It is by no means enough not to steal the property of others; you are in error if you keep to yourself the wealth which God has created for all. He who does not give to others what he possesses is a murderer, a killer; when he keeps for his own use what would provide for the poor, one can say that he is slaying all those who could have lived from his plenty; when we share with those who are suffering, we do not give what belongs to us, but what belongs to them. This is not an act of pity, but the payment of a debt. — Pope Gregory the Great (6th Century)
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“The truths underlying religion are eternal. They cannot be invented. There will always be differences of emphasis, according to the varying needs of the times. The fundamental truths, however, remain forever the same.” — Paramhansa Yogananda, The Essence of Self-Realization
“Our duty is to keep alive in man his spiritual intuitions. To oppose and counteract – after due investigation and proof of its irrational nature – bigotry in every form, religious, scientific, or social, and cant above all, whether as religious sectarianism or as belief in miracles or anything supernatural. What we have to do is to seek to obtain knowledge of all the laws of nature, and to diffuse it. To encourage the study of those laws least understood by modern people, the so-called Occult Sciences, based on the true knowledge of nature, instead of, as at present, on superstitious beliefs based on blind faith and authority.” – H.P. Blavatsky, The Key to Theosophy, p. 48
“If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is Thank You, it will be enough.” — Meister Eckhart
Proverbs 14:31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him.
Proverbs 17:5 Whoever mocks the poor insults his Maker; he who is glad at calamity will not go unpunished.
Proverbs 19:17 Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed.
Psalm 12:5 “Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan, I will now arise,” says the Lord; “I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
Isaiah 58:1-10 “Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the straps of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover him, and not to hide yourself from your own flesh?
Matthew 25:31-40 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
Living Cosmology: Christian Responses to Journey of the Universe
Sharon Kugler, Yale University (Chair)
Mary Hunt, Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual
Chung Hyun Kyung, Union Theological Seminary
Rosemary Radford Ruether, Claremont Graduate University
Organized by the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale in honor of Thomas Berry’s 100th birthday, “Living Cosmology” offered participants an opportunity to hear from dozens of scholars and religious practitioners on the Christian response to the Emmy Award winning film, Journey of the Universe. This free conference opened Friday evening with a reception and screening of the film and closed Sunday evening with a celebratory service.
November 7-9, 2014. Yale Divinity School, 409 Prospect St., New Haven, CT
Support for the Living Cosmology Conference is gratefully acknowledged from:
Yale Divinity School
Porter Fund, Berkeley Divinity School
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
Reverend Albert Neilson
Marianne and Jim Welch
Copyright © 2014 – The Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale. Please do not copy, distribute, and/or modify these materials without express written consent of the Forum on Religion and Ecology at Yale.
A Brief for the Defense
by Jack Gilbert
Sorrow everywhere. Slaughter everywhere. If babies
are not starving someplace, they are starving
somewhere else. With flies in their nostrils.
But we enjoy our lives because that’s what God wants.
Otherwise the mornings before summer dawn would not
be made so fine. The Bengal tiger would not
be fashioned so miraculously well. The poor women
at the fountain are laughing together between
the suffering they have known and the awfulness
in their future, smiling and laughing while somebody
in the village is very sick. There is laughter
every day in the terrible streets of Calcutta,
and the women laugh in the cages of Bombay.
If we deny our happiness, resist our satisfaction,
we lessen the importance of their deprivation.
We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world. To make injustice the only
measure of our attention is to praise the Devil.
If the locomotive of the Lord runs us down,
we should give thanks that the end had magnitude.
We must admit there will be music despite everything.
We stand at the prow again of a small ship
anchored late at night in the tiny port
looking over to the sleeping island: the waterfront
is three shuttered cafés and one naked light burning.
To hear the faint sound of oars in the silence as a rowboat
comes slowly out and then goes back is truly worth
all the years of sorrow that are to come.
Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss explains his main gripe with organized religion: “It implies things about the real world that are just not true.“
“God respects me when I work
But he loves me when I sing.” — Rabindranath Tagore
“Love me, my brothers, for I am infinitely superfluous, and your love shall be like His, born neither of your need nor of my deserving, but a plain bounty. Blessed be He.” — C.S. Lewis
“Bhakti, love of God, is the essence of all spiritual discipline … Through love one acquires renunciation and discrimination naturally.” — Ramakrishna
“Oh thou who art trying to learn the marvel of love from the copybook of reason, I am very much afraid that you will never really see the point.” — Hafiz
“To savour in our hearts in a certain manner and to endeavor to experience in our souls the power of the Divine Presence and the sweetness of heavenly glory, and this, not only after death but even in this mortal existence. This is most truly to drink of the gushing fount of the Joy of God.” — Institution of the First Monks
“Love without attachment is light.” — N.O. Brown
“God alone is Real and the goal of life is to become united with Him through Love.” — Meher Baba
“If you have love you will do all things well.” — T. Merton
“Love suffereth long, and is kind; love envieth not; love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, does not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not its own, is not provoked, taketh not account of evil; rejoiceth not in unrighteousness, but rejoiceth with truth; beareth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. Love never faileth.” — Paul of Tarsus
“A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move towards higher levels.” — A. Einstein
LOVE in the World’s Great Religions:
Christianity: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is Love.”
Confucianism: “To love all men is the greatest benevolence.”
Buddhism: “Let a man cultivate towards the whole world a heart of Love.”
Hinduism: “One can best worship the Lord through Love.”
Islam: “Love is this, that thou shouldst account thyself very little and God very great.”
Taoism: “Heaven arms with Love those it would not see destroyed.”
Sikhism: “God will regenerate those in whose hearts there is Love.”
Judaism: “Thou shalt Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and thy neighbor as thyself.”
Jainism: “The days are of most profit to him who acts in Love.”
Zoroastrianism: “Man is the beloved of the Lord and should Love him in return.”
Baha’i: “Love Me that I may love thee. If thou lovest Me not, My love can no wise reach thee.”
Shinto: “Love is the representative of the Lord.”
We can transcend the world of materialism and ascend the world of the spirit and love. With the body, decay and death are inevitable. With the spirit, we can become better people, expand the spiritual world, and find life, love and fulfilment that do not yield to death. Bathe in optimism. Eliminate the bad. Open yourself to the power of good. Feed the spirit.