We have been remembering some of the love and non-dualism and gifting from two martyrs of our time in Central and South America, Oscar Romero and Sister Dorothy Stang. There are thousands of others.
People who knew Sister Dorothy well have shared some of her teachings below.
First, from her brother David Stang comes this testimony:
I miss this warrior very much! She felt and touched the divine in the poor, in the forest, in herself, and all around her. Dying for her was another divine event, just as your life has been. No dualism. Pure mysterious divine! –David
These words from Dorothy are chosen by her friends and coworkers, Sr. Joan Krimm and Sr. JoAnn Depweg who gathered them from letters Dorothy wrote over the years. They offer them as “Quotes for Prayer” from Sister Dorothy.
We, as Sisters of Notre Dame, dedicate ourselves to the poor in the most abandoned places. Living, eating, drinking, sharing daily with our people at our mission, constantly challenges us to do all we can to help bring about change.
Together we can make a difference bringing peace, joy, caring, love to our world that is losing sight of our guiding star – the goodness of the real God.
Did we make our lives so comfortable and withdrawn from reality that we cannot see the social sins that our silence is supporting?
We must help the people recapture a relationship with Mother Earth that is tender and kind.
We must make great efforts to save our planet. Earth is not able to provide anymore. Her water and air are poisoned and her soul is dying of exaggerated use of chemicals.
If we keep working, helping our people to grow through education, they will have the ability to speak up, organize, and create within themselves a spirit guided by THE SPIRIT and become a new people. I might not see this day, but with the help of all of you, our people will grow in their understanding and caring for others.
I have to fill myself up with Scripture and the spiritual life so I have the grace to continue in the struggle.
See Matthew Fox, Confessions: The Making of a Postdenominational Priest (2015 edition), pp. 341-343, 433, 448.
And Fox, Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth.
Also see Matthew Fox, Christian Mystics: 365 Readings and Meditations
To read the transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner Image: Triptych altar honoring Dorothy Stang. Images painted by her brother Tom Stang who brought the work to a Cosmic Mass. Photo contributed by Matthew Fox.
Queries for Contemplation
What words from Sister Dorothy or her brother speak most deeply to you and the decisions you are making at this time in your life?
Confessions: The Making of a Post-Denominational Priest (Revised/Updated Edition)
Matthew Fox’s stirring autobiography, Confessions, reveals his personal, intellectual, and spiritual journey from altar boy, to Dominican priest, to his eventual break with the Vatican. Five new chapters in this revised and updated edition bring added perspective in light of the author’s continued journey, and his reflections on the current changes taking place in church, society and the environment.
“The unfolding story of this irrepressible spiritual revolutionary enlivens the mind and emboldens the heart — must reading for anyone interested in courage, creativity, and the future of religion.”
—Joanna Macy, author of World as Lover, World as Self
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 I 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