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Sin: Symptom of Separation. The Myth of Transgression »

October 14th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

First the fall, and then the recovery from the fall, and both are the mercy of God. —Julian of Norwich (c. 1343­­–c. 1416) [1] It is in falling down that we learn almost everything that matters spiritually. As many of the parables seem to say, you have to lose it (or know that you don’t have it) before you will really seek it, then find it, and fittingly celebrate (see all […]

Sin: Symptom of Separation. Leaving the Garden »

October 7th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

Now let’s look at “The Fall,” as we usually refer to the pivotal event described in Genesis 3. The Fall is not simply something that happened in one historical moment to one archetypal couple, Adam and Eve. It happens in all moments and lives. It is the shape of creation. It sets the plot line. After Adam and Eve took their identity as separate from their Source, “the eyes of […]

Sin: Symptom of Separation. Hidden with Christ in God. »

September 30th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

The Judeo-Christian creation story says that we were created in the very “image and likeness” of God: “Let us create humanity in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves” (Genesis 1:26). The true human identity must build on this foundational goodness, a true identity “hidden in the love and mercy of God,” as Thomas Merton once put it. [1] “Image” is our objective identity as children of God and […]

Thoughts on Our Faculty of Reason. Thoughts on Spiritual Blindness »

September 18th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

By Michael Haldas Thoughts on Our Faculty of Reason, June 1, 2016 “… as a human faculty, faith is unlike, but in a way connected to, the act of reasoning, by which we make sense of the world around us. It is an “understanding” of that which is beyond understanding. Just because something is beyond understanding does not make it unreasonable. Like music and art, faith is not opposed to […]

True Self and False Self: The Illusion of Our False Self »

August 19th, 2019    Posted in Daily Meditations

Guest writer and CAC faculty member James Finley continues exploring insights on the true self and false self that he gleaned from Thomas Merton. In the following text, Merton makes clear that the self-proclaimed autonomy of the false self is but an illusion: Every one of us is shadowed by an illusory person: a false self. This is the man I want myself to be but who cannot exist, because […]