I had the pleasure of attending a workshop with Mathew Fox last weekend. He is a theologian and Episcopal priest who was a Dominican friar for 34 years.
One of my favorite sayings of his life work is this…….
Our prophetic work is to interfere with all forms of injustice and that which interrupts authentic life (Via Transformativa).
It was a potent time for me to hear him in person, since we have witnessed so much “interruption” of authentic life in the past few weeks with devastating hurricanes and the mass shooting in Las Vegas. During the seminar, I felt moved to ask Mathew a question. I asked him for ideas about how we can move beyond the grief, fear and sadness that has interrupted our lives these past weeks. I thought I would share his answer in case it helps you to move through anything you are experiencing.
His short answer was PRAY THE NEWS.
I loved how he explained this term. The news is full of negativity and yet it also has stories of the strength of the human spirit and compassion and love. We need the balance of both of these sides. Be informed, but choose how much of your precious time is spent on the negative news and make sure you balance it with stories of compassion and service and the strength of the human spirit.
I hope this brings some grounding to you as it did for me.
Sending love and compassion form my heart to yours.