July 10, 2023. Remedies For a Sick and Diseased and Dangerous Supreme Court
In this DM, we explore some of the many conflicts of interest on display with the current SCOTUS as well as some ideas on how to remediate the situation. These include: voting and getting out the vote; pressuring the Senate to establish new legal guidelines for the court, as well as appointing a third party to ensure compliance; expand the number of justices in the Supreme Court; and urge the press to be diligent in reporting abuses of power and privilege in the court.
July 11, 2023. Coming up for Air: Spirituality and Justice from Thomas Aquinas
In our continuing despair over the lack of ethics in our Supreme Court, we may need to bolster ourselves with some spiritual practices. The Four Paths provide one framework: Nature and contemplative practices (Vias Positiva and Negativa), creativity (Via Creativa), and working for justice (Via Transformativa). Regarding the latter, Aquinas tells us that “God is Justice” and that “the vision of God is arrived at through justice.” Justice is also intrinsic to holiness for “the saints have a heart full of justice.”
July 12, 2023. More from Aquinas on Justice, Holiness and Compassion
Aquinas teaches that justice, truth and compassion are essentially the same. He says, We find these two things, compassion and justice, in all the works of God…. He says that justice is the “greatest” of the moral virtues for it holds society together and concerns our relationship with others. He urges those fighting for justice, “to take pleasure in doing just deeds.”
July 13, 2023. Justice & Compassion as Visions of God that Melt Hearts
Matthews tells us while Aquinas is happy to talk about contemplation and to practice it, for him contemplation is not the culmination of the spiritual journey. Contemplation and action, compassion, are to go together. Compassion bears witness to the Divine: “Of all the virtues that relate to our neighbor, compassion is the greatest.” For “the sum total of the Christian religion consists of compassion as regards external works.”
July 14, 2023. M. C. Richards, Centering, and Fusion of the Opposites
Père Chenu, a great historian and theologian, points out that when societies evolve, their ideas of holiness also evolve. We have been exploring the concept of holiness in today’s world, and the four related elements of Joy, Courage, Generosity and Justice. Today we celebrate M. C. Richards. M. C. was a potter, poet, painter, philosopher, critic of education, and a faculty member of the University of Creation Spirituality. Her book Centering: In Pottery, Poetry, and the Person is a classic on art as meditation. Matthew lauds her as a champion of Joy and Courage, Generosity and Justice.
July 15, 2023. M. C. on Art as Meditation as Incarnational Meditation
M. C. Richards talks about “bodying forth.” Matthew tells us that “Love is bodily. That is why proper justice means proper food and clothing and shelter and a living and healthy earth which bears healthy food….” And that is how we connect with one another and with all of creation—by way of our shared bodiliness.
The Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times
A stunning spiritual handbook drawn from the substantive teachings of Aquinas’ mystical/prophetic genius, offering a sublime roadmap for spirituality and action.
Foreword by Ilia Delio.
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–Caroline Myss, author of Anatomy of the Spirit
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.