January 30, 2023. Happy (Belated) Feast Day to Thomas Aquinas!
In this DM, Matthew shares with us a poem, of sorts, created with the words of Thomas Aquinas. This poem, these words, were translated by Matthew from some of Aquinas’ major works. They include such gems as: The greatness of the human person consists in this: that we are capable of the universe. And Joy is the human’s noblest act. And The same Spirit who hovered over the waters at the beginning of creation hovers over the mind of the artist at work.
January 31, 2023. The Tao of Fierce Wisdom by Thomas Aquinas, Part II.
Matthew shares the second half of a “poem” created by Matthew using Aquinas’s own words. Here are some excerpts: Every truth without exception— –and whoever may utter it— is from the Holy Spirit. And Compassion is the fire that Jesus came to set on the earth. And Conscience is more to be obeyed than authority imposed from the outside. And Angels carry thoughts from prophet to prophet. And It is impossible that anyone hide the words of God, when their heart is inflamed by love. Amen.
February 1, 2023. A Brief History of Love, Dedicated to Teilhard.
We continue the theme of love with a poem by the poet/activist Rafael Jesús González, who dedicates this work to Teilhard de Chardin. Some excerpts are as follows: …through eons & eons of Cosmic turmoil was born Earth who in union with the Sun through eons & eons of gestationgave birth to Life. Through more eons & eons of calamity, catastrophe & trial, Life grew sentient…. Awaking to what is, now we must defend the Earth from ourselves with a fierce love.
February 2, 2023. Speaking of Love, a Word from Oscar Romero.
Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, now a saint, knew that his impassioned work on behalf of the poor was not endearing him to those in power. He knew that his life was in danger and he said thus: You can tell the people that if they proceed in killing me, that I forgive and bless those who do it. Hopefully, they will realize that they are wasting their time. A bishop will die, but the church of God, which is the people, will never perish. And: When the church hears the cry of the oppressed it cannot but denounce the social structures that give rise to and perpetuate the misery from which the cry arises. Shortly after this speech, he was gunned down while celebrating Mass.
February 3, 2023. Speaking of Love, continued: Sister Dorothy Stang.
Sister Dorothy Stang is yet another martyr for love and justice. Sister Dot was an alumna of our Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality. She fought for justice for the peasant farmers of the Amazon and was therefore a target by those, like the Bolsanero regime of Brazil, who wanted to exploit the Amazon. Part of her heartbreaking testamony to the State Senate was: “Have you ever heard a monkey sobbing in pain as his trees are being burned?” In February of 2005, assassins intercepted her as she walked through the forest alone. She pulled out her Bible and began to read to them the Beatitudes. They gunned her down.
February 4, 2023. Words from Sister Dorothy and Those Who Knew Her.
Dorothy’s brother said the following about his sister: I miss this warrior very much! She felt and touched the divine in the poor, in the forest, in herself, and all around her. Meanwhile, Sister Dorothy said: 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. She was committed to the struggle for justice until her dying day.
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.