September 12-17: Exploring Work, Reckoning, and Passing of Queen Elizabeth

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 12, 2022   E. F. Schumacher on Work and Spirituality In this meditation, we offer wisdom on work from E. F. Schumacher who wrote iconic material on this topic, offering insights such as,  “we are now far too clever to survive without wisdom.”

Prayers of the Cosmos, by Neil Douglas-Klotz

September 13, 2022 The Work of Neil Douglas-Klotz vs Religion by Rote In this meditation, we share how the wisdom of Aramaic scholar Neil Douglas-Klotz and the practice of rote religion in our current times.

September 14, 2022 A Thank You to Queen Elizabeth We offer our thankfulness to Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in this daily meditation by offering some reflections on her 70 years as Monarch.

September 15, 2022 Reflections on the Queen’s Passing: Otto Rank & Ben Okri Matthew Fox continues sharing thoughts on the passing of the Queen with input from the perspectives of Otto Rank and Ben Okri.

Queen Elizabeth in Berlin, 2015, giving her famous wave in her signature bright colors. Photo by PolizeiBerlin on Wikimedia Commons.

September 16, 2022 Our Times as an Age of Reckoning Matthew Fox shares reflections on the likelihood that our current age will go down in the history books as a point of social and evolutionary reckoning.

September 17, 2022 Our Age of Reckoning, continued In this daily meditation, Matthew Fox expands upon his reflections on our age of reckoning by offering insights on religion’s complicity within the human-made systems of empire and colonialism.

Banner Image: Work and contemplation at close of day. Photo by Avi Richards on Unsplash.

Recommended Reading

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

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4 thoughts on “September 12-17: Exploring Work, Reckoning, and Passing of Queen Elizabeth”

  1. Richard Reich-Kuykendall
    Richard Reich-Kuykendall

    I had one thing to add in regard to the things we have covered this week in our Daily Meditations, and that was brought up in a comment yesterday by “Mary Ellen” she simply wrote: “Happy feast of St. Hildegard!” Now, how could we, who are devoted to Creation Spirituality, with its creation mystics, have forgotten to give one day to Hildegard of Bingen, a true mystic-prophet ??? In the future let us not forget our spiritual ancestors–and thank you Mary Ellen, because I was guilty of forgetting as well…

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    Watching some of the tribute to Queen Elizabeth 11 at Westminster, I was struck by the diversity of people who filed past her casket and the diversity of their responses–some just looked, some bowed, some crossed themselves. I agree with Matthew’s comment that there seems to be a lot of criticism from some Americans. Maybe we are a bit envious that we do not have such a revered figure. It seems to me we should be able to hold both the respect she is due and the valid criticisms of colonialism and calls for reforms—and reparations—not either/or but both/and.

    1. Richard Reich-Kuykendall
      Richard Reich-Kuykendall

      Sue, You write today in part: “Watching some of the tribute to Queen Elizabeth 11 at Westminster, I was struck by… the diversity of their responses”–and I not less than you. On top of it all, I was surprised that my wife’s church had a High Tea yesterday afternoon in honor of the Queen, and they roped me into being a waiter for the event that hosted over 50 women. They even had a hat sale in honor of the fact that the Queen had over 5,000 hats. I, myself was embarrassed by the whole thing because of what you mention at the end of your comment, and that being: “the valid criticisms of colonialism and calls for reforms—and reparations…”

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