“Be ready because the light will surely come”

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Cassidy Hall post this insight into the heart and mind of Fr. Charles Cummings, OCSO

The monastic night watch is good practice in the art of waiting, as we patiently look for the coming of dawn. Monks and nuns wait in the dark, longing for the light of dawn but unable to hasten its coming. No one can force the dawn or bring it about in any way. It dawns in its own good time on those who wait for it. The ability to wait is characteristic of those who have learned to slow down and live in the fullness of the present moment. By quietly watching and praying through the night, I learn to live with the slow process of my spiritual growth. I have no control over the future, and I do not know exactly what will happen. I am asked only to stay awake and be…

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The United Self

In my last post, I left off posing some questions that I wanted my readers to consider and that I also wanted to consider for myself as we move into a new year. I have spent some time now contemplating these questions and wanted to provide my own insights into these existential questions; questions that … Continue reading The United Self

A 2020 Goal: Uniting with One's Self

"Your optimal experiences are going to occur when you are most united with yourself" - Jordan Peterson Greetings and Blessings to you all. We are 17 days into a new year and a new decade. There is quite a bit of interesting events occurring on the global stage, so I thought it prudent to take … Continue reading A 2020 Goal: Uniting with One's Self

Emergence – In a Christ Soaked World

One of the main focuses of my blog centers in on Emergent Christianity, a field of study and practice that I particularly resonate with due to Christianity being such a dominant element in the culture I was raised in. Furthermore, I believe that Christianity is one of the traditions which will be deeply effected, molded, … Continue reading Emergence – In a Christ Soaked World

The Activating Energy of Gratitude

Each of us are engaged, daily, with a wide variety of responsibilities. "Adulting" can be tiresome, draining, and we might wake up in the morning and simply not want to take part in all of the 'grown up' chores that await us. I know what that is like. I've had many "jobs" that did not … Continue reading The Activating Energy of Gratitude

Emergence eBook and the changing seasons

Love and Blessings As some of you are aware, the Emergence eBook was launched last week. I hope many of you had the opportunity to read it and that you were able to take from it something that is helpful on your own journey. As it being my first attempt at an eBook, I am … Continue reading Emergence eBook and the changing seasons

Our Field of Being – Conscious Participation

“In other words, you decide to act as if existence might be justified by its goodness—if only you behaved properly. And it is that decision, that declaration of existential faith, that allows you to overcome nihilism, and resentment, and arrogance. It is that declaration of faith that keeps hatred of Being, with all its attendant … Continue reading Our Field of Being – Conscious Participation

Great Chain of Being and Concentric Circles

Here is a post from a previous blog I had that I feel touches on some interesting ideas worth sharing again.

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For the last week, the concept of the “Great Chain of Being” has continued to arise in my awareness and I thought it prudent to share some of my thoughts surrounding this idea.

Traditionally, this concept is thought of as a linear hierarchy which ranks the various forms of creation into categories representing increasing “closeness” with God. It is also an idea which was applied to the natural world during Aristotle’s reign of thought, with the categorizing of organisms based on particular, physical traits.

This “chain of being” has provided a cosmology for Christians for well over a thousand years, providing a context of power, delineating how it flows from God all the way down to animals, plants, and minerals.

Upon further study of this idea, it had occurred to me that this hierarchy was painting an incorrect picture of creation. Specifically, it begins with the idea that God is “outside”…

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Love Thy Enemy — As yourself

"Love your Enemies and pray for those who persecute you.." - Matthew 5:44 A profound recognition has taken place in my mind, off the heals of a conversation with my ex-wife. The conversation didn't start off that well [there is still much to heal]. And in a moment of mutual release, the conversation was able … Continue reading Love Thy Enemy — As yourself