This We Believe: Meditations on the Apostles Creed

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September 12, - Published on Amazon. I found this book in a retreat house library and could not put it down.

This We Believe! Meditations on the Apostles' Creed

It is a very inspiring work by a talented writer, whose prose is infused with dramatic, poetic imagery. Clearly, Claudel was a man of prayer, a lover of God, an authentic disciple. September 16, - Published on Amazon. Page after page, Claudel takes one's breath away with his extra-ordinary and sometimes wonderfully shocking elucidations of Christianity. Time and time again, one cannot help but smile at the at once deeply complex yet oh so simple truths he penned. Beautifully translated from the original French by Helen Weaver.

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Go to Amazon. Discover the best of shopping and entertainment with Amazon Prime. He ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.

To say that he sits at the right hand of the Father is an image that Jesus is the most exalted one; God has divinely sanctioned him. This passage of the Creed can be interpreted in a couple of different ways, one more literal and one more symbolic. The more literal interpretation is that Jesus Christ will judge the living and the dead when he returns for the Second Coming.

To awaken from the dead, is to awaken to a life lived in Christ and the Lord who loves us.

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Even there, it goes one step further. Download pdf. Isaie, 26 10 When God took possession of the human form, when He appropriated it for His own use, when He placed Himself within it in hypostatic union, He committed an unpardonable offense against justice, good sense, and propriety. New York, Orbis Books, More filters. Isdie, 64 13 Even in God there is a respiration; we worship a living God who acts, who breathes, who exhales His very Self. God represents here the Source of all, the mystery from which we came, the longing in our hearts.

I believe in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is God alive within the world. The Holy Spirit is the life-breath energy within us that- if contacted and surrendered to- lets us commune with Thy Will. But they change place: they pass from God into us. I believe in the holy catholic church, the communion of saints. The Church is where those who are inspired by the Holy Spirit and are faithful to God come together in sacred community.

There is also reference here to the ultimate form of Christian communion, the Eucharist. In Holy Communion we share in the body of Christ, just as in a Church community we share a life with one another.

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To believe in the forgiveness of sins is to believe that, just like the father of the prodigal son, God will always be there to embrace us when we return. The resurrection of the body refers to the resurrection and sanctification of all of creation by God. Because Jesus allowed himself to be a house for the Holy Spirit, his death was not final. He still lives in us and in the Church. The resurrection of the body speaks to the coming transformation of all of creation.

Life everlasting does not refer to a realm of eternal life once we are dead, but rather to a faith in the eternal source of life that is Spirit.

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Thus the last word of the Creed circles around and creates a unity with the first- I believe. I have faith in the trustworthiness of God. Instead it moves straight from birth to death. The Liberation Theologians made a substantial point of this omission, because in their view it leaves out the most radical and powerful components of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, which has considerable political relevance for the poor and marginalized today, as well as how we understand what discipleship entails.

In other words, only through Christian praxis is it possible for us to draw close to Jesus. Sobrino, Jon. New York, Orbis Books, It is to take the risks that he has taken, even death. Bonino, Jose Miguez. Philadelphia, Fortress Press, Steindl-Rast, Brother David. New York: Image Books, Credo: Meditations on the Apostles Creed. New York, Crossroads, New York, Living Age Books, But This I Can Believe.

Great Britian, Faith Press, Trevor, I just linked your article here on another facebook discussion some of us were having on the history-centrism that some say the Abrahamic faiths tend to orient from. I really like how you spoke to this here particularly under the Pontius Pilate line above. The article that was being discussed on facebook was contrasting the Abrahamic traditions tendency toward history-centrism, where certain historical facts need to be agreed to and believed for authentic practice and salvation, compared with the Dharmic traditions that present an a-historical path of self-realization with little to no mention of the historical figures or events and a primary focus on practice.

And, as you can imagine from my previous posts, I wish this was a more widespread practice in other churches. One day, maybe. It will be amazing to see where you take this over a lifetime. I look forward to it. Deep bows to you and to Chris for what you are manifesting. I agree that this perspective should be more widespread in churches. There are many figures pushing for this in a variety of Christian quarters, so something is in the air for sure.

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An individualistically understood "salvation of the soul" that does not liberate creation can no longer be taken seriously". The Liberation Theologians, as you know well from your work in Central America, have really picked up the radical path of Jesus and his mystical union and what it asks of discipleship in the world. The interesting thing in my likely future context will be how to relay this message to fairly comfortable middle class white congregations, esp. Might be a tough sell, but we'll see what happens I guess.

But thanks for taking the time to let me know that this process of trust is bearing a bit a fruit. Here's to the future full of promise that awaits us all, thanks Gail. Trevor, Love that quote by Soelle! Very awesome.

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May it be so. And I really appreciate your comment here. I too don't have the foggiest idea of the future either. But, I do trust and intuit that you'll find a way to lead a radically unified, mystical path for your congregations, here amidst the middle class comfort, or anywhere. Because you seem to truly know that our hearts can hold more. I added a short post this past week that was intended to act as a bit of a corollary to this one here. Some resources for entering a very dynamic Christian conversation at the beginning of the 21st, and a particular vision of post-postmodern Christianity by the Anglican bishop and scholar N.

Quite a different politics coming out of this piece than what we normally get crowding our televisions and news.

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Many Judeans took up arms against the occupation forces, others tried to politically bargain; others engaged in passive resistance. One particular strategy was used by the Jesus movement. Building on the book of Daniel -- where in chapter seven the seer had envisaged the kingdom of God with a human face, overcoming the empires, characterized as wild beasts -- Jesus proclaimed and practiced God's coming kingdom as already happening among people.

He liberated people from the demons of the oppressive powers of Rome and Mammon, the God of accumulating wealth, and built with them small cells living according to the life-giving Torah of solidarity. Thus he created leaven to penetrate the whole people, followed later by the apostle Paul building new communities of Jews and gentiles, living peacefully together in the whole oikumene of the Roman Empire.

So in the midst of an absolutely exploitative and oppressive system, the realistic policy is to resist and develop concrete alternatives among the people". Hey Trevor, Just wanted to thank you for this piece.

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I love how you are digging into this path and bringing your own light to it. And I look forward to reading through the linked resources on your recent comments as well, and also just to following your path as you progress through this journey As someone whose mother was a Catholic nun, I've been very resistant to Christianity, and had a very difficult time finding my way in it.

That said, some of my deepest experiences have come from reading the female Catholic mystics like Saint Teresa of Avila, or Catherine of Sienna. The passion, humility, service and beauty is unparalleled in other literature I've read--for me personally anyways. I feel like there is some deep resonance I have with the Christian tradition, but it has been very hard to find my way back into it. Anyways, I've started looking more into the Christian path for many reasons lately--it seems to be very up in my life.

So, very grateful for the resources at Beams. Keep up the great work. Vanessa, thanks, I appreciate you taking the time to offer that feedback, glad this resonated. Just a few thoughts to what you've written above. I know what you mean about the resonance with the Christian tradition.

I grew up in a secular family and worshiped at the altar of beer and sports in my teens. When my spiritual life opened up in my early twenties I went toward the East, toward Buddhism and Taoism and the rest of it, because I despised organized religions such as Christianity, with its violent history and its bunk social policies esp. Yet, when I traveled in Europe in that same period of my twenties, I used to love going into the churches. I'd sit in there for an hour by myself, just take it in. Something felt so peaceful and holy and familiar, I loved it. But screw Christianity and it's history, I want none of it!!

In many ways, as strange as it may sound, I've felt like I've come home. One of my theories is that it's largely cultural. Christianity is way more in our Western DNA then we think. It's the air we breathe in so many ways. I continue to be blown away by how many song lyrics and album titles come from the Bible!