Change Happens All Year Round

The summer is passing and fall soon arrives and at St. John’s Richmond change is all around us. Reverend William (Bill) Byers will be our priest until 2017; Sunday Cool is in great need of pairs of teachers so please put Christine out of her misery by volunteering with a friend to guide the little ones; the committee of wardens and synod delegates is working to ensure the needs of the parish are well met when a new priest is assigned ; new digital arrangements are being sorted out for phones, Facebook and this Saint John’s Bulletin. September is like the Church New Year …. so Happy New Year!!!

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Union

‘All the appetites and anxieties of man, his eating habits, his sexuality, his friendships, are one single appetite and one single anxiety to achieve union with one another and with the cosmos…. This cosmic homecoming is what Christ wanted to reveal to us in the parable of the Prodigal Son.’

— Ernesto Cardenal

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Nature is religious !

‘Nature is religious in its very essence. The star-studded firmament, for example, is one great supplication. The spirit of every landscape is a spirit of prayer, and so is the deep silence of solitary places.

The crickets and the stars speak to us of God, and what they are telling us is that they are created by God.

The entire cosmos aspires to a union with that God from whom it has gone forth….The law of love is the supreme physical and biological law of the universe and also the one and only moral law (“I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you”).’

— Ernesto Cardenal

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Man is body and soul

‘Man is body and soul: matter enters into the definition of man. Matter is not something juxtaposed to an autonomous spirit and here again Marx is right against all forms of Cartesianism. Matter is not a fragile and compromising support for spirit, not a passing habitation in preparation for a definitive life. It is consubstantially “present” in man, and through it we can see the operations of the spirit.’

— M.D. Chenu

Cartesians view the mind as being wholly separate from the corporeal body. Sensation and the perception of reality are thought to be the source of untruth and illusions, with the only reliable truths to be had in the existence of a metaphysical mind. Such a mind can perhaps interact with a physical body, but it does not exist in the body, nor even in the same physical plane as the body. In general, Cartesian thought divides the world into three areas of existence: that inhabited by the physical body (matter), that inhabited by the mind, and that inhabited by God.

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Religious truth of Matter

‘Inspired by converging evolutions our generation would seem to have the task of finally determining the human truth of matter in its historical dimension. For matter is impressing its importance in the many phases of man’s collective life and in the psychological life of soul…. It is a daring assertion which proclaims the philosophical and religious truth of matter…. In the finest hour of the University of Paris, in the emancipated world of the Communes, Thomas Aquinas roused the anger and disdain of intellectuals and religious people by proclaiming the importance of matter in the metaphysics of the universe, in the constitution of man and in the evolution of society.’

— M.D. Chenu

CHENU, A GREAT HISTORIAN, feels that history today is challenging whole new dimensions in both the quantum world and the cosmic world. Yet our religious consciousness is often burdened with negative teachings about matter. Future generations will judge us on the stand we took about matter. Need matter and spirit be at odds? Do body and soul have to clash? Does spirituality have nothing important to say about work, lovemaking, economics, or ecology?                                    Chenu finds a historical precedent for the affirmation of the spiritual importance of matter in Aquinas, who dared to arouse opposition from both intellectuals and religious people in the thirteenth century by emphasizing the “importance of matter in the metaphysics of the universe, in the constitution of man and in the evolution of society.” For this reason Aquinas was condemned after he died. Only later was he canonized. To value matter is to value those who study matter, scientists. The struggle that Aquinas waged with fundamentalists and dualists in his day is still going on with fundamentalists today.

— Matthew Fox pg332 in “Christian Mystics”

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for the service of the common good.

‘If “capitalism’ is simply a system based on profit so that the whole economic system is regulated by profit, then Christianity would demand the elimination of profit altogether….We must understand that it is not excesses or abuses of various kinds which render this whole system undesirable and immoral…. Suppose that an enterprise begins with a capital of a million (francs) and after ten years has increased to five million: if these five million belong to the capital as such the fault is not due to the avarice of individuals but to the evil of the system…. A further fault of such a system is that the benefits are not used for the service of the common good. This service is the necessary justification of every productive enterprise, because work always has a double role: it must first provide a personal benefit but it must ultimately be oriented toward community needs.’

— M.D. Chenu

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History

‘History is made by the free acts of individuals and all moments of time but only through the sociability of man who lives in time. History is not a succession of biographies….Social progress is characteristically the process whereby acts of interpersonal love become exteriorized in objective social justice.’

— M.D. Chenu

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