening right before our eyes; yet the response of American citizens has been muted by the argument that what they are seeing and hearing is not oppression at all; it is compliance with laws. But those laws just happen to be rife with ethnocentrism, rejection of the stranger, … Continue reading Systemic Violence, Part 4

Systemic Violence, Part 3

Systemic Violence, Part 3 Religions, governments, and all corporations and organizations are highly capable of evil while not recognizing it as such – because it profits us for them to be immoral. Fr. Richard Rohr[1] Last week I noted that society has ostracized a relatively new group of people from the fruits of our economic … Continue reading Systemic Violence, Part 3