I have just been introduced to the ideas of Matthew Fox, a former Dominican, who teaches, among other things, the concept of Original Blessing. We are all lovingly created in the image of God, as blessings in the world.
Is there room for this in the Catholic way? Don’t we all consider our children blessings? I see some of this in the church’s pro-life teaching. However, Fox is apposed to the concept of Original Sin. He says that promotes the idea that we are born as blotches on the world, in need of redemption.
As with anything, it seems to me there should be room for both concepts.
He has other ideas that are interesting. His idea of mysticism I have found to be well grounded in my experience in the church. Letting go, trusting God, and having a personal connection and guide are familiar, as anyone who has used the Serenity Prayer can tell you. I’m not sure why Fox thinks Catholicism doesn’t have this, unless it is just sour grapes.
Fox’s fixation on the Mother Godess I find baffling and unecessary, but his talk of love and passion I find intriguing. The idea that God is in everything, and everything is in God also promotes an ecological and world consciousness that is very popular. However, I still don’t understand his opposition to the church (or the church’s opposition to him), as an earth conscious humility seems OK, and a lovingly bridled passionate side, rather than a suppressed passion that is sometimes preached, does not seem out of place with my Catholic experience.
Anyone have experience with this earthy-crunchy (my wife’s words) side of spirituality?