We are blessed today with a poem contributed from the poet/activist Rafael Jesús González, first poet laureate of the City of Berkeley, CA and founder of the Mexican and Latin American Studies Department at Laney College in Oakland. He dedicates this work to Teilhard de Chardin.
A Brief History of Love
The first-born of Mother Chaos, it is said,
was Eros of the piercing, life-giving darts.
& then through eons & eons of Cosmic turmoil
was born Earth who in union with the Sun
through eons & eons of gestation
gave birth to Life. Through more eons & eons
of calamity, catastrophe & trial,
Life grew sentient —colors & sounds,
smells, tastes, the feel of things.
And later after eons & eons
(though far less) it grew conscious
of wonder & of myth, of history & science,
strange mixtures of love & fear,
curiosity, invention, & awry desires,
until Tonantzin, the Great Mother
is wounded by us, her wayward children.
Awaking to what is
now we must defend the Earth
with a fierce love.
Breve historia del amor
El primogénito de Madre Caos, se dice,
fue Eros de las saetas penetrantes, dadoras de vida.
Y luego a través de eones y eones de agitación Cósmica
nació la Tierra que en unión con el Sol
a través de eones y eones de preñez
dio luz a la Vida. A través más eones y eones
de calamidad, catástrofe y prueba,
la Vida se hizo sensible —colores y sonidos,
olores, sabores, tacto de las cosas,
Y más tarde después de eones y eones
(aunque muchos menos) se hizo consciente
de asombro y de mito, de historia y ciencia,
extrañas mixturas de amor y de miedo,
curiosidad, invención y torcidos deseos
hasta que ahora Tonantzin, la Gran Madre
es herida por nosotros, sus hijos desviados.
Despertando a lo que es
ahora tendremos que defender a la Tierra
de nosotros mismos
con un amor feroz.
© Rafael Jesús González 2014
See Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth.
Also see Matthew Fox, Christian Mystics
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Tonantzin, Mission District mural. Photo by Andy Cross on Flickr.
Midpoint Image: Indigenous Waorani women, protesting ‘rushed’ hearing of their suit against the Ecuadoran government selling tribal land, shut down court with song. Photo by Sophie Pinchetti for Amazon Frontlines. Mongabay News.
Queries for Contemplation
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.
Christian Mystics: 365 Readings & Meditations
As Matthew Fox notes, when an aging Albert Einstein was asked if he had any regrets, he replied, “I wish I had read more of the mystics earlier in my life.” The 365 writings in Christian Mystics represent a wide-ranging sampling of these readings for modern-day seekers of all faiths — or no faith. The visionaries quoted range from Julian of Norwich to Martin Luther King, Jr., from Thomas Merton to Dorothee Soelle and Thomas Berry.
“Our world is in crisis, and we need road maps that can ground us in wisdom, inspire us to action, and help us gather our talents in service of compassion and justice. This revolutionary book does just that. Matthew Fox takes some of the most profound spiritual teachings of the West and translates them into practical daily mediations. Study and practice these teachings. Take what’s in this book and teach it to the youth because the new generation cannot afford to suffer the spirit and ethical illiteracy of the past.” — Adam Bucko, spiritual activist and co-founder of the Reciprocity Foundation for Homeless Youth.