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The Role of Inner Awakening in Compassionate Action: The Worldview of Wisdom Teacher Cynthia Bourgeault

“In my own efforts to live the gospel I have found that it is virtually impossible to reach and sustain that level of ‘perfect love’ without a practice of contemplative prayer . . .. Ordinary awareness always eventually betrays itself … Continue reading

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“If You Will, You May Become All Flame:” Teachings of the Christian Desert Fathers and Mothers with Cynthia Bourgeault

Our central image of the 4-day retreat: below the flame is a desert mother holding a scroll that reads, “Light the divine fire within yourself.” (See end of the piece for a close-up of the image.) Introduction The burning question … Continue reading

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“Opening of Self to the Divine Presence:” An Introduction of Centering Prayer for Students

“The goal in Centering Prayer is not to stop thoughts altogether, but to develop a detached attitude toward them. Fighting your thoughts is useless; releasing them is blessed.” –  Cynthia Bourgeault, The Heart of Centering Prayer Dear students, The biggest … Continue reading

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Wisdom Jesus and Centering Prayer Retreat with Cynthia Bourgeault

Our HKIS group of retreaters and friends with Cynthia Bourgeault at the end of a spiritually enriching day on May 1st at Tao Fung Shan in Shatin. This entry shares my introduction of Cynthia on the day of her presentation, … Continue reading

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Centering Prayer and the Call to Wisdom: A Personal Reflection

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart [bhakti], with all your soul [raja], with all your strength [karma], and with all your mind [jnana].” – Huston Smith’s forward, p. xiii in American Veda by Phlip Goldberg. Introduction I … Continue reading

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The Gate of Heaven is Everywhere: Visionary Images of Christian Education

Following failure as a soldier, Francis of Assisi came to a radical re-visioning of his life that can be aptly summarized in 2oth century Catholic monastic Thomas Merton’s phrase, “The gate of heaven is everywhere.” His affection for brother sun … Continue reading

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St. Francis, Pentecost, and Assisi 2012: A Christian Vision of Contemplative Action

Cynthia Bourgeault (second from right) is joined by Suzanne Friedericks (far right), Richard Friedericks (second from left), and myself (far left) in front of an image of St. Francis.  Cynthia along with Richard Rohr taught a week-long course in Assisi … Continue reading

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