Beguiled by beauty
A contemplative life can empty us and ready us to become instruments of the Good...for the beauty of the earth.”
The celebration of this beauty of beings, their communities and ecosystems, cannot exist without mourning assaults on them.”
- Wendy Farley
Throughout our time contemplating the theology of beauty and Divine Goodness, we have been making the connections between the well-being of our souls to the well-being of the whole of earth and all beings. My prayer is that you will continue to use the contemplative practices experienced in this time to cultivate your life of compassion. The note for this last week is a quote from Dr. Farley: “A contemplative life can empty us and ready us to become instruments of the Good.… for the beauty of the earth.” May it continue to be so.
Dr. Farley speaks of why she wrote this particular book now–her own need for more resilience in tough times. How has this theology of beauty helped to deepen your ability to deal with the difficult times we are in?
As you look at the world, what “assaults on the beauty of beings” do you mourn? What unique thing are you feeling called to do as a result of being “awakened to beauty?”
What contemplative practices will you continue from this time in order to “keep your tank full” so that you may be engaged in the work of compassion and justice?