Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SPIRITUAL EXPLORATIONS – 357

This is the daily exploration for Thursday, December 22, 2016.
+ We are called to create and enjoy a realm of compassion, peace, justice and sustainable abundance for all.

+ When you give food to the poor, they call you a saint. When you ask why the poor have no food, they call you a communist.
-- Archbishop Dom Helder Camara, Brazilian liberation theologian

+ It is bad religion to deify doctrines and creeds. While indispensable to religious life, doctrines and creeds are only so as signposts. Love alone is the hitching post. Doctrines, let’s not forget, supported slavery and apartheid; some still support keeping women in their places and gays and lesbians in limbo. Moreover, doctrines can divide while compassion can only unite. In other words, religious folk, all our lives, have both to recover tradition and to recover from it.
This quote was used in SE242 when we were exploring the style of Compassion as a practice of Heavenliness.

+ We have a lot of work to do to overcome the causes of injustice on our planet.  Many deny that this work needs to be done.  Many avoid it because it’s risky.  Courage is definitely needed to face the resistance.  There are many like Dom Helder Camara who can inspire us and encourage us in the effort to expand the heavenly realm of justice on our planet.  We have met several including Martin Luther King, Jr., The Dalai Lama, William Sloane Coffin and Archbishop Desmond Tutu during these explorations of the 12 Spiritual Practices and the 9 Attributes of Heaven.


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

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