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November 4, 2012

JUSTICE, November 4, 2012

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Dear People Whom God Loves, The justice teaching of our church goes back a long way and is currently confirmed by modern papal teachings.  When we look at how St. Thomas Aquinas defined justice in the 13th century we can see why our church’s position today does not endorse either socialism or capitalism.  Thomas calls […]

November 4, 2012

ONE CHRISTIAN’S STORY, November 4, 2012

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Dear People Whom God Loves, ONE CHRISTIAN’S STORY Everything starts and ends with God.  The way that we image God has a profound influence on the way we live.  My image of God has changed through the years.  Our images of God all fall far short of what God is, but some images are more […]

October 28, 2012

HEAVEN A PLACE? HEAVEN A STATE OF BEING? – October 28, 2012

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Dear People Whom God Loves, When we think of heaven as a place, we usually think of it as a place of reward that God gives us because of our good behavior.  Heaven in this understanding is something that we earn.  It is not a gift.  This is the unfortunate tendency that some of us […]

October 28, 2012

HEAVEN A PLACE? HEAVEN A STATE OF BEING? – October 28, 2012

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Dear People Whom God Loves, When we think of heaven as a place, we usually think of it as a place of reward that God gives us because of our good behavior.  Heaven in this understanding is something that we earn.  It is not a gift.  This is the unfortunate tendency that some of us […]

October 21, 2012

SPIRITUAL GROWTH – XII, October 21, 2012

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Dear People Whom God Loves, We continue with the shadow and meditation.  Difficult as it is for me to acknowledge my shadow, I do find it helpful to pray and ask God to help me see myself as I truly am.  I know that this will reveal a lot of ugly stuff.  It is good, […]

October 14, 2012

SPIRITUAL GROWTH – XI, October 14, 2012

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Dear People Whom God Loves, Now, how does meditation fit in all of this?  When we meditate, we just let ourselves be aware of any thoughts, feelings, emotions, or impulses.  We don’t judge them.  We just let ourselves be aware of them.  They are just there. Now, what is wrong with that?  Nothing.  What is […]

October 7, 2012

SPIRITUAL GROWTH – X, October 7, 2012

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Dear People Whom God Loves, When I read Integral Spirituality about five years ago, I learned something.  In reading it again, I realized that I had remembered only that meditation was not a substitute for psychological therapy.  I now see more clearly why this is so.  Here is what is clear to me, but I […]

September 30, 2012

SPIRITUAL GROWTH – IX, September 30, 2012

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Dear People Whom God Loves, As we understand what the shadow—also called the disowned self—is, we can look at how our disowned self can be owned once again.  We could also put it this way.  How can we become aware of our shadow and thus prevent the harm that it does to ourselves and others. […]

September 16, 2012

SPIRITUAL GROWTH – VIII, September 16, 2012

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Dear People Whom God Loves, We now turn to how we project onto others these disowned parts of ourselves that we no longer see as part of us. To use anger again.  When our anger has been put into our shadow (which means we aren’t aware that we are angry), why do we see others […]

September 9, 2012

SPIRITUAL GROWTH – VII, September 9, 2012

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Dear People Whom God Loves, Chapter 6 in Ken Wilber’s book Integral Spirituality is titled “The Shadow and the Disowned Self.” He makes the important observation: “…an understanding of psychodynamic repression as well as ways to cure it, is something contributed exclusively by modern Western psychology.”  Consequently, it is possible to be a good meditator […]

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