Growing with Intention: Transcendent Beauty

Before I moved to Toronto, I used to live in Victoria, a beautiful city on the southeastern tip of Vancouver Island. I often found myself showing visitors around, and one of my favorite things to do with them was to take them to Beacon Hill Park, which offers a beautiful mix of carefully tended flower … Continue reading Growing with Intention: Transcendent Beauty

Bread and Circuses? A Reflection on John 6.24-35

In last week's Gospel reading, Jesus fed a crowd of thousands with just a small amount of food. In my reflection on the passage, I asked why this story was so important to the first Christians that it recurs six times in the four canonical Gospels. I suggested that it was because it manifests the … Continue reading Bread and Circuses? A Reflection on John 6.24-35

Growing with Intention: Mysticism and Meditation

Throughout history and across religious traditions around the globe, communities have turned to their mystics and masters as the great exemplars of spirituality. While in our culture today, the Buddha or Hindu gurus might come to mind first when we think about this phenomenon, it has historically been true of Christianity as well, whether East … Continue reading Growing with Intention: Mysticism and Meditation

A Foretaste of the Kingdom: A Reflection on John 6.1-21

I have to admit that I rolled my eyes when I read this week's readings and saw that the Gospel appointed for today was the Feeding of the Five Thousand as told by St. John. It's one of those stories that's a little too familiar; some variation of this story is told a total of … Continue reading A Foretaste of the Kingdom: A Reflection on John 6.1-21

Growing with Intention: An Integral Perspective on Spiritual Growth

One of the biggest ways my approach to Christianity has changed over the years has been the shift away from theology that focuses primarily on doctrines and ideas towards one that focuses on change and growth in persons and communities. It's not that I no longer uphold those doctrines — far from it. Rather, it's … Continue reading Growing with Intention: An Integral Perspective on Spiritual Growth