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.
September 5, 2022 A View on the Sacred Cosmos from Italy. In this meditation, Italian philosopher and psychologist Vito Mancuso translated Original Blessing as “In the Beginning there was Joy.” He advocates “putting the good and not the bad at the center, the bene-diction and not the male-diction (or the sin), the joy and not the sorrow….”
September 6, 2022 On Gratitude for the Immanence of God in Nature. Vito Mancuso gives several examples of how Matthew Fox’s words mirror the thoughts and words of Giordano Bruno, another Dominican whose life-embracing, cosmological views were so threatening to the hierarchy of the Church that he was burned at the stake during the Inquisition.
September 7, 2022 Spirituality and Work. In this Labor Day meditation, we explore how the pandemic encouraged us to look at work in new ways. The phrase “quiet quitting” explores how one can remain employed while simultaneously allowing enough energy for that which is important outside of our work world.
September 8, 2022 Speaking of Work, Let Us Praise Barbara Ehrenreich. Matthew Fox celebrates the literary work of thinker, author, and activist Barbara Ehrenreich, who consistently championed the rights of workers, women, and the underprivileged.
September 9, 2022 Barbara Ehrenreich on Joy and Celebration. In this meditation, we celebrate Barbara Ehrenreich’s beautiful book Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy in which she talks about dancing and ecstatic ritual among indigenous people. We bring this into our present-day culture with Cosmic Masses.
September 10, 2022 Joy + Justice = Compassion. In this DM, we explore Ehrenreich, Eckert and Rabbi Heschel’s thoughts on Joy, Justice, and Compassion. Says Heschel: God is not only the creator of earth and heaven. He is also the One ‘who creates delight and joy’….Even lowly merriment has its ultimate origin in holiness. The fire of evil can be better fought with flames of ecstasy than through fasting and mortifications.
Banner image: Joyful work. Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on Pexels.
The Reinvention of Work: A New Vision of Livelihood For Our Time
Thomas Aquinas said, “To live well is to work well,” and in this bold call for the revitalization of daily work, Fox shares his vision of a world where our personal and professional lives are celebrated in harmony–a world where the self is not sacrificed for a job but is sanctified by authentic “soul work.”
“Fox approaches the level of poetry in describing the reciprocity that must be present between one’s inner and outer work…[A]n important road map to social change.” ~~ National Catholic Reporter