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Week of 1/30-2/03/2023: Heroes and Martyrs for Love and Justice

January 30, 2023. Completely satisfied (Belated) Feast Day to Thomas Aquinas!
On this DM, Matthew shares with us a poem, of kinds, created with the phrases of Thomas Aquinas. This poem, these phrases, have been translated by Matthew from a few of Aquinas’ main works. They embrace such gems as: The greatness of the human particular person consists on this: that we’re able to the universe. And Pleasure is the human’s noblest act. And The identical Spirit who hovered over the waters initially of creation hovers over the thoughts  of the artist at work. 

“Saint Thomas Aquinas, Protector of the College of Cusco.” Artist unknown. Wikimedia Commons.

January 31, 2023. The Tao of Fierce Knowledge by Thomas Aquinas, Half II.
Matthew shares the second half of a “poem” created by Matthew utilizing Aquinas’s personal phrases. Listed below are some excerpts: Each fact with out exception— –and whoever could utter it— is from the Holy Spirit. And Compassion is the hearth that Jesus got here to set on the earth. And Conscience is extra to be obeyed than authority imposed from the skin. And Angels carry ideas from prophet to prophet. And It’s not possible that anybody cover the phrases of God, when their coronary heart is infected by love. Amen.

February 1, 2023. A Temporary Historical past of Love, Devoted to Teilhard.
We proceed the theme of affection with a poem by the poet/activist Rafael Jesús González, who dedicates this work to Teilhard de Chardin. Some excerpts are as follows: …by way of eons & eons of Cosmic turmoil was born Earth who in union with the Solar by way of eons & eons of gestationgave beginning to Life. By extra eons & eons of calamity, disaster & trial, Life grew sentient…. Awaking to what’s, now we should defend the Earth from ourselves with a fierce love.

Indigenous Waorani, protesting ‘rushed’ listening to in opposition to the Ecuadoran authorities promoting tribal land, shut down court docket with tune. Picture by Sophie Pinchetti for Amazon Frontlines. Mongabay Information.

February 2, 2023. Talking of Love, a Phrase 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 these in energy. He knew that his life was at risk and he mentioned thus: You possibly can inform the folks that in the event that they proceed in killing me, that I forgive and bless those that do it. Hopefully, they are going to understand that they’re losing their time. A bishop will die, however the church of God, which is the individuals, won’t ever perish. And: When the church hears the cry of the oppressed it can’t however denounce the social constructions that give rise to and perpetuate the distress from which the cry arises. Shortly after this speech, he was gunned down whereas celebrating Mass.

February 3, 2023. Talking of Love, continued: Sister Dorothy Stang.
Sister Dorothy Stang is one more martyr for love and justice. Sister Dot was an alumna of our Institute in Tradition and Creation Spirituality. She fought for justice for the peasant farmers of the Amazon and was subsequently a goal by these, just like the Bolsanero regime of Brazil, who wished to use the Amazon. A part of her heartbreaking testamony to the State Senate was: “Have you ever ever heard a monkey sobbing in ache as his bushes are being burned?” In February of 2005, assassins intercepted her as she walked by way of the forest alone. She pulled out her Bible and started to learn to them the Beatitudes. They gunned her down.

Sister Dorothy Stang, Memorial, photograph by Roberto de Vasconcelos on WikiMedia Commons.

February 4, 2023. Phrases from Sister Dorothy and These Who Knew Her.
Dorothy’s brother mentioned the next about his sister: I miss this warrior very a lot! She felt and touched the divine within the poor, within the forest, in herself, and throughout her. In the meantime, Sister Dorothy mentioned: We should assist the individuals recapture a relationship with Mom Earth that’s tender and type. We should make nice efforts to avoid wasting our planet.  Earth shouldn’t be in a position to present anymore.  Her water and air are poisoned and her soul is dying of exaggerated use of chemical compounds. She was dedicated to the wrestle for justice till her dying day.

Banner picture: Love and Justice 4 All. Picture by RODNAE Productions on Pexels.

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Fox’s spirituality weds the therapeutic and liberation present in North American Creation Spirituality and in South American Liberation Theology. Creation Spirituality challenges readers of each spiritual and political persuasion to unite in a brand new imaginative and prescient by way of which we be taught to honor the earth and the individuals who inhabit it because the present of a very good and simply Creator.
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