The first theme of The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à Kempis
is dying to self. The second theme is detachment
because attachment to material things
is one of the great impediments to the spiritual life.
However, according to Matthew Fox
Meister Eckhart is as different from Thomas à Kempis
as compassion from sentimentalism
as passion from repression
as celebration from asceticism.
The new science should cause religious people to celebrate
because “radical amazement,” according to Abraham Heschel
is the primary characteristic of a religious attitude to life.
Ponder for a minute what the new science tells us:
the sun emits more energy in the form of light
in one second than all of humanity has consumed
in its whole history – four million tons of energy –
which is thirteen million times
the energy consumption of USA in a year.
Non-dual thinkers use knowledge like this
not to “puff up” but to build up/induce awe/transform others
starting with themselves.
They never use knowledge
to shame those who know less or control them –
they use knowledge to help us all
see reality with new eyes.
The birth of radical awe is good timing
because along with our new scientific/technical knowledge
comes awesome power
and so greater wisdom is absolutely necessary.
Humility/wisdom/compassion are needed
when it comes to science and technology
are the only things that give us new eyes
to see the Holy Spirit/the Divine Knowledge/the Divine Plan
and according to Oscar Romero
“There are many things that can only be seen
through eyes that have cried.”