Now that you have been welcomed to the Via Transformativa, let us focus today on various acts of justice-making. Then, as you are reading, ask yourself: which of these quotations speaks to you the most?
We become ‘sons and daughters of God’
by being peacemakers, justice doers, prophets.
All are called to be prophets,
for in our hands lies the responsibility
for economics, justice, and good work.
is a liberation theology
for “First World” peoples.
Fasting allows us to identify,
at least partially,
with those millions of the world’s poor
who can never
take eating a meal or drinking good water
Religion often legitimizes
the oppression of women
with a kind of divine sanction.
creation spirituality celebrates
women’s wisdom and experience.
PERSONAL AND SOCIAL TRANSFORMATION
Creation spirituality expresses a methodology of “praxis and theory” through body prayer, art as meditation, the revision of our mystical heritage, an analysis of our cultural situation, the appropriation of scientific perspectives, ways of re-imaging our relationship to divinity, such as panentheism and the Cosmic Christ tradition, and concrete activities on behalf of social justice. All of this has one goal: personal and social transformation.
Creation spirituality critiques the sin of homophobia
and by celebrating the diversity within creation,
allows the homosexual to be homosexual.
There is no compassion among those
who are cruel to animals.
And no compassion among a science,
a philosophy or a religion
that ignores our interdependence with animals.
Creation spirituality insists that
all are mystics and all are prophets
and that all persons are called both
to their own dignity and
to responsibility and leadership.
See Matthew Fox, Creation Spirituality: Liberating Gifts for the Peoples of the Earth, pp. 61, 69, 93, 107, 74, 109, 129
See also Matthew Fox, A Spirituality Named Compassion: Uniting Mystical Awareness with Social Justice, p. 162
Banner Image: A federally-protected right – but for how long? “Straight allies protesting at Seattle March for Marriage Equality,” 2008. Photo by varnent | Ryan Georgi on Wikimedia Commons.
Queries for Contemplation
Which of these quotations spoke to you most powerfully?
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
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.
A Spirituality Named Compassion: Uniting Mystical Awareness with Social Justice
In A Spirituality Named Compassion, Matthew Fox delivers a profound exploration of the meaning and practice of compassion. Establishing a spirituality for the future that promises personal, social, and global healing, Fox marries mysticism with social justice, leading the way toward a gentler and more ecological spirituality and an acceptance of our interdependence which is the substratum of all compassionate activity.
“Well worth our deepest consideration…Puts compassion into its proper focus after centuries of neglect.” –The Catholic Register