Week of 6/12 – 17/2023: Generosity and the Nobility within Us All

June 12, 2023. Kindness and Generosity, Lost Children Found in a Jungle & more
We all had cause to rejoice when four indigenous children were found in the jungle after being alone for 40 days following a plane crash in which their mother, the pilot, and another passenger were killed. This remarkable story is a beautiful reminder of the kindness and sacrifice involved in caring for our kin (how the 13-year-old must have stepped up so heroicly into her responsibility to care for her siblings), as well as the generosity and kindness of those who would not give up the search.

France 24 reports on jungle rescue of Colombian children. Video by FRANCE 24 English.

June 13, 2023. Generosity and Nobility: Intrinsic to All, Basic to Worship
The word “generous” in its archaic form meant to be highborn and characterized by a noble spirit. However, nobility shouldn’t necessarily mean being born into a noble class. Eckhart said that, rather, it means being born “from the noblest foundation of all,” namely that of the Godhead, the epitome of generosity.

June 14, 2023. Meister Eckhart on How All People are Nobles and Aristocrats
Eckhart preached about the nobility of everyone. This got him in some hot water, as you can imagine. Indeed, there were two trials against him, and the second one did not go well. Sadly, he died shortly thereafter, and then after his death, was condemned. One of Eckhart’s statements was: How nobly humans are constituted by nature, and how divine is the state to which they can come by grace…. Instead of attacking nobility directly, he chose to elevate the peasant. This is an important concept today when there are people who would elevate a certain leader and project all their power onto him. Perhaps if they could instead learn to see the nobility within themselves, there would be no need for a “leader” who promises to avenge their anger and hatred of others.

“Communion of Saints tapestry, Los Angeles Cathedral… (depicting) 135 saints and blesseds from around the world, including holy men and women of North America canonized by the Church.” Photo by Barbara Hartford/James Strong on Flickr.

July 15, 2023. Eckhart on the Nobility of All, Part II
We continue to explore Eckhart’s wise words. Matthew tells us that Eckhart relates our nobility to our being part of the “kingdom of God.”  If the kingdom of God is everywhere, we are all royalty, all part of it, no matter our status in society. Eckhart talks about our inner self as being the place where the inner seed of God is found. He says: The inner person is the one of whom our Lord says that ‘a man of royal birth went to a distant country to be appointed king.’  This is the good tree of which our Lord says that it always bears good fruit and never evil fruit.  For it desires goodness and is included to goodness. He further accentuates our divinity by saying: “The seed of a pear tree grows into a pear tree, a hazel seed into a hazel tree, the seed of God into God.”  

June 16, 2023. Eckhart on Democracy (and Love, Equality, Compassion, Justice)
Eckhart speaks of compassion: You are to love, esteem, and consider all people like yourself; what happens to another, whether it be bad or good, should be for you as if it happened to you. He also insisted that “compassion means justice.”  He speaks also of equality, telling us that “between a master and his servant there is no peace because there is no real equality.”  As Matthew says, Remarkably, Eckhart’s deeply held sense of democracy precedes Thomas Jefferson by 450 years.

PBS NewsHour covers the movie, “Loving,” about the story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia couple who took their struggle for the right to interracial marriage up to the Supreme Court.

June 17, 2023. Juneteenth Holiday 2023: Generosity and Justice on the Rise
Generosity is linked with kindness, and kindness is linked with compassion, and compassion is linked with justice. Eckhart has a wonderful statement about this: “Compassion is where peace and justice kiss.” And generosity also has its roots in nobility. Well, if each of us has that spark of nobility and divinity, then the inherent dignity in us will cause us to rise up and demand the justice that is everyone’s birthright. And this marks the holiday we celebrate this weekend.

In this beautiful, powerful video, we hear wisdom from Maya Angelou. Here is a piece of it: “The brute, the bigot, and the batterer are all children of God, whether they know it or not.” Lencha Sanchez on YouTube

Banner image: “Crown on the bust of John the Baptist, c. 1370, St. Johann, Aachen.” Wikipedia. Public Domain
(The esoteric meaning of a crown is “divine authority, power, and inner strength. It symbolizes the spiritual connection of an individual to the divine realm and signifies their spiritual awakening and the realization of one’s true potential.” Spiritual Desk)

Recommended Reading

The Hidden Spirituality of Men: Ten Metaphors to Awaken the Sacred Masculine

To awaken what Fox calls “the sacred masculine,” he unearths ten metaphors, or archetypes, ranging from the Green Man, an ancient pagan symbol of our fundamental relationship with nature,  to the Spiritual Warrior….These timeless archetypes can inspire men to pursue their higher calling to connect to their deepest selves and to reinvent the world.
“Every man on this planet should read this book — not to mention every woman who wants to understand the struggles, often unconscious, that shape the men they know.” — Rabbi Michael Lerner, author of The Left Hand of God

Passion for Creation: The Earth-Honoring Spirituality of Meister Eckhart

Matthew Fox’s comprehensive translation of Meister Eckhart’s sermons is a meeting of true prophets across centuries, resulting in a spirituality for the new millennium. The holiness of creation, the divine life in each person and the divine power of our creativity, our call to do justice and practice compassion–these are among Eckhart’s themes, brilliantly interpreted and explained for today’s reader.
“The most important book on mysticism in 500 years.”  — Madonna Kolbenschlag, author of Kissing Sleeping Beauty Goodbye.  

Wrestling with the Prophets: Essays on Creation Spirituality and Everyday Life

In one of his foundational works, Fox engages with some of history’s greatest mystics, philosophers, and prophets in profound and hard-hitting essays on such varied topics as Eco-Spirituality, AIDS, homosexuality, spiritual feminism, environmental revolution, Native American spirituality, Christian mysticism, Art and Spirituality, Art as Meditation, Interfaith or Deep Ecumenism and more.

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4 thoughts on “Week of 6/12 – 17/2023: Generosity and the Nobility within Us All”

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    Jeanette Metler

    DM community. This week has been particularly challenging. Recovering from pneumonia. Feeling many confusing and mixed emotions about so many things. Prayers, much appreciated… to help me through all that Im struggling with. Thanks.


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      I’m so sorry to hear you’re going through all that! Pneumonia is scary serious. Feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and frightened is completely understandable. Then depression builds on all that anxiety, with a side helping of doubt, but the sick, exhausted brain is not the best wisdom-guide. Please be patient with yourself and take it easy. If you start feeling overwhelmed with depression, get help immediately.
      I’m praying for your fast recovery, both physically and emotionally.
      You are a beautiful soul and you give so much wisdom to us. Take care of you.

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      Illness always lowers our defenses. Do not expect too much of yourself at this most vulnerable time. May God’s loving and healing presence enfold you, comfort you, and sustain you as you recover. Peace and every good to you. Sue

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