Monthly Archives September 2014

Walking…and Listening

I love my music and audiobooks as much as any audiophile, and often an iPod and a long walk are the perfect coupling. I also tend to have a puritanical meme running through my head to the effect that, if I’m going to take the time (out of work) to walk, I’d jolly well better have a destination. The Food Coop. Bloomsbury Books. The Post Office. The Library. Then someone sent me this quote. It not only taught me the origin of the word “saunter,” it also reminded me that the Spiritual and the Beautiful can be as “useful”—lifegiving, even
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Journey Inward 2013

Journey Inward in 2013 Rabbi Benjamin Barnett’s Trustworthy Guide I don’t typically pay much attention to bumper stickers. But, en route to a meeting in Medford Oregon recently I noticed one that caught my eye and imagination: “Promote Spiritual Literacy: Journey Inward.” We all know about “literacy”—the ability to read and write competently. There’s computer literacy, and the more metaphorical emotional literacy. But, “spiritual literacy” caused a little inner jolt. It was suggestive, and impressed me right off as true. And, I sensed, the start of 2013 was a great occasion to make a renewed and a firmer commitment to
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The Divine Imagination in the "Thisness" of Things

Recently, my friend Rabbi Joshua Boettiger (Temple Emek Shalom in Ashland, Oregon) asked me what I understood by Swiss theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar’s notion of “glory.” (Rabbi Joshua is reading von Balthasar’s The Glory of the Lord, volume 1: Seeing the Form.) I described glory, from my limited vantage point, in “Hopkinsian” terms: • the inscape (essential form) and • instress (energy that animates and emanates from the form–its particular “splendor”) I’ve used the words “form” and “force” to capture the intrinsic and extrinsic dimensions of the “thisness” of a person and other things in nature–the very “thing” (form)
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Falling with Grace: The Call to Become a True Elder

In this visionary work, Rohr writes about the duties of the first half of life and then charts the adventures of the second half of life where spiritual maturity is the goal. Or to put it another way, the first stage is to create a strong container for identity whereas the second stage is to fill that container with the content of our deepest and fullest self. — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, reviewers of Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward:  A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life This is not a truth we want to hear, much less heed:  we
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