God is love. — John
Love God. Love your neighbors as yourself. — Jesus
What do we mean when we say “God is love”? How do we who dare to call ourselves Christians follow the commandments to love God with all our heart, mind, soul and strength, and love our neighbors as ourselves?
I believe these questions can help us to discern the heart of the spiritual life, the essence of mysticism, the mission of Christianity, and the key to all our efforts for peace, justice, and creating a better world (“thy kingdom come”).
The pages that link from this page are explorations of how I seek to embody the love of God, neighbor, and self into my faith and life. Obviously, this is a very personal exploration, and you who read this words and ponder their meaning may find that your call to respond to, and embody, Divine love will take you in a direction different from mine. But while I make no claim that my understanding of Divine love and its call is in any way universal, I hope you may find, in my exploration, tools for discerning your own call and destiny in the heart of love.
Please note that this page is under construction! Visit again to see how this develops.
Some of the topics I plan on exploring on this page: Divine love, Love of neighbor, love of self, my particular loves: for Christian spirituality, monasticism, the Lay Cistercian community, interfaith dialogue and interspirituality, world mysticism, and the struggle for peace and justice. On these pages you will be introduced to figures like Ken Wilber, Julian of Norwich, St. Benedict, Ben Campbell Johnson, the Dalai Lama, Thomas Merton, the Celtic saints, etc. etc.