Each Sunday, we are offering a brief summary of the meditations from the previous week, as a kind of “index” inviting you to return to a previous meditation which may call to you.
Over the past week we have covered a number of topics. We began with an extended appreciation of the wonders of creation, celebrating the extraordinariness of the world and our need to move beyond grief and into prophetic action….and to help our children to experience awe and wonder at the sacredness of the cosmos.
We paused to ground ourselves in the paths of Creation Spirituality through the practice of meditatively walking the labyrinth, then spent two days bearing witness to the rising danger of fascism in the United States through clandestine religio-political action.
We closed the week with a short meditation inspired by the Dalai Lama: what is the identifying characteristic of our particular faith?
DM 8/29/2022: Praising the Earth, Father Sky and the Cosmos. Julian of Norwich celebrates “God (as) the goodness in nature,” charging us “with the quality of reverence and loving awe,” to “turn ourselves with all our might toward the actions” to which we are guided.
DM 8/30/2022: Maria Montessori and Thomas Berry, Birds of a Feather. Maria Montessori and Thomas Berry speak to the needs of adults and children alike to marvel at the sacredness of creation: Montessori: If the idea of the universe be presented to the child in the right way, it will do more for him than just arouse his interest, for it will create in him/her admiration and wonder, a feeling loftier than any interest and more satisfying.
DM 8/31/2022: Walking the Labyrinth: A Spiritual Practice with the Four Paths. Mary Ann Wamhoff integrates the practice of walking the labyrinth with the vias positiva, negativa, creativa and transformativa through the steps of connecting, releasing, receiving, and returning.
DM 9/1/2022: Opus Dei and American Fascism Strike It Rich. Stepping into the prophetic work of the Via Transformativa, we considered the implications of a $1.6 billion-dollar donation to the Marble Freedom Trust, headed by Leonard Leo, Opus Dei operative who arranged the appointment of six conservative Supreme Court justices.
DM 9/2/2022: American Fascism on the March: Looking further at the $1.6 billion-dollar donation to the Marble Freedom Trust, we considered the potential impact of such money in the hands of a man who has demonstrated his commitment to overthrow the impartiality of the judiciary and is already funding organizations pushing false claims about election fraud and promoting more restrictive voting rules.
DM 9/3/2022: A Short Meditation with the Dalai Lama. Contemplating a story of how the Dalai Lama defines what makes a Buddhist, we explored what is the defining characteristic of our particular faith tradition.
Matthew Fox: Essential Writings on Creation Spirituality
Selected with an Introduction by Charles Burack
To encapsulate the life and work of Matthew Fox would be a daunting task for any save his colleague Dr. Charles Burack, who had the full cooperation of his subject. Fox has devoted 50 years to developing and teaching the tradition of Creation Spirituality and in doing so has reinvented forms of education and worship. His more than 40 books, translated into 78 languages, are inclusive of today’s science and world spiritual traditions and have awakened millions to the much neglected earth-based mystical tradition of the West. Essential Writings begins by exploring the influences on Fox’s life and spirituality, then presents selections from all Fox’s major works in 10 sections.
“The critical insights, the creative connections, the centrality of Matthew Fox’s writings and teaching are second to none for the radical renewal of Christianity.” ~~ Richard Rohr, OFM.