The Univocity of Being

Written on: May 29, 2015

The doctrine of the univocity of being gives us a foundation for understanding the sacredness of everything and our connection with everything.


Richard Rohr OFM’s Daily Meditation, Learning to See: Everything is Holy (Center for Contemplation and Action, May 27) sheds light on all of our 2013 Chapter Statements as well as on our present situation of relocation.

How we see life will play itself out in our responses to all the vicissitudes of daily living. If we believe with Duns Scotus in the univocity of all being, then we understand the sacredness of everything and our connection with everything. We can resonate with Teilhard de Chardin when he says, “Seeing. We might say that the whole of life lies in that verb.”

Hence, our embracing a contemplative stance, cultivating relational integrity’ offering faithful witness as women in the Church and fostering cosmic consciousness is all somehow connected with learning to see.


Photo:  Scenes from the Life of Francis of Assisi: 15. Sermon to the Birds (fresco detail), 1297-99,  Giotto di Bondone, Upper Church, San Francesco, Assisi, Italy


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