My Deep prayer for the New Year is that we humans continue to do our INNER WORK that can lead to far healthier OUTER WORK.
With that in mind, our DM’s recently have been focusing on the issue of a healthier masculine and feminine gender balance in our consciousness and ultimately in our institutions and professions including religious, political, economic, media, educational and academic institutions.
Some people seem to think that this healthier balance is in competition with the Webb Telescope launch. I heartily disagree and that is one reason I cited from the profound statement from Howard Thurman about the importance of the “curiosity of our race” in our quest for our origins—a quest that can be deeply enhanced by Webb if it is successful.
I remind you of the teaching from Thomas Merton that I have cited in a previous DM. [see it here] I repeat it here.
Even if humans can fly, so what? There are flying ants. Even if man flies all over the universe, he is still nothing but a flying ant until he recovers a human center and a human spirit in the depth of his own being.”
But part of that human center is, as Thurman insists, a “curiosity about our origins.” This is where Webb Telescope can assist us.
Merton goes on: What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves. This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it all the rest are not only useless but disastrous.
This ‘most important of all voyages’ is an inner journey into our deepest selves to see what is holding us back from our best self.
Webb is not about escaping earth–it is about bringing more knowledge about Father Sky and therefore our deepest history to Earth. How Earth came about therefore.
https://dailymeditationswithmatthewfox.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/1_02_2022-A-New-Year-Prayer.pdfI am against Elon Musk’s notion that a few rich people will start life over on Mars and save our species. Quite the opposite—we should stay here and do the INNER work that will allow us to reinvent our outer work and repair the Earth as we know it.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, A Way To God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey, pp. 121f.
See also Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth.
To read a transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Queries for Contemplation
How has your inner life expanded because of the gifts we have received from the Hubble Telescope? How might our inner lives expand from the gifts we might receive from the Webb Telescope? Might it bring people into more cooperation as distinct from competition?
A Way to God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey
In A Way to God, Fox explores Merton’s pioneering work in interfaith, his essential teachings on mixing contemplation and action, and how the vision of Meister Eckhart profoundly influenced Merton in what Fox calls his Creation Spirituality journey.
“This wise and marvelous book will profoundly inspire all those who love Merton and want to know him more deeply.” — Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism
Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth
Fox’s spirituality weds the healing and liberation found in North American Creation Spirituality and in South American Liberation Theology. Creation Spirituality challenges readers of every religious and political persuasion to unite in a new vision through which we learn to honor the earth and the people who inhabit it as the gift of a good and just Creator.
“A watershed theological work that offers a common ground for religious seekers and activists of all stripes.” — Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice.