Two days ago we ended our DM with a paragraph from Fr. Bede Griffiths that went like this:
The self is not the little conscious ego, constructing its logical systems and building its rational world. The self plunges deep into the past of humanity and of the whole creation. I bear within my mind, my memory in the deep sense, the whole world.
The self, therefore, is cosmic in size. Psyche and cosmos marry.
Since then, a news item about religion has come out that has been called “silly” and “ridiculous” and “oh, for Pete’s sake” by people who have some sense of the spiritual (as distinct from the religious).
Like St. Paul who said “the letter kills but the spirit gives life.”
How is this for the letter/literal that kills? It seems that a priest in the diocese of Phoenix has been baptizing babies for years by say “we baptize you in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit” instead of “I baptize you…etc.”
Now people are running around like chickens without their heads on saying God can’t deal with this.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (the same ones who denounced 108 theologians and ignored pedophile priests under Cardinal Ratzinger) chimes in and says: “It’s all invalid. These people aren’t baptized. Therefore they aren’t married either. And those ordained priests aren’t really priests, etc. etc.”
To which I say: Breathe deep. Calm down.
If this is not an example of the triumph of the legalistic mind (plus the anal retentive compulsions of canon lawyers) and the failure of religion and theology I don’t know what is.
Re-read Fr. Bede above. Move from religion to spirituality, folks. God is not as small minded as some humans are.
No wonder the new generation is turning its back on organized religion. Quit projecting your man-made rules born of “little conscious egos and rational worlds” and start living in the real world, the cosmos, God’s world, the cosmic Black Madonna’s world. Grow your soul.
Isn’t it time to start living the healthy masculinity of Father Sky and the Blue Man (who is all about intuition and creativity) and the greatness of the Cosmic Black Madonna—and leave your petty ego games behind?
See Matthew Fox, The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine, pp. 3-18, 153-172, 231-244.
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: “Authentication error” photo collage. Baptism photo by Josh Applegate on Unsplash; error page photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash.
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What is your response to this 4 alarm fire among some religionists?
The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine
To awaken what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, ranging from the Green Man, an ancient pagan symbol of our fundamental relationship with nature, to the Spiritual Warrior….These timeless archetypes can inspire men to pursue their higher calling to connect to their deepest selves and to reinvent the world.
“Every man on this planet should read this book — not to mention every woman who wants to understand the struggles, often unconscious, that shape the men they know.” — Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of The Left Hand of God