February 20, 2023. Further Teachings on the Cosmic Christ from Pre-Modern Mystics
At this time of ecological crisis on the planet, we are urged to return to a Christology which honors the Cosmic Christ and the sacredness of all that is. Following are a sample of teachings from pre-modern mystics: Divinity is the enfolding and unfolding of everything that is. Divinity is in all things in such a way that all things are in divinity. (Nicholas of Cusa, 1400-1464) This Word manifests in every creature. Now this is how the spirit is in the flesh—the Word is indivisible from God. The God of creation is worshipped by all creatures…Every creature has a spiritual life. (Hildegard of Bingen, 1098-1179) The seed of divine nature is the Son of God, the Word of God…The seed of God is in us. (Meister Eckhart, 1260-1327)
February 21, 2023. The godlessness of Fox News: A Spiritual Crisis
The trial of Dominion Voting Systems against Fox News has brought to light the fact that most of the Fox News executives and anchors knew that claims about a “stolen election” were patently untrue, and yet they nevertheless continually spouted those lies to the American public. When one reporter dared to question Trump’s claims on air, she was threatened with being fired because stock prices were down. The god of Fox News is obviously not Truth, but greed. Matthew concludes: A sick capitalism births a sick journalism that in turn sickens society.
February 22, 2023. Fox “News” versus Truth
Another revelation which emerged during the court case between Dominion and Fox “News” is that the big shots at Fox were mocking, behind the scenes, those very people whom they were interviewing on air. Clearly, Fox knew the truth and subverted it for its own purposes. Profit margins trumped truth. Around the world, Truth is often equated with God— i.e., “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.” And, the Bhagavad Gita, which declares that a world without truth is a world without God and in such a world desire alone will rule.
February 23, 2023. Ash Wednesday 2023: Should We All Give Up Fox News for Lent?
Ash Wednesday, like Ramadam in Islam and Yom Kippur in Judaism, is a time for taking stock of our lives and our values. How can I (we) do better? How can I (we) live out my (our) values more authentically? If Christ can fast for 40 days and nights in the desert, what is it that we can give up or sacrifice for 40 days? Perhaps one thing we would do well to do is cease watching Fox News, recommit ourselves to the Truth, and convince others to do the same.
February 24, 2023. Lent 2023: Is Rupert Murdoch a Father of Lies?
As we do personal spiritual inventory work during lent, we wonder: Wouldn’t it be nice if corporations took the time to do this as well? What is becoming evident for all to see is that Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is not seeking or sharing Truth so much as distorting it and investing bigly in Big Lies. It is clear that this promulgation of lies contributed in no small way to the January 6th insurrection and that it continues to endanger our democracy. Maybe Fox News should remember that while God is synonymous with Truth, Satan is “the Father of Lies.”
February 25, 2023. Teresa of Avila on Truth; Murdoch, GOAT of Lying
Rupert Murdoch, as a media mogul in three countries, wears the dubious honor of “Greatest of All Time” Liar. Among his many sins, he has paid enormous multi-million dollar salaries to Fox anchors for continuing to spout lies about the previous election, all which have resulted in disastrous effects on our democracy. In contrast, the mystics have a lot to say about Truth. For instance, St. Teresa of Avila said that we should “draw out the truth in everything…God is supreme Truth; and to be humble is to walk in truth.”
Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society
Visionary theologian and best-selling author Matthew Fox offers a new theology of evil that fundamentally changes the traditional perception of good and evil and points the way to a more enlightened treatment of ourselves, one another, and all of nature. In comparing the Eastern tradition of the 7 chakras to the Western tradition of the 7 capital sins, Fox allows us to think creatively about our capacity for personal and institutional evil and what we can do about them.
“A scholarly masterpiece embodying a better vision and depth of perception far beyond the grasp of any one single science. A breath-taking analysis.” — Diarmuid O’Murchu, author of Quantum Theology: Spiritual Implications of the New Physics
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