Thursday, June 26, 2008

CRY OF THE POOR, CRY OF THE EARTH
Is peace and happiness possible when 2/3 of humanity is suffering, hungry and poor?

LEONARDO BOFF. The following line of thinking and spiritual formation of Brazilian theologian Leonardo Boff is, to me, critical to engage in. This is a far cry from the pop theologies of prosperity, escape and political pandering to American evangelical consumption.

DEFINING FACTOR. "Is it possible to live in peace and happiness when you know that two-thirds of human beings are suffering, hungry and poor? To be human we have to have compassion. This solidarity is really the defining factor of our humanity and is gradually being lost in a culture of material values. It’s not only the cry of the poor we must listen to but also the cry of the earth. The earth and human beings are both threatened. We must do something to change the situation..."

TO BELIEVE CHANGE IS POSSIBLE. "There won’t be a Noah’s Ark to save only some of us. To meet people’s fundamental concerns change is needed. The world as it is does not offer the majority of humanity life but rather hell. I believe that change is possible, because I cannot accept a God who could remain indifferent to this world, but only one who cares about the poor and the suffering."

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