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640 We can move into actions of restoration that are firmly planted in love

Day 640 Thursday, December 16, 2021

We can move into actions of restoration that are firmly planted in love

Hope Beyond Our Lifetimes

(Grace Note from Pat O'Connor: I had contact with Melva's daughter and learned that Melva won’t be home for Christmas ( so sad). Please send her a Christmas card if you have a few moments. Please send to her apartment as her daughter picks up her mail.

Melva Freeman:

300 Enterprise Drive

Apartment # 306

Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Daily reflection on Hope by Richard Rohr

Theologian and Carmelite sister Constance FitzGerald identifies hope as a profound freedom to accept God and reality as it is. She takes inspiration from the work of St. John of the Cross (1542–1591):

This dynamic of being able to yield unconditionally to God’s future is what John of the Cross calls hope, a hope that exists without the signature of our life and works, a hope independent of us and our accomplishments (spiritual gifts or ordinary human achievements), a hope that can even embrace and work for a future without us.

This theological hope is completely free from the past, fully liberated from our need to recognize ourselves in the future, to survive, to be someone. [1]

This gift of hope is what allows author Victoria Loorz and others to embrace a “post-doom” spirituality [2] which is large enough to face climate crises and not be driven to despair. Grounded in the Gospel, such hope affirms that love is stronger than death.

Loorz writes: Post-doom spirituality . . . accepts the fullness of our reality: the tragedy as well as the beauty. This spirituality moves into—and then eventually beyond—grief and repentance toward a deeper, more courageous, compassionate, and spiritual aliveness. . . .

Facing the reality that we’re standing on a precipice right now, as a species and as a whole planet, is sobering, to say the least. But facing what is real opens the heart to grief, which somehow opens the heart to love even more deeply. . . .

When you reconnect with the alive world in a more compassionate way, and when you realize that the whole world is a living system that can only thrive when death makes room for new life, you may feel a calm settle into you. You may find yourself with the energy that comes from love to embrace the whole story, including the necessary emptiness and loss. . . .

When we look toward what has been lost with the climate crisis or other ecological damage that our species has inflicted, we do still need to strive toward repair, but the cure is within our own mentality. The mentality that love really is as strong as death (like the beloved says to the lover in [the] Song of Solomon) compels us to regard those of us who remain—forests, polar bears, wilderness, people—with fierce love, looking toward how we can all live our highest quality of life together as beloved community, no matter what.

We do not need to minimize or overlook the pain and tragedy we encounter as we live in this time of interwoven crises. Eventually, when we recognize that the pain is directly connected with our love, we can embrace it.

We can move into actions of restoration that are firmly planted in love. [3]

Prayer For Our Community

Loving Spirit, you fill all things with a fullness and hope that we can never comprehend. Thank you for leading us into a time where more of reality is being unveiled for us all to see. We pray that you will take away our natural temptation for cynicism, denial, fear and despair. Help us have the courage to awaken to greater truth, greater humility, and greater care for one another. May we place our hope in what matters and what lasts, trusting in your eternal presence and love. Listen to our hearts’ longings for the healing of our suffering world. Please add your own intentions . . . Knowing, good Spirit, you are hearing us better than we are speaking, we offer these prayers in all the holy names of God. Amen.

[1] Constance FitzGerald, “From Impasse to Prophetic Hope: Crisis of Memory,” in Desire, Darkness, and Hope: Theology in a Time of Impasse, ed. Laurie Cassidy and M. Shawn Copeland (Liturgical Press Academic: 2021), 442–443.

[2] The idea of “post-doom” spirituality has been identified and developed by evolutionary teacher and author Michael Dowd. To learn more, go to

[3] Victoria Loorz, Church of the Wild: How Nature Invites Us into the Sacred (Broadleaf Books: 2021), 162, 163, 164, 165.

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