Blog Posts for "Franciscan Spirituality"

Trash is Beautiful?: Ecology, Franciscanism, and Slavoj Zizek

"Hans-Jürgen Schult’s, known as HA Schult is a conceptual artist who often uses trash to create his art. In 1996 he created an art installation titled Trash People where he constructed one thousand life size ‘people’ made from crushed cans, electronic waste and other refuse from human consumption." This AP picture was taken outside the Cathedral in Cologne, Germany.(picture and quoted part of caption from http://ladyofthearts.blogspot.com/2011/01/h-schult-trash-people-and-beach-garbage.html)This morning I watched The Examined Life, a film featuring philosophers such as Cornel West, Judith Butler, Slavoj Zizek and Avital Ronell and others. Here's the IMDB...

Know Thy Self (Part 1)

Discernment can take on many forms, but during novitiate I have kept coming up against a common subject of discernment which has revealed itself to be a very difficult one to undertake. This, for me, has been the discernment of self. Through personal experiences, classes, spiritual reading and spiritual direction, this importance of self-discernment has continued to pop up over and over again. The discerning of one's self, in light of one's relationship with God, is a very common theme to be found among the works of many spiritual writers. Being a big fan of authors such as Thomas Merton,...

Contemplative Vision

Now that my Peru experience has ended, I'm not sure exactly how I want to continue with this grand blogging experiment. I developed a form that worked for me… a way of using life experience and looking through it as a lens to learn something about discerning a vocation. I hope to continue using that form when it suits my experience. With school and ministry coming up, I should have lots to draw on. Part of me use wants people to know that life has meaning and we have to take time to look at it to discover what that...

Here, And In All Your Churches

While I am no longer in Perú, there is one experience there that I have wanted to talk about and something else always came up instead.While I was on Mission up in the mountains, in Andagua, that Sunday morning my two brothers and I took off into the mountains for a "desert experience." I over-dressed, expecting it to be colder. There is a whole other article in that but it isn't the point I'm wanting to make here. We journeyed into the mountains, among the volcanos, for probably two hours. It was an amazing country. Dry but irrigated, peaks...

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