Our recent day with Teresa Forcades i Vila OSB was ‘electrifying’! I don’t exaggerate when I say that because Teresa is a great communicator and a passionate believer in issues of justice. This particular day was about ‘God and sexuality’ and Teresa wanted to examine issues around the very contemporary topic of diversity and a theological examination opening up the question:
Do we want to have a theological anthropology for the majority or for all?
Our day was held on the 27th January 2018 at Marino Institute of Education Dublin 9
It has taken me a week to process what happened last weekend when we at New Monasticisms invited Teresa to visit us in Ireland. Given that our day was tight time wise it helped me to be reminded of the content by way of the recordings that Eoin made for us. If you are interested in these recordings please log on to www.eist.ie
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Teresa insisted that we need to acknowledge objectively what makes us human and the variation in our chromosonal makeup. Her medical background gave the springboard for the discussion about diversity.
She quoted Thomas Aquinas who always started with the human experience. God as unlimited intelligence and unlimited love ‘whispers to us’ (my words) that all diversity is a blessing and not intended to be marginalised.
Teresa outlined for us an examination of space, time and sex within this context. She pointed out that in God there is no space but there is reciprocity and unity in difference. In God there is no time but there is Truth – the dynamic trust (fidelitas) and consistency of being.
When Teresa examined God she pointed to the fact that in God there is no sex but there is Fire/Ecstacy vitality and creativity. She quoted From Hildegard of Bingen – ‘viriditas’ encapsulating the divine force of nature, the depth and breadth of which is reflected in creation.
Teresa had to travel back to Berlin early on Saturday evening. This meant curtailing our afternoon somewhat…I am not finished listening to the recordings and hope to get a deeper understanding.
In essence we got a flavour of one of Europe’s great thinkers and speakers. We recognised her wisdom as rooted in that quiet contemplative space.
We hope that Teresa will consider coming back to us as there is much more to hear and much more to discuss!
Annette Esser who has devoted her life to keeping the legacy of Hildegard of Bingen alive will give a presentation at the upcoming conference Pilgrimage and the Evolution of Spiritual Tourism at WIT Waterford March 9th. She will speak about the Hildegard pilgrim way. Other inspiring speakers include Karen Ward on Brigid’s Way, Nadine Eckmann sacred tourism researcher, Deirdre Ni Chinneide, Vreny Enongene, Lesley-Ann O’Connor, , Dolores Whelan, Liz Murray of the Begnet’s Boat project, and many more, as well as international keynote speakers Dee Dyas, Stefano Dominioni and our own John O’Dwyer. this exciting conference is intended to lead to many great initiatives in ecologically respectful pilgrimage in Ireland.
Organised by SpIRE and WIT
TUNING THE HEART
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