Tuesday, May 10, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 133

This is the daily exploration for Thursday, May 12, 2016.
WE ARE EXPLORING THE PRACTICE OF DEVOTION

+ Three quotes on Caring for the Earth by Hildegard of Bingen:

·         Glance at the sun. See the moon and the stars.
Gaze at the beauty of earth’s greenings.
Now, think.
What delight God gives to humankind
with all these things. . . .
All nature is at the disposal of humankind.
We are to work with it. For
without we cannot survive.

·         Humankind, full of all creative possibilities, is God’s work. Humankind alone is called to assist God. Humankind is called to co-create. With nature’s help, humankind can set into creation all that is necessary and life-sustaining.

·         All of creation God gives to humankind to use. If this privilege is misused, God’s justice permits creation to punish humanity.

+ Devotion, of course, cannot ordinarily be restricted to any one person or movement or institution or cause.  So, many of us now are convinced that we must include Care of the Earth as a major focus of this practice.  Our environment is facing the prospect of many catastrophes even if we act quickly to change course.  If we don’t change course, the catastrophic possibilities are almost unthinkable.  We have already done considerable damage to our planet and we should make every effort ASAP to stop destroying our home.  I intend to be more devoted to caring for the Earth.  I invite you to join me in this intention.      

+ Spirituality & Practice offers many resources on the spiritual practice of Devotion.  The Hildegard quotes are found there.  You can explore Devotion even more with this link to “Devotion” on their search engine. You will find 2153 items as of 4/26/16.  And, of course, there is a Twelves Gallery of Memes on Devotion.  The Body also gets a lot of attention from S&P as you can see if you go to this link to “Body” on their search engine. You will find 1611 items as of 4/26/16.

+ I would love it if you offered a guest post on this practice or any practice.  And, I have work to do on my Devotion page.   Maybe you can help.  Send an email with the subject “Devotion” or “Guest Post” to John@abundancetrek.com.

+ You can always find a link to any of the Spiritual Explorations posts by going to http://abundancetrek.com/sepostsaccess.html

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