Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Liberating Spirituality

Sr. Marilú Rojas Salazar is a member of the Misioneras de Santa Teresa de Lisieux congregation in Mexico. She has a doctorate in systematic theology from the Catholic University of Louvain and is a professor of theology at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Puebla. She will be leading a workshop on " Liberation Theology and Spirituality" at the Congresso Continental de Teologia in Brazil in October.

By Marilú Rojas Salazar (English translation by Rebel Girl)
Adital
8/24/12

The Intercontinental Theology Congress which will take place in São Leopoldo, Brasil and the end of which is to keep the spirit of Vatican II alive, awakens a great hope for new understanding and projection of a liberating spirituality able to respond to the challenges of a reality that urgently demands ecojustice ethics.

We Catholic women on the American continent are aware that the phenomenon of poverty (the feminization of poverty), the new "ecological holocaust", violence, the violations of everyone's human rights, and so many other realities that directly affect women, children, indigenous peoples and the environment, are keeping us in a situation of slavery.

This reality demands of us a response from a deep and radical spirituality to the following of Jesus, able to transform these realities. This is why the participation of women in said conference is vitally important to the life of the Latin American Church, which is largely composed of women.

There is an urgent need to rethink spirituality from the ecological paradigm and restore the tradition of the mystics who developed a spirituality based on a theology of creation. This theology of creation takes its inspiration in the awareness of the trinitarian indwelling of God in all the realities that surround us for the well-being of all beings and, as such, in the recognition of the human being (man-woman), of his/her being as a creature and not as servant and master, since the latter leads to the logic of dominion and exploitation that impedes a harmonious relationship of respect, justice, and the recognition of the dignity of other beings.

The prophetic spirituality that has characterized the Latin American Church is finding new channels and paradigms of expression in its journey. These new channels are: an ethical spirituality of ecojustice, interculturality as the road to dialogue and mutual enrichment of the various religious traditions and expressions, inclusivity from the perspective of women, among others.

This globalized, empoverished and violent world urgently needs an ecumenical spirituality that unites its efforts to respond to the Christian prophetic challenge that this change of era demands. The ecumenical expression of spirituality will lead us to maintain the firm hope that "another world is possible." The active and committed hope of liberating spirituality will prevent falling into the meaninglessness and apocalyptic pessimism typical of the influx of various spiritualist movements.


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