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Relationships – Creation Ecology Quiz. Ecology – How gentle are we with God’s creation Imagining faith = living faith. Petrified imagination – in stone Fuzzy critical – change only for the sake of change Paschal – dying and rising living hearts not stony hearts

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relationships creation ecology quiz
Relationships – CreationEcology Quiz
  • Ecology – How gentle are we with God’s creation
imagining faith living faith
Imagining faith = living faith
  • Petrified imagination – in stone
  • Fuzzy critical – change only for the sake of change
  • Paschal – dying and rising living hearts not stony hearts

Ronald Rolheiser OMI

“Come & See” Inquiry

western latin fathers st augustine original sin st anselm doctrine of atonement
Western (Latin) FathersSt. Augustine - Original SinSt. Anselm - Doctrine of Atonement

Dominican Tradition

Thomas Aquinas

Sin & atonement centered

Spirituality of Addition

work at worthiness and earn salvation

No sin– no Jesus

Primary Catholic Theology

Leo XIII - 1879

Juridical – Path of Ascent


Spirituality of Ascent/Addition

Path of Ascent

  • Performance based - individual piety aimed at earning worthiness & salvation
  • Steeped in sin language - atone for sin, guilt, penance
  • Laws, Rules Commandments, rituals, devotions aimed at me and God – e.g. Lectio Divina
  • Asks the Wrong questions –who is right - who is wrong
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Cappodocians – Greek Fathers


Basil the Great

Gregory of Nyssa

Gregory Nazianzus

Western (Latin) FathersSt. Augustine -- Original SinSt. AnselmDoctrine of Atonement

Dominican Tradition

Thomas Aquinas

Sin & atonement centered

Jesus as expiation for sin

work at worthiness

Performance based

Primary Catholic Theology

Pope Leo XIII -1879

Juridical – Path of Ascent

Franciscan Tradition

Francis & Clare

Bonaventure & Scotus


Jesus - blueprint of creation

Only God is worthy

Love & gift based

Alternate Catholic Theology

relational - Path of Descent


Spirituality of Descent (St Francis)


Path - Descent

Jesus & the Gospels are 2nd Half of life teaching/witness

  • Not based on earning anything, but on powerlessness
  • not individualized, based on being in community
  • based on relationships
  • institutional evil/structural sin
  • unearned worthiness/giftedness
  • different questions ( equitable distribution ) wants/needs stewardship of creation
the foundation of franciscan spirituality
The Foundation of Franciscan Spirituality
  • Incarnation
  • Humility & Poverty of God
  • Jesus is the reason for all creation
  • Path of Littleness [descent]
    • creatureliness & dependance

Mutual & reciprocal relationships

God -- Each Other -- Creation

Francis describes how to approach creation – - as Family
  • Brother Sun
  • Sister Moon and Stars
  • Brothers Wind and Air
  • Sister Water
  • Brother Fire
  • Sister Earth

How/Why to “transform” – Clare’s

insight based on her letters to Agnes

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Clare of Assisi - “Chiara” = Bright one
  • Born 1194 into noble family - Offreduccio
  • Receives tonsure from Francis approx 1212 at age 18 w/approval of Bishop Guido
  • Later joined by her sister Catherine they settled into the convent at San Damiano
  • Clare’s Rule bonded them to Francis’ evangelical life – became the “Poor Ladies”
clare s spirituality
Clare’s Spirituality
  • Though monastic, her spirituality is not the classic monastic path of ascent, or transcending the material [inferior & evil] to achieve spiritual perfection [superior & holy] – Escape from nature
  • Based on her journey w/Francis. Clare emphasizes Incarnation as starting point of spirituality, goodness of creation and God cannot be found apart from the world – immersed in nature
clare of assisi
Clare of Assisi
  • Jesus reveals the totality of Love and the heights we can aspire to.
  • Heaven is not a place, but a relationship of Love
  • Everything that exists is dependent on and uniquely loved and called into relationship
poverty humility
Poverty & Humility
  • Poverty is the approach to God, not a poverty of want/need, but embracing our humanity and realizing our absolute dependence on God and each other
  • Humility [vulnerability] – allows us to enter relationship and to accept relationship from others
  • Doors to transformation
tran sfo rmation
  • No human imperfection outweighs God’s love and embrace – we are uniquely loved just for being who we are.
  • Relationship defines the us and our dignity
  • Body of Christ = our willingness to change from self-importance/aggrandizement in order to become the living face of Christ to our world i.e. enflesh God and become an image of God
image of god
Image of God
  • Not have power of authority over others but to serve
  • Image of God = being relational
    • To love
    • To feel, laugh, cry, suffer &/or enjoy the other
    • Ultimately to lay down one’s life -- to make the others need more important then self
what do you see in a mirror what service does a mirror provide
What do you see in a mirror?What service does a Mirror provide?

What do you see in the Cross?

What do you see in the Mirror of the Cross?

What image is reflected there?

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Mirror of the Cross – Clare’s Transforming tool
  • Cross is love made visible
  • Mirror of Perfection [the Cross]
    • Inward image
    • Outward reflected image
    • Christian life is about visible presence
  • Eucharist is not a private dinner to refresh our souls or feed our personal piety, it is the body and blood of Christ combining with our body and blood and becoming real in the world.
lectio vs mirror me god vs image of
Read Scripture – orally savor the words of the text, taste and see

Meditate on the story – actively imagine yourself as a person in the story

Pray – allow the Scripture raise a voice within to pray – thanksgiving, praise even supplication

Contemplate – sit in quiet, allow God the space to speak to you – draw you into a deeper union, relationship, and escape the world.

Gaze on Him = visually embrace the crucified Christ

Consider Him = how do I participate in His life – loving, forgiving & healing

Contemplate Him = to move beyond ourselves and allow ourselves to be transformed to imitate

Imitate Him = become that which we love in reality & action. Leads us to see God in all creation & invites our participation

Lectio vs MirrorMe/God -vs- Image of
why clare s spirituality is eucharistic spirituality
Why?Clare’s Spirituality is Eucharistic Spirituality
  • The Mirror of Perfection is to draw us into seeing in the face of Jesus our own face and to help transform us into the hands and feet of Jesus walking in the world today.
  • It is to see the love of God in everything and everyone and in turn to become the love of God given for others - Eucharist

Summary 7 Steps of Franciscan Spirituality

God is absolute love, being and creativity. Creation is dependent upon God to exist.

God has freely chosen Incarnation (becoming fully human) before the human choice for sin.

Christmas is of primary importance to us.

Christ is the perfect image of who God is for creation.

Every creature is unique, gifted, and living in relationship.

Nothing humans have the ability to do has the capacity to make God do something.

Mercy, forgiveness and justification are God's actions.

Brother Joe Schwab, OFMExecutive Director, Franciscan Renewal Center

how gentle is our relationship with god s creation
How gentle is our relationship with God’s Creation?
  • Scores
  • 14 42 70
  • 11A 19A 45A
  • 2.6p 4.2p 10p
  • USA Average is 24A
  • Earth has 4.5A/person of producing acreage
gazing exercise
Gazing exercise
  • Gaze at Him
  • Consider Him
  • Contemplate Him
  • Imitate Him
  • And in this mirror find your true self in a long loving look at the divine