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Consciously, trustfully, lovingly remaining on “the Vine” (John 15:1), which is to be connected to our Source, is precisely our access point to deeper spiritual wisdom. We know by participation with and in God, which creates our very real co-identity with Christ: We are also both human and divine, as he came to reveal and model. The foundational meaning of divine transformation is to surrender to this new identity and to consciously draw upon it every day.

This realization that Someone is living in us and through us is exactly how we plug into a much larger mind and heart beyond our own. Afterward, we know in a different way, although we have to keep relearning this truth over and over again (which is probably the point of daily prayer). This demands a major surrendering of our small self, our little ego boundaries. This “foundational holiness” or ontological union with God is actually our first nature. In fact, God has always—and only—been in union with our obviously imperfect humanity. That is the essential and eternal character of divine mercy and the perfect love of God.

Living and thinking autonomously, separately, or cut off from such a Vine or Source is what Paul means by being “foolish” or “unspiritual”; whereas surrendering to our identity in God is the beginning of all wisdom and an unending power Source. Surrender to Another, participation with Another, and divine union are finally the same thing. Once we rest in this union, we look out at the world from a much fuller Reality with eyes beyond and bigger than our own. This is precisely what it means to “live in Christ” (en Cristo) and to pray “through Christ our Lord. Amen!”

Adapted from Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi, pp. 68-71 (Richard Rohr)

 

 

 

 

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Top 10 Albums of all time

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Well… here’s my Top 10 of all time (so far):

The Boxer Rebellion – Union

Imogen Heap – Speak For Yourself

The Killers – Hot Fuss

Over The Rhine – Drunkard’s Prayer

MUSE – Absolution

U2 – Joshua Tree

Coldplay – Yellow

Radiohead – Ok Computer

Travis – The Man Who

Sigur Ros – Valtari

Honorable mention:

Michael Jackson – Thriller

Adele – 21

Frank Sinatra – Best of the Best

Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

What are yours?

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MUSIC

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  Here’s some music for you to pick up if you’re interested. My debut solo EP. $4.99 Luminous CITY’s debut album. $7.99 Luminous CITY’s Instrumental album. $5.99 AND… there may … Read More →

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Why I am Anglican.

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For the majority of my life I have stayed at arm’s length and even cringed at the thought of affiliating myself with a religious denomination. Most of this stems from … Read More →

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Sacred Environments

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“I don’t know, it just seems like it doesn’t make a difference if I go to church or not. I get more out of a good day at the park … Read More →

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Seeking Mystery

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We’re taking the mystery out of our lives, faith, and the Church. Separation from definitions is most unlikely in life. Most would say that everything is either black or white. … Read More →

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